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Leading up to Christmas following a difficult year in 2019, I decided I would book myself a solo trip. Do you know what’s really fun? Telling people you are going to Paris alone. Along with worry for my safety, was people’s pity that I would be on my own in the most romantic city in the world (not my words.) I decided to go alone as there was so much that I wanted to see and do without dragging someone around museums and cemeteries for a week. I also thought it was important to spend some time with myself.

“Do you know what’s really fun? Telling people you are going to Paris alone.”

I booked my flights for the end of April and found myself an AirBnB. Considering it was my first fully-solo trip, it was important to me that I had somewhere to self-cater for the first evening or two while I got comfortable navigating the city. I had everything planned out to every little detail. Unfortunately a month before, along with the rest of the world, England went into lockdown meaning my plans were put on hold.

At the time I was absolutely gutted – I had been so excited. However, I think I was one of the really lucky few to have not lost any money. EasyJet were really accomodating and allowed me to move my flight to October and my Airbnb host moved the dates to match my new flights – Both of these changes came at no additional cost for me. I know that has certainly not been the case for so many.

As Lockdown began to drag on, I started to appreciate how lucky we are to be able to travel pretty much anywhere in the world. I realised that I was never going to go if I waited for someone to come with me. So I decided that if I wanted to go somewhere, the only person holding me back was myself.

“I was never going to go if I waited for someone to come with me.”

As Paris wasn’t booked now until October, and the world was starting to open up again, I booked a flight to Naples for the beginning of September. As someone that loves history, I have always wanted to explore the Pompeii ruins and climb up Mount Vesuvius. Naples is also home to one of my favourite foods – Pizza. I have no excuse not to go.

Crater of volcanic Mt. Vesuvius, aerial view

In the lead up to Naples I will be preparing my itinerary and writing up about previous cities and areas I have visited. Until then, I will be counting down to the moment I get to walk down the aisle… of an aircraft.



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Naples, Italy

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