Throughout the years, I’ve been fortunate to experience travel from many different perspectives. While traveling with friends and family can provide an opportunity to enjoy shared memories, solo travel offers you the chance to stretch your limits — physically, emotionally and even spiritually. When you travel alone (or even solo, but part of a tour group), you are more likely to engage with the locals and make new friends with others on your tour.
I love strolling around and talking with locals. For me, that’s part of the fun of travel. That was how I explored Budapest when I spent two days there on my own. Each day, I walked around the city — lingering in shops and admiring the historic architecture for as long as I liked. Then, I’d take a break for coffee or lunch. I really enjoyed being able to soak in as much of the city as I could. Sometimes you have to push yourself and explore. But when you do, it can yield some of the most rewarding travel experiences you’ll ever have.
When I travel by myself, deciding what I want to do before I get there is key. It’s a good idea to choose specific attractions and local tours, arrange transportation and research restaurants ahead of time. That’s when working with your local AAA Travel Agent can be invaluable. They can help create your solo itinerary, as well as secure your tours, transportation and lodging. If you’re inspired to discover a destination on your own, take a look at our Trip Notes feature, “7 Ways to go Solo.”
Whether you’re dreaming of an unforgettable family vacation or want to dive into a destination on your own, this issue of Traveler provides an extensive variety of options from which to choose.
Our “Cities We Love” feature highlights Barcelona, Spain. When I visited there, I fell in love. The uniqueness of the architecture of Antoni Guadi was awe-inspiring. Park Quell is one of my favorite places. Here you’ll see firsthand Guadi’s gift of creating art through landscaping. It was such a vibrant and whimsical environment. I especially enjoyed walking along La Rambla. You can sit and enjoy lunch in one of the cafes along the walkway or munch your way through the Mercat de la Boqueria, where many vendors showcase cheeses, meats, produce and other locally-made items.
If a blissful island retreat in the South Pacific is your cup of green tea, don’t miss our “Island Idyll” feature. Our Oceania Cruises feature, “Savory Sailings” on will appeal to cruisers and foodies alike. Another type of cruising adventure, “Incredible India” highlights the cultural gems you’ll find along the Ganges River.
Fall is the time of the year many of us like to get our spook on, and Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights is a great place to do that. That was one of my kids’ favorite family vacations. It’s amazing how they can create such a scary experience in the midst of a theme park.
Whatever way you choose to explore the world, let us help you get there! Your trusted AAA Travel Agent is just a phone call away.
Sarah Henshall, Vice President, Travel & Branch Operations