365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
124. What was your favorite vacation or trip ever?
Over the years, I’ve had many wonderful vacations and weekend trips. Having to narrow it down to one favorite is a difficult task. Those that know me would automatically assume that my favorite vacation would have to be something Disney related. Others might assume it must be my trip to Paris. Surprisingly, I have to say that it is neither of these.
I traveled some prior to meeting my husband over 15 years ago. The majority of my travels and the most memorable ones have been the ones that I have taken with him. So don’t tell him, but I would have to say my favorite trip/vacation was the cruise that I went on by myself when I was 21 years old. The trip itself was fantastic, but part of why I would pick this as my favorite trip is because this was an adventure that I took completely alone. I have always been that type of person that would never even consider going to a movie alone, let alone taking a major vacation by myself. I am not sure what came over me and why I was so insistent on taking this trip, but I was and so I did.
One would think that I would have maybe gone small on my first solo vacation, but I decided if I was going to do it, I was going to go big. I booked a cruise to the Caribbean. This would mean having to fly from California to Florida (keeping in mind that this would only be the 2nd time I had ever flown in my life), then check into a hotel and stay the night in Miami before heading out on the ship the next day.
I still remember how overwhelmed and yet excited I was when I boarded the ship. Here I was, on my own… a very shy and introverted person, taking what most would consider to be a very social vacation completely alone. Looking back I am still shocked at how much I ventured out of my comfort zone during that trip. I took excursions at every port that we stopped at and even managed to force myself to go sit at a table with 7 strangers each night for dinner. It was actually nicer being at a larger table with more people because I was not as expected to put forth to much into conversation. I was able to sit back and listen to all the others talk. They were very sweet to me and always would ask me questions to help pull me into their conversations (and out of my shell). On all of the excursions, as soon as people found out I was alone, someone would always end up taking me under their wing and would include me in their group.
The ship stopped in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and the private Island that Royal Caribbean has. I walked up waterfalls and snorkeled with turtles. Back on the ship I went to all the shows in the evening, gambled in the casino and hung out at the pool. One of the reasons that this vacation would fall under one of my favorite is that this is the only vacation I have ever taken where I was able to do 100% what I wanted. If I wanted to sleep in, I would. If I wanted to eat, I would. I didn’t have to worry about what ANYONE else wanted to do. The whole trip was all about what I wanted.
Being that person that is always concerned about everyone else, this was probably the only time I have ever traveled where I didn’t have to feel guilty about doing things that I wanted to do, and that was kind of amazing.
Would I vacation alone again? Well, technically my month long trip to Paris was also alone (minus a week that my cousin flew over to join me), but since that was a work trip, I don’t really consider it a “vacation”. So, I would have to answer no, I probably would never travel alone again. Even though way back when I took this trip I was much shyer and more reserved, I was also not as scared. As I got older, I became so fearful of.. well, basically everything. I may be able to hold more of a conversation now then I did back then, but I also wouldn’t be nearly as adventurous.