GirlGI | Girl Gone International GirlGI Issue 4 - Page 40

My Maiden Solo Trip My first solo trip in June 2013 was short and unambitious – a mere weeklong trip to nearby Taiwan. I chose a budget hotel over a hostel and joined a short tour to the countryside for a section of my trip. Despite playing it safe, my maiden solo trip felt like an important epoch in my life. Heightened Intensity Released from worrying about the needs and desires of a travel partner, I felt a great sense of freedom. All my senses became enhanced. I scoffed inordinate amounts of beef noodle soup. I overindulged, unashamedly and repeatedly on meat dumplings and an endless array of Taiwanese street eats and desserts. ‘Solo travel will dynamically change and empower you’