Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Why I Love Solo Day Trips



Day trips are the best. Holidays involve lots of planning, packing suitcases, staying somewhere new and in general, a lot of effort. But with day trips you get to go away, explore somewhere, experience new things and you still get to sleep in your own bed at night! As I'm working almost full time throughout Summer, day trips are my main kinds of mini holidays, and the best bit is, you can totally do them on your own!

Before I went to Germany I had never gone away anywhere by myself before. I had travelled places, got public transport by myself, wandered round places by myself but never actually had the courage to do a complete day exploring alone. It is a pretty daunting thing, it's just you, by yourself, potentially in a new place which is of course a little disconcerting. However, when I went to Germany I had no friends in my city to start with, so if I wanted to do something I pretty much had myself to rely on to do it. I found myself scouring maps, picking cities and hopping on a train to explore whenever I had a free day. I did write a blog post about going on my first ever solo day trip to the beautiful city of Bamberg which you can read about here, although please do excuse the formatting as it was written before I got my new blog layout so everything is a bit all over the place.

One of the best things about taking yourself on an adventure is that it makes you feel so much more independent! You can do everything at your own pace, if you want to stand and photograph a building for twenty minutes you can and you don't have to worry about holding someone else up. If you aren't hungry you don't have to eat till you are. You can stay for as long as you want and go home when you are finished. I always feel some sense of achievement whenever I go away for the day, it's a little strange I guess, but as such a people person I am slowly learning to love spending time alone as well as with other people.

People are also so much more willing to strike up a conversation with you if you are by yourself and you can end up having some great conversations with like-minded people, it's great! I'm still waiting for my Blair Waldorf moment, to have a handsome prince come up to me in an art gallery or museum and sweep me off my feet, however since Louis turned out to be a bit of a bad egg I can keep waiting.

There are some things that I always do whenever I do go away by myself, that make the day a little less stressful and more interesting.

1. If I am travelling by train I usually buy my tickets on my phone, such as on the trainline app. No matter how careful I try to be, I can still be a bit forgetful sometimes and I am always paranoid I will lose my ticket if it's a printed one. I'm much less likely to lose my phone I hope...

2. On that note, I always bring a phone charger! Most cafes and restaurants will have a plug socket you can use and especially if your ticket is on your phone you do not want it to run out of battery! I always bring headphones too obvs. Gotta have that looking out of the train window listening to a deep song moment! Other essentials are snacks, water, a magazine/book and lipbalm! I try and take my polaroid camera too as I love putting my mini polaroids up around my room to remind me of all my adventures, but if my rucksack is already heavy I will leave it at home.

3. I try and avoid chains when I am going for food, there are so many independent places to try and you can discover some absolute gems!

4. I don't go anywhere without a trusty rucksack. I recently got a pretty pink one in the accessorize sale and I love it! Carrying around a shoulder bag all day can get pretty annoying, especially if you have a few heavy things in it. Plus, you normally can fit more in a rucksack which is great if you somehow end up through not fault of your own, doing a little bit of shopping ;)

5. My first stop is almost always the tourist information. They normally have free maps, which although can be a bit of a faff to carry around (unless you put it in your rucksack) they can be nice little souvenirs of your trip. Says me as an absolute hoarder. The TI are also normally great at helping you plan a route to take in whatever sights you want to see and usually can point you in the direction of the best independent places to visit.

My next day trip is actually this week! I am staying in Edinburgh with W for a couple of nights as we are going to an exhibition at the national museum, and when I was thinking of what to do during the day when he is at work I decided I fancied an adventure and booked myself some cheap train tickets down to Durham! It's under two hours from Edinburgh and somewhere I have never visited before! I'm really looking forward to it, and hopefully will be able to create some blog content from it too!

What's your favourite place for a day trip? Do you have any day trip recommendations? Leave them in the comments, even if they aren't anywhere near me someone else might read them and be inspired!

XOXO







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  1. I've never gone very far alone, though whenever I bring my camera with me, I always feel okay about being by myself- like I have some great purpose to photograph the city or something! You've certainly made it sound very appealing, and I'd be open to doing it myself in the near future :)

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    1. I definitely feel more comfortable when I am taking photos, I kind of get lost in the world of whatever I am photographing! So glad you enjoyed it and feel a bit inspired! xo

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  2. Before I had children I used to love going on random trips by myself, just packing up the car and seeing where the day takes me.
    Fab guide!

    Heather xox || www.xhighlandbeauty.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Heather! I'm quite restricted as I don't drive, I can imagine if I had a car I would literally never be at home haha! xx

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  3. Completely understand where you're coming from! Spending the day along exploring a place/area can be so much fun, as well as a great opportunity to find out what you like to do - without having to think about anyone else! haha :)

    ps. great tip to avoid chain restaurants, and opt for hidden gems instead.

    aglassofice.com
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    1. Thanks Gabrielle! I definitely think independent places give you more of a feel for a place! Thanks for reading xx

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  4. When I was in Scotland I used to always ask at the tourist informations they got very good advices ! Great post !
    https://afrenchgirlsthoughts.blogspot.fr

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  5. I went on my first solo trip back in 2015, to Paris. Since then I've visited Stockholm and even did a week of Spanish lessons in Spain solo - there really is nothing like doing it alone! As you quite rightly said, you can literally do what you want and don't have to answer to anyone else! Well done for embracing solo travel - here's to many more adventures!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

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    1. Wow that's amazing Sinéad they sound like incredible experiences!! So glad you liked the post xx

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  6. I'm the same! I absolutely love solo travelling and I always take a rucksack, my phone charger and always by my tickets online x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

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  7. I totally agree that travelling alone just makes you so much more independent. It can be nice to just do what you want in your own time like you said!xx

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  8. Oohh I wish I could do day trips alone but my anxieties stop me! Some great tips though, thank you! I wouldn't have thought about bringing a phone charger!

    Sarah | www.justbuttonsblog.co.uk

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    1. Really strangely it's actually helped me quite a lot with anxiety. I think it's the confidence it gives me and the space. I hope you feel better enough one day to be able to do one xxx

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  9. I've never been anywhere really on my own, I should try it sometime

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  10. This was really fun to read - have never been on a solo day trip but this has inspired me to think about giving it a try!

    Carla x
    https://makemeupinside.wordpress.com/

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  11. I completely agree with you on solo day trips! I often like to buy a train ticket around london, and just go wherever I fancy for the whole day. I've never gone anywhere far though, I think I'm going to need to build up a little more confidence before going abroad!

    whatevawears.co.uk

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  12. I love this post and I'm completely on board with solo trips, I take them myself! Sometimes you want to go somewhere where no one else does, or it's just easier to go alone rather than try to co-ordinate a group of friends.

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