This article about professionals traveling came my way just in time. Every working woman needs to take time for herself!
I just returned from a weeklong trip to the sunny (ok, most days cloudy) and beautiful island of Barbados.
Some may be wondering why I chose this title for my post. Well when I told people I was going alone, some eyes popped open as if this is a new phenomenon. Hey!! BLACK GIRLS TRAVEL TOO! And yes we too can do it alone. I’m 33. There are things I should just be doing by now in my opinion. Solo travel is on that list.
How it went down….
Found a flight via The Flight Deal
Googled the island for red flags
Scoured Airbnb for rentals
Was pleased with all I saw
Ticket and rental purchased
Why pay a travel agent when you can do the dirty work yourself?
The trip was booked for the day after my last day of work and I was packed days before that! This is one teacher who ain’t playin’ with summer break. Let the fun times begin as soon as they possibly can!
It’s another reason I chose to go alone. Of course traveling with my girls would’ve been ideal, but I had a short window of time as to not miss the deal and no time for others checking calendars, transferring funds, ‘n such.
Solo dolo and loving it!
I also didn’t care to plan with others and have to compromise on what I wanted to do. Though I knew sitting on the beach EACH. AND. EVERY. DAY. would’ve suit me, I couldn’t utilize my passport to simply beach bum it everyday. I used the time between booking and departing to create an itinerary with possibilities. Now, I didn’t create a straight up schedule because vacations for me don’t have to be rigidly planned. I searched the hashtags #Barbados often on Twitter and Instagram to see what people were saying about it and to get an idea of what was available. I heavily searched Trip Advisor as well (I value reviews in this site).
Through social media, Trip Advisor, and suggestions of friends who had been before, I had a strong list of things to keep me busy before and after checking to make sure the Caribbean Sea and sand were still in tact….and please note, I checked on them each and every day.
I didn’t do everything on my list, but did do most in addition to things I hadn’t considered thanks to the suggestion of the hostesses for the guesthouse.
Bamboo grows taller than I could’ve expected!
Bus ride from Bridgetown, the capital.