My solo travels started with France. I had never traveled on my own, in fact, even the thought of traveling alone gave me anxiety. But I decided to book everything online (months before), so that I had no choice but to go through with it.
I landed in Paris and the anxiety instantly washed away and was replaced with excitement. Although France was just a 12 hour plane ride away, in my mind it seemed like it was unreachable and just a pipe dream.
I didn’t really know where to begin, nor did I really care, I was in PARIS!
The first lesson I learned was the importance of transportation. I had never really thought of the distance between my airbnb and the airport. I guess I just figured that they were both in Paris, so it wasn’t really a big deal. But cabs are expensive and now when I plan a trip I look for cheaper transportation options.
I arrived at my airbnb, it was small, my luggage barely fit up the stairs (no elevators). Another lesson was learned, make sure that the place you are booking has elevators or is at least on the ground floor and not the 8th floor!!
I wanted to explore everywhere and everything! I got fortunate to learn that I had arrived just days before Bastille day (huge celebration in Paris). Another lesson for you guys! check the holidays and events in the country that you are visiting before you buy your ticket.
I had purchased my train tickets prior to even entering the country ( I don’t recommend this method) but I wanted everything booked and I was proud of myself for not missing a single train, although, I mistakenly sat in the wrong trail until someone said I was sitting in the wrong seat, and realized the train I was on was going to a different country!
After 3 days in Paris, I ended up visiting Lyon (amazing food), Cannes, and Nice all via train. I would have loved to stay longer, but I still had much to explore, so I packed my backpack, went to the airport and was ready to start my adventures in Italy.