I happened to be in the big apple right around Christmas time for work and decided to sneak in a day or two for myself since it was a regular weekend and the time was just about right. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have always been fascinated with the idea of solo travel and I was extremely serious after I read (this) article back in June 2016 about the companies catering to solo travelers. If the idea of solo travel does not intimidate you then consider it at least once in your lifetime, I promise you will love it.
There isn’t much about New York City that is subtle – it boasts vibrant architecture, world-class art, fashion and entertainment, snarling traffic, and a rich and radical history infused with the tradition of immigration that endures today. For me, food, shopping, art, and architecture is enough to keep my active mind entertained. I started my two-day journey by exploring the hidden designer boutiques in the cobblestone streets of SOHO in lower manhattan. This is where I stayed due to the safety factor and a hotel that came with a very high recommendation – NOMO SOHO. I mainly traveled by the yellow cab and Uber if I needed to go to mid-town. The weather was in lower 40’s and windy but that has nothing to do when the mission is to hit stores like Opening Ceremony, Reformation, the two storied Zara and eateries like ilily and Jack’s wife Frieda which was literally two blocks from my hotel. If you were following me on Instagram then you might have already seen it on my Insta-stories and photos.
Below is my photo diary if you’d like to see more photos –
I’m not a big fan of quick vacations but a long 5-6 day yoga retreat is on my bucket list of 2017 if I’m lucky enough. Solo travel is like a dream when you work long hours and you have a 7-year-old kid with infinite activities and never-ending homework. But if you show up with gifts for your kid and hubby when you return home then the amount of guilt is a bit less (wink).
Have you traveled solo or taken any trips alone? I would love to hear your experience.