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How to Successfully Plan a Solo Trip

I'm no extreme expert on this, but I did take a solo trip earlier this year and I did a damn good job of planning it. I learned a lot from that experience and I can't wait to put what I learned into action for my next solo excursion. By the way, said excursion will take place sooner than later (yay) so stay tuned!

SOOOO, your boss approved your PTO request or you just respectfully let those good people know that you have plans for a couple days and won't be able to be in the office. Cool. Either way, you're free! Now you can get started planning a bomb ass, memorable trip for yourself. Congrats.

Something very important that I remained mindful of throughout the whole process is that it was ONLY me financing all the fun. There was no one to go 50/50 with me on anything, so I had to be smart AND realistic about all expenses. I'm talking accommodations, food, activities, etc. I know people love to flex for good ol' Instagram and Snapchat (do people still use that?) but if you don't have it, you don't have it and that's fine. There are tons of things to do when traveling that will allow you to stay within your budget. It's all a matter of doing a little research. You don't wanna be heading back home with your bank account in the negative because you just had to do the most for your Instagram stories.

Another helpful tip is to avoid waiting until the last minute to plan. I personally fall victim to this at times and it made trying to jet set anywhere an absolute pain in the ass. Once you have a potential destination in mind, immediately look up flights and hotels or hostels. Jump on it. You have to be a bit restless with this until you have things locked in and booked. Pressure makes diamonds, people lol. Also, once you come up with a budget, stick to it and make everything else work around that--not the other way around. If you say you’re not willing to pay more than $400 roundtrip for a flight, stick to that and be consistent. There are tons of great sites to find cheap flights and great deals. My favorites are Skyscanner and Expedia. The further out you attempt to book, the cheaper your flight will be (but duh y’all knew that already).

Flight is booked, you found a nice place to stay and you’ve even lined up a few fun things to do once you touch down wherever. What now?

This next tip is very crucial because I could have done more of this when I was planning a solo trip— SAVE. SAVE. SAVE. I don’t care if you’re under budget, save more. You never know when a few more coins will come in handy, nor do you know what’ll happen. It’s always better to be on the safer side of things. Let’s say you get your entire trip booked up at least a month in advance. Set money aside each week to go towards your miscellaneous travel fund. I repeat, even if you already have your budget under control, if you have the means— save more. What harm will it do? When I hit Belize, I decided last minute that I wanted to do a tour some locals talked up to me. Had i just been relying on the money I had originally had set aside for the trip, that would’ve been pushing it. But because I saved more, I was able to enjoy some extra stuff at ease. Traveling alone can be hella fun and exhilarating; you really just need to take the planning part serious.

Okay. You’ve got all that other technical shit together, now you’re just nervous about being anywhere by yourself.

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Let me just tell you, it’s not that bad, but this is also coming from someone who enjoys doing things alone. If you’re a person who has to be with people 24/7, I’d advise branching out in your hometown solo first. Hit a happy hour alone, the movies or maybe lunch. Get comfortable with being alone in familiar territory and build up that confidence. Doing things alone strengthens you as a being because it forces you to take charge and become more self reliant. You develop a deeper appreciation for life in general (well at least I did) and that new perspective pours over into all other areas.

One of my favorite things about solo travel is being on my own time. If you know me personally, you know how important that is to me. I hate being rushed and I hate for people to try and plan out MY time. I never had any doubts that I wouldn’t like traveling alone, but ever since the first time, I’ve been too ready to go again.

peace and blessings,

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How I Get + Stay Organized w/ The Create 365 Happy Planner

With my overflowing to-do lists, staying organized is a must.

I was once the "sticky note, write things down in her palm queen" but I had to step up my game. With that realization came me buying an actual planner. I've never been into fancy planners or anything that went beyond just some dates and a few lines to jot things down, so when i came across the Happy 365 Planner, i was in awe. When i was younger I did a lot of scrapbooking and clipping/organizing coupons for fun on Sundays. I would keep everything in binder, color-coded and sectioned off as if i was gonna be in somebody's grocery store the next day. I was 9. This planner lets me be just as, if not more creative as i was back then.

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This planner definitely brings me back to a simpler time. The designs are so bright, colorful, and filled with a bunch of motivational quotes and messages. When i first discovered this, of course my extra ass went overboard and had to get a bunch of accessories to go with it. I got a book of stickers that are used to decorate the weekly spread, a BIG box of washi tape to use around the perimeter of the pages, AND a sticker pen. Yep.

Never before have i been so excited to hold myself accountable for all of my responsibilities. LOL. If you're like me and have had trouble remembering things, or maybe you're just all over the place and feel like your daily tasks are swallowing you whole, you might wanna check this out. Stop by your local Hobby Lobby or Michael's to see what's in stock or click here to get your own asap! Also, keep reading for a few tips on how to manage your days and effectively run your time instead of letting your time running you!

one of my fave quotes in the whole planner

one of my fave quotes in the whole planner

-KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Don't, i repeat, DO FUCKING NOT COMMIT to a whole bunch of stuff upfront. Just don't do it. A simple, "I'll see" or "I'll let you know" will suffice. People will understand. Don't commit to things until you know for sure how much time you'll have, if your schedule will be clear, and most importantly--if you'll even feel like it.

-JUST WRITE IT ALL DOWN. This goes back to my previous sticky note obsession. Write quick little notes and keep them close. I literally write everything down and i don't care. Lol. It works for me, so in conjunction with my planner, nothing I prioritize should be missed if i can help it. 

-DECLUTTER. This one can go for a number of things. Declutter your phone (you probably have apps on there you don't even use—so just delete), your space, your car, your "circle of friends"--all of the ones you have now don't need to be there, and that's a fact. Decluttering ultimately creates a more peaceful environment for you. Do more of this and you'll realize a shift in your mood and productivity.

peace and blessings,

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