It’s been a minute since my last blog because I have been busy living! I celebrated a birthday – yeah!!! For my birthday, I took my first personal solo trip. I did not want to go too far, so, I decided to go to the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I stayed at a hotel on the beach which was walking distance from Las Olas Boulevard, where there are lots of restaurants and shops. I had read reviews and ratings from other single travelers before deciding on that location. I also rented a car so that I could drive to Miami.
After many suggestions from friends on hang out spots for dinner and dancing, I went to several nice restaurants and a couple of night clubs with live music. I was very pleased to discover that there were always people out alone (men and women), and it was no big deal. I would always sit at the bar, which seemed to be the central place for the other single folks to meet and greet. I noticed that couples also sat at the bar (or maybe they just hooked up and looked like couples). The people at the bars were very open to conversation and fun.
This experience supported the notion that a lot of single people go out alone and have fun, without regard for what anyone thinks of it! This made me take a deeper look at my own paranoia of going out and living my life. I realize that there are a variety of reasons why people go out alone. It’s not why you are out alone, it’s your purpose for going out. What are you trying to accomplish?
When I focused on my purpose which was to enjoy myself, I did not have time to get distracted by being alone. Also, when you are not bogged down by fear, your openness is like a magnate that draws other people to you.
I have to admit that in spite of travelling to many places with my family, this was one of the best vacations that I have ever experienced. This was the first time that I was able to do everything I wanted to do when I wanted to do it, with no pressure or guilt. Check out my pictures below from my birthday trip in Florida!