For the first time in my short 24 years of life, I made the decision to travel alone. This wasn’t a short road-trip either. No. I spent my first 12 hours uneventfully flying from Kentucky to Philadelphia, then Philadelphia to Dublin, Ireland. At which point, I spent 6 hours in the airport waiting on a flight that wound up being cancelled. Thankfully, this was the worst experience I had the entire trip. After running around trying to find out how I would get to my final destination, I took another connecting flight to London, and then to my final destination Glasgow, Scotland. As my first time traveling alone, it was relatively easy except for the few issues trying to get to Scotland.
A few things I learned this time around. Don’t be nervous. I was a big ball of nerves once I got to security. What should I have to be nervous about? I followed all the rules for carry on baggage. Also, if you are flying international, you do get a free baggage check. Which I did not know. But I wished I had. It would’ve saved some time in the long run. Third, once you are in a different country, that’s when you need to get any cash. Unfortunately, my bank is super efficient and I had several issues trying to get cash from the ATM. Invest in an international phone plan if you intend to travel to a different country. Yes there is Facebook, and WhatsApp, and many other apps that don’t require the use of data to use them. However, you’ll find that it is a lot more difficult to find WiFi than previously anticipated. If you want to stick with the WiFi route, be prepared to pay for it at an internet cafe. I highly doubt you’ll want to camp out in your hotel your entire trip. I recommend opting for the phone plan with data. This will come in handy if you are like me and wander aimlessly around the cities.
These are all the tips and tricks I have for now! Stay tuned for my next post about my journey through the Scottish Highlands and the beautiful lochs that litter the Scottish countryside.