Hi, my name is Keteata. I’m 20 yrs from London.
I took my first solo trip to Miami for a week on 31st May 2017. Originally, I planned this trip to Miami with a friend but they cancelled on me… Sooo I took this, as a perfect opportunity to cross solo trip off my bucket list, plus a £400 flight ticket was not going to waste!
I done tons of research on solo travel (specifically for young females so I could have a better experience) and I started becoming excited!! But all of that excitement died down on the morning of my trip. I woke up 2 hours before my alarm extremely nervous and nauseous. I remember looking at my suitcase and carry-on bag wishing I didn’t book the flight :/
I played some soothing music and prayer videos on YouTube to calm me down which worked because and a few hours later I was on the flight and that’s when it all became real. No escaping now, no pressing the bell to come off at the next stop. This is when the adventure started!
Day 1 went by quickly, I checked into my hostel; found something to eat and introduced myself to my only roommate at the time Jan, 29 from Michigan then shortly after I was asleep.
Fast forward to day 2 after I’ve settled in to my hostel (Freehand Miami). I chose a hostel to feel less alone and to make friends (which I did!) – Arushi, 20 from India, Paola, 22 from Connecticut, there were also two sisters from New York but I forgot their names. I also met a young female called Phan from Vietnam who I met in my second hostel (HI Miami Beach). We were all young female solo travelers from across the globe. I never expected to make more than one friend but I ended up making 5! We went to: Wynwood, Little Havana, Sugar Factory, Lincoln Road Mall and, of course, the beach together.
The ONLY downfall of my trip was the weather in Miami, it was raining from the 3rd day to the last day, well… I’m pretty sure it’s still raining now. A local told me it was hurricane season so if you were planning a trip to Miami I’d advise to go before I did (June).
I was well aware of my surroundings. Miami beach is different to Miami the city but its connected by a bridge. Miami beach is full of tourists; and I felt safer as I wasn’t the only one with a fanny pack, selfie stick and dressed like I’ve never seen sun before. However, Miami the city is very DIFFERENT. I saw one guy with jeans and a hoodie in 28 degrees compared to me with a sleeveless top and shorts.
I definitely had to be on high alert in Miami (city). I was circled a few times by a man in a van while I was at a bus stop. It wasn’t until the 3rd time that I noticed the same van had gone past me again. I had tourist written all over me. I left the bus stop and walked fast for 10 minutes to another route.
Although this was a solo trip, I was hardly alone during my time in Miami. The day I landed and the day I switched hostels were the only days I were alone. I didn’t have time to feel lonely; in fact, I was always with people, so I did look forward to the few moments I had to myself.
A tip for travelling to the states: get used to them driving on the opposite side of the road than in the UK. On several occasions I was waiting on the wrong side of the road for a bus that would’ve taken me in the wrong direction, (Google maps is a must).
I don’t want to bore you with EVERY detail of my trip but what I will say is: if you’ve ever thought of doing a solo trip… GO FOR IT!
Here’s a little Gemini wisdom for you all:
If you keep waiting on people to do what YOU want to do when will you do it?
Not everyone will have the money, time or interest for what you want to do.
Do not let lack of company or fear stop you from doing anything in any aspect of your life.
This trip was more than a solo trip but a trip for growth and turning a bad disappointing situation into a life changing experience. Don’t hold yourself back and stay fearless…
Thanks for reading
Check out short video from my trip: https://www.facebook.com/kats.caprice/posts/1313591062093865
Contact me on IG for any questions and more photos from my trip @Keteata
(Written/photography by Keteata)