Here are a few things I took away from my trip last week that will hopefully help other’s out when planning their next vacation:
Solo travel can be fun – I had reservations about doing this trip on my own because the only other time I tried it was a few years ago, and was ready to go home after just two days. I changed my mindset for this one, making sure I had objectives for each day, limit my amount of driving, and surrounded myself with other people, whether they were strangers at a bar or someone I knew that lived in the area. This solo adventure was twice as long as my previous one, and had 100 times as much fun. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed it so much, that…
It can be more fun going solo – When you go somewhere on your own, you can do what you want, when you want. When things don’t go as planned, you don’t have to be sympathetic towards others. It’s kind of liberating.
Make sure your phone is showing the correct time – My (not so) smart phone did not automatically update the time when I changed time zones. This became a problem when I set my alarm clock to 5:00 AM to catch a 7:00 AM flight out of Boise. However, my phone was still on Pacific time, so when the alarm went off at 5, it was actually 6 o’clock where I was staying. Barely made the flight.
Earn a lot of Southwest miles by booking a hotel – As part of the Hilton rewards program, you earn one mile (airline of your choosing, Delta and American are two of the notable ones) for every dollar spent. So pay $100 for a one night stay, and earn 100 miles. One night, I booked a hotel through the Southwest Airlines mobile app and earned 4,000 miles. If you don’t really care about earning hotel points, this is the way to go.
Seattle Aquarium – You’re not missing anything if you don’t go. Too many kids, not enough marine life. Maybe I’m spoiled living so close to the Atlanta aquarium.