Travel Series Part 1 – Preparing to Go Alone – The First Solo Trip
Last week, I had the opportunity to correspond with Harrison Watts, a student at Central Michigan University, who is preparing for a four-month Study Abroad trip to Italy. He’ll be studying at the Florence University of the Arts, in Firenze (Florence), Italy. Solo Travel can spark many emotions ranging from anxiety to great and endless excitement. As your departure date gets closer, you’ll find that the butterflies in your stomach flap their wings a little harder and the exciting to go steadily increases.
Below you’ll find a few responses to an interview between myself and Harrison as he’s been preparing for his extended stay in Italy.
Vincent: Is this your first time traveling abroad alone? If so what are some of the emotions you’ve been feeling?
Harrison: Yes, I am very anxious to leave and experience this trip, but most of all ecstatic. I have never been abroad, so I have no doubt that this will be the trip of a lifetime.”
Vincent: Why do you think you’re having those feelings?
Harrison: I have never experienced being far away from home for an extended period of time with weak communication and not knowing anyone. I am not a home-body, and I love traveling new places, so I cannot wait for this.
Vincent: What tips have people given you?
Harrison: People have told me many place to go; Cinque Terre, Venice, Munich (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), Rome, amongst other places. They have given me insights on restaurants, hostels, airlines, food, and other excursions to do. Another tip I received is what to expect from the local community. They told me it was surprising how many people knew English and that they language barrier was only tough occasionally. This definitely relived a lot of worry.
Vincent: Is there a specific aspect of your trip that you are most excited for?
Harrison: I am very excited for a few classes that I will be taking, as well as new experiences and friendships. I am taking a wine tasting class and I’m already planning weekend trips!
Vincent: If you had ONE piece of advice to give to someone who isn’t sure about going abroad what would it be?
Harrison: LOOK INTO IT.
Author’s Note: Solo Travel is exciting and enlivening! It is an opportunity for discovery, learning, and growth. If you’re afraid of solo travel, find a friend and take them along for the ride, but I’d say one solo trip changes everything!
To follow Harrison’s Journey, feel free to follow him on Instagram @har_watts.
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