I can’t tell you how many times I contemplated canceling my trip to Dubai. I had so many doubts about traveling solo. I worried about who would I talk to and how could I do this alone?! The awful terrorist events in Turkey and Brussels leading up to my trip only fed into my growing regret. But with all this going on inside me, I knew I had get on that plane. I knew if I chickened out, I would never grow. Traveling solo takes you completely out of your comfort zone and shakes you up. For me it highlighted how much I hid behind the security of my comfort zone which includes my family and friends. When you’re in an foreign city without that shield the fact YOU ARE ALONE hits home hard, especially at night. Stepping outside my comfort zone exposed that I wasn’t comfortable being alone without those supports readily there. Although I felt this way, it was okay because it forced me to to adapt. I relished in wandering around Dubai going places I wanted to go whenever the mood struck me. Traveled on the Metro to destinations and was even okay when I got lost because eventually I found my way. I had no one to answer to but myself and that was liberating. And despite the distance, my supports were still there encouraging me on through Snapchat, texts and telephone calls. My first solo trip experience taught me that no matter where I go I will never truly be alone.
In retrospect, the decision to travel solo was one of the best I’ve made so far this year. If I had chickened out I would’ve never met the wonderful Luanne from Weeshas World who I’ve been following since 2012. She and her boyfriend were so gracious and kind to me. They introduced me to paparoti buns (a delicious Indian snack), the best mint tea ever, delicious Emirati food and the Box Park area of Jumeriah Beach during a mild Spring evening . We engaged in amazing conversations that taught me about Dubai and it’s culture from a locals perspective. The time I spent with them made me want to visit Dubain again ASAP!
If I had let my fear get the best of me, I wouldn’t have met Nicole from Nomadness Travel Tribe, the online travel group I belong to. When I posted on the group’s Facebook page that I was going to Dubai, she responded quickly. Nicole and I immediately hit it off when met up for the desert safari and our day trip to Abu Dhabi. Because I moved outside the confines of my comfort zone, Nicole introduced me to Korean soju (which is SO good!) and encouraged me to eat a camel burger topped with 24K gold gold flakes at Emirates Place. Nicole was the first person I’ve met from Nomadness. During the time we spent together, Nicole showed me what a confident solo traveler looks like. I think once I get a few trips under my belt, I too will become a confident solo traveler!
Have a wonderful weekend!