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Stories of a Solo Traveler

This last weekend I got to go on an adveimage(2)nture all on my own. Now, I’ve traveled on my own before–really only road trips, but on a plane to Chicago, being all on my own became distinctly real.

Like every trip I’veimage(3) been on, I started instagramming my adventure. That is when I came up with the hashtag: #solotraveler. My mind was racing; this could be really fun! Tips and stories of traveling solo. I don’t do it often; in fact, I very much prefer the company of others being the extravert that I am. Yet, there is something about being on one’s own that can be empowering with the sense of independence and adventure.

Anyways, here are my first few tips based on my solo trip to Chicago:

  • Don’t be afraid to travel solo, just be wise about it. Preplan, be confident, and avoid dangerous situations. For example, I got to my hotel right before sunset to avoid being on my own walking the streets of Chicago at night.
  • Headphones are always handy-plane rides, bus rides, talking on the phone while looking at google maps, and fitting in (often times in big cities, such as New York City and Chicago, locals alone have headphones in.
  • Never forget gum when flying. My ears have suffered :/
  • Never be afraid to chat with your seat buddy on a plane because you could always make a new friend. If it doesn’t go well, resort to headphones.
  • Research great apps for your trip. They can save you money, save you time, and overall make your trip smoother. For example, the app “citymapper” made traveling around Chicago such a breeze to the point that I got asked for directions.
  • Lighten the luggage is smart. I was only on a two day and one night trip, so I managed to get all my stuff and the workshop in one backpack. It helped when I couldn’t check into my hotel for hours after landing in Chicago, and gave me the chance to I explore the city with just my backpack.
  • Invest in a good backpack. It is helpful to only be responsible for a backpack, so you might as well get one that lasts for a long time. Also, a backpack can also help one fit in. I got asked for directions by someone because I looked like a local university student. Made my day πŸ™‚
  • Be wise on what you pack. The minimum if you can. I try to stick to carry on only when flying, and for a woman, that is hard. An excellent tip I’ve received is stick to one color scheme. I focus on a neutral–black or brown–and work around that (expect a packing post eventually πŸ˜‰ )

That’s all for now. Do you have any traveling tips or stories???

-Steph πŸ™‚

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#LiveYourList Project…Best. Thing. Ever.

Please, let me tell you about a fantastic project that my amazing friends Ryan Eller and Jerrod Murr have put together. If you follow/read my blog regularly, you know what I write about, what I focus on: being an inspiration, making a difference, and living your life to the fullest. This project encompasses all that and more.

These two great guys are in charge of their own awesome organizations. Murr coordinates Believing in a Better Way and The 20 Leadership Camp (which I often talk about πŸ™‚ ). Eller has created and runs his own team building and leadership training business, Paradigm Shift. They have come together on a new project starting this year of 2014–the Live Your List Project.

You can read specifically about the project at either Eller’s site (here) or Murr’s site (here). They will probably explain it better, but here is my explanation: They want to help people live their life to the fullest; therefore, they are trying to help people achieve goals and bucketlist items. From learning how to juggle to skydiving to going on a missions trip, they want to help as many people as they can live their list. They even want to help you live your list. πŸ™‚

If you want to help out with it, please consider buying a book Murr wrote. All the proceeds go to helping people live their dreams. You can by it for about $5…here.

I say all of this to lead up to one of the most exciting moments of my life. I thought I was going to a normal day of 20 Camp train. I thought they just wanted to film a team-building activity. I thought my team was going to win an fun race. Instead, I was surprised with most incredible gift. Readers, this video is my life!

I honestly ran into that room thinking “how in the world did these other teams beat us? We were so fast!” Thinking my team still had a good shot and pushing on for fun, I took that next card and read a wonderful tear-jerking letter. Honestly, that letter, that moment, and just what it all meant was…was… incredible, amazing, beautiful. I love those people: Jerrod Murr, Ryan Eller, and the 20 Camp Blue-shirts. It means the world to me that they care so much and believe so much in me. I mean, trust me, I was not the only one in the room crying. Truly, I am blessed.

So I’m living my list! I’m…

  • Going to Ireland
  • Going on a mission trip out of the U.S.
  • Getting my own passport

I’m telling you, start living your life now! Really living it. Work hard. Encourage others. Be passionate. Chase after your dreams. Things can happen. It is possible. You can do it!

Live Your List

-Steph πŸ˜‰