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  1. Fab post Melissa. I love that you are honest about your feelings, it can be really scary to travel alone at first. I found when I first went on solo adventures that I tended to make new friends to share the experience with. I loved the sense of adventure, but I have never been keen of eating along (I need to get better at this!)

    To be honest, I rarely travel alone these days, but reading this makes me pretty sure I’d be okay if I took the plunge (it’s just now, I’d feel bad leaving my husband behind!)

  2. I related so much to this. As someone who has traveled alone extensively I still get the “but why?” questions. The reason was as you first said: I didn’t have anyone to go with and I wasn’t going to let that stop me. Love this post and all that it stands for!

  3. I love this! And can totally relate to gaining self-confidence and inner strength. When you travel solo every single decision is yours to make, which can be scary but also empowering. And you learn that you can do it! Thanks for sharing your story 🙂

  4. It’s so encouraging to read how much you grew as a person and let go of so many fears through solo traveling. It’s not something I’ve ever done, and I totally commend people like you for taking that plunge!

  5. I loved reading this! I also took my first solo trip simply because no one else could come – originally my brother was going to come with me, but he ended up getting a last minute job opportunity. The trip was all planned, so I just went anyway! And one of my destinations was also to a ‘honeymoon’ destination – I went to Greece, and specifically in Santorini I felt pretty lame at first. But then I met several other solo female travelers and realized I was just being ridiculous!

    I really enjoyed reading your experience, and love the sentiment about being kind to yourself. I think so often we are so hard on ourselves when we don’t need to be. And congrats on making the move to Europe happen! What an amazing accomplishment.

  6. I love this! I haven’t done solo travel myself yet, but I spent a couple of days alone in London and later in Reykjavik prior to conferences, and I can still relate to what you’re writing.. Eating alone was the hardest part for me, but I quickly realized – NO ONE cares 🙂 Keep traveling solo, girl

  7. Great post! I think a lot of people can relate to it, it is nerve wrecking to travel to a new country alone, but as you have stated once you do it you realize all the possibilities in front of you. If you wait for someone to go with you you may never make it there!

  8. This is such a great post Melissa, so nice to hear your feelings about it! I’ve only traveled alone once and same as you, the worst feeling was eating alone but at the end of the day, I didn’t care anymore haha Solo travelling is great!

  9. thank you for this ?? I too can be very hard on myself and it’s good to start the new year with such a positive attitude

  10. I loved this messages. I needed to hear that today more than ever. I’ve been really hard on myself and being in a toxic environment has put me in a spiral of self hatred. This message really hit home for me, thank you!

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