Yaaay! It’s officially official – I have booked my very first ever solo trip. On Friday 1st September I will be getting on plane, and jetting off to Barcelona. Oh, and did I mention I’m going by myself? Haha! As it’s my first solo trip I’m only going for 3 nights. And I’m not going to lie, it’s bringing out all kinds of anxieties.
Anyway, so I thought I’d give you a couple of anxiety calming things that I have already done which I hope will help me enjoy the experience a little bit more. And take some of the things I have to worry about… away. I don’t want this post to seem all doom and gloom. I am super excited! If you read my ‘places I want to visit’ then you’ll know Barcelona is on my list. It’ll be nice to tick it off!
I’ve booked priority boarding
When I’ve been away before, I’ve always had someone with me. Let’s not lie about it, I’m potentially, vertically challenged. If you don’t know my height, read the 24 facts about me and you’ll have an idea ;). So I think one thing that could potentially make me a little anxious is the fact of lifting trying to lift my carry on suitcase in to the overhead storage. Therefore, I thought if I pay a couple extra quid to board before everyone else then I can take my time embarrassing myself in front of fewer people. OR, I’ll probably just ask a nice person to help me!
I’ve booked my seat on the plane
I think everyone who has travelled has a preference to a window or aisle seat. For those of you who like to sit in the middle, who even are you?! So to take away from the guessing game, and get rid of any possibility of anxiety of sitting in between two very large, foul smelling people, I have paid a couple more English pounds to reserve my window seat. I rarely need the toilet on a plane. And let’s face it, it’s only 2 and a bit hours to Barcelona. I just need to make sure I go before I board. And, I’ll only have to worry about sitting uncomfortably next to one person. The other side, I’ll get all of the beautiful views!
I’ve already checked in
Although Ryanair have let me down before, We’ll talk about the 9 hour 12minute delay back from my brother’s weddings in Rhodes (i.e. potentially the worst airport I’ve ever been too) another time! I’ve decided to fly with them again. I like that they have an app where I have all the details to hand and can do everything I need to on it. The ‘pro’ of pre-booking my seat means I was allowed to check-in almost immediately, because it’s not that long until I fly. At least now, I know it’s done and I don’t need to worry about it. Plus, they’re cheap!
I’ve printed all my documents, should anything happen
Anyone that knows me, knows I’m all about the technology. However, I can be a bit of a stationery hoarder too. I love a pretty notebook! Anyway, I’ve digressed. Since my first holiday without my parents; me and an ex-boyfriend went to Ireland, I’ve felt a lot better about having a printed paper copy of most documents. No, I’m not talking about your passport, that won’t really wash ;). However, printed copies of my flight confirmation, boarding passes and confirmation of my accommodation will definitely be in my bag. Why? Just in case! Yes, I do over think a lot of things… but what if I turn up at the hostel I’m staying at… [sorry, one minute to AHHHH at that!] and they have no record of my booking? Or, the receptionist on the desk that day doesn’t understand me? I can point at paper and get further than I can with my Spanish at the moment!
Or, the app on my phone, where I scan my boarding pass won’t load. Rather than getting panicked about it, BAM, “I have a paper copy Sir. Thank you very much.” I’m now not stressed about holding the 40 people up, I’m straight through!
So, I think I’m that conscious about money that before I even booked my flights and hostel, I knew roughly how much most things would cost. Why? Because, before I booked anything I wanted to know if I was going to be able to afford the trip.
However, now the two main things are booked and paid for now I can start thinking about everything else. Make sure you budget for food, drink, attractions, travel, and anything else you want to do whilst you’re there. There’s something about having a dance class in Barcelona that amazes me, but I don’t think I’ll be able to afford it this time.
To begin with…. That’s it! It’s that simple.
It’s just 5 weeks today that I’ll be getting on that plane so I thought every week, on Friday I’ll publish a new post that is in some way related to travelling. Whether it’s relating to solo travel or about Barcelona watch this space for a new post each week. Plus, this will be something I can tick off my 26 things to do before I turn 26! If you have any suggestions what so ever then please do drop me a message or a tweet!