Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Solo Traveller - Raddisson RED Brussels


Why travelling alone is even more than its cracked up to be;


I don’t know about any of you, but sometimes I find the best company is my own. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore every minute I am able to spend with my family and loved ones, but sometimes you can’t go wrong with having a little one to one date with yourself. You are after all, the only permanent person in your life, so don’t feel guilty for taking some you time every now and again.
I am an only child; an attribute, which I believe contributes greatly to my desire and appreciation of, so called ‘alone time’. I am proud of my ability to be independent, most likely derived from the aforementioned, however the ability to be independent in the venture of your life, I feel, is a virtue.

When the opportunity arose for me to spend 24 hours in Brussels, I could not say no. Albeit the trip should have been 48, I opted to come home early to revise for upcoming exams, its all about balance people. I believe when opportunities arise, if you can make it work, then you should make it work. This, being one of my first press trip invites, I wanted to grab the opportunity with both hands the best I could. 



Travelling alone may seem daunting to some of you, I am aware of the variance in the independence of my friends so travelling alone may or may not be something that appeals to you. Even though it appealed to me from the beginning, I really don’t think it’s as daunting as you may believe it to be. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have my reservations, travelling alone at 18 was a daunting prospect but if I am truly honest I was more worried about misplacing my passport en route than the travelling itself. I was excited and open to the new experiences that a next level of independence it would provide me. I think that people have different levels of independence that they are comfortable with, and that’s more than okay, I think my high tolerance leads me to seek that next step, and I think that lone travel, albeit for only 24 hours, was the perfect opportunity for me to do this.




Liberation is something that not everyone seeks, some people prefer the comfort of normality and what they are used to, and others can’t stand a routine. Travelling in my opinion gives you chance to experience something different, something new. I knew my time in Brussels was limited, so I was going to make the most of the little time I had. I arrived in Brussels at around 8am and after a few delays that were out of my hands, I arrived at the Radisson RED hotel in Brussels, a newly opened youth inspired building and interior focusing on local art and encapsulating everything beautiful that Brussels had to offer, something which I found heartwarming after the recent events prior to my arrival. I knew I didn't have much time to explore from when I arrived to the party later on that evening so with the help of the amazing staff at the hotel (all of which were hired via social media, something that I thought was a fantastic sign of the times) pointed me in the right direction and off I went. I wasn't allowing myself to get any taxi's during my little exploration (although I did get an uber back to grab my laptop to change my phone), I wanted to enjoy all the little side streets and unfamiliar areas in all their glory. 


I was crazy happy on my journey and when I arrived, I am in my element doing things like this, I just marvel at absolutely everything I see. This is why, when I have an event in London in the evening etc, I will go down for 11am and spend the hours between wandering through London, something which the soles of my feet always hate me for weeks after. This was nothing compared to Brussels, I walked to the point where I could genuinely walk no more. I think I walked for around 7 hours straight, I ate on the move, drank on the move, and just didn't stop. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life so far, so I cannot thank the team and Radisson RED and Radisson enough for allowing me to come out and have these amazing experiences.
Check out the Radisson RED hotel in Brussels here and I could not recommend enough if you are looking to visit Brussels.







I thought that after my experience of travelling alone for the first time I would compile some of my thoughts as to what I think would be my top tips for your first time traveling alone, whether it be for a short amount of time like me, or more longhaul.

- Double, triple and quadruple check that you have everything you need as you are the only person who is there to look after them! (I always used to hand my passport to my mum or dad when I travelled so having to keep it in my bag did make me feel the need to check every two seconds!)

- Headphones! Trust me on this one, as you're by yourself you may want to be a little anti-social at times, so putting in some headphones means you can be in your own little bubble while you travel.

- Overpack ever so slightly in doing this you won't worry you're not prepared for as many different outcomes as possible! I like to make sure I take a lot of different pain killers and medicines just incase I get poorly on my tod as no-one wants that!

- Keep safe! If you're travelling alone its important that people know you're okay. Text a friend or call a family member every now and again just to make sure they know that everything is going well. I befriended a couple of the people working at the Radisson RED Hotel and made sure they knew I was travelling alone, and gave them my number, it just made me feel that little bit more safe that someone knew where I was. The common sense options of not being alone late and night and going with strangers is a little bit too obvious to fully mention!

- Enjoy yourself and don't worry. By travelling alone you're going to be experiencing things in a whole new way, and try your best to embrace the situation you're in and the experiences you have open to you. As I mentioned, I decided I wanted to walk and walk until I couldn't anymore to ensure I saw the little things.

I love travelling alone, and I love travelling with loved ones, I hope there are some more beautiful travelling experiences ahead of me. Let me know below your favourite place you've ever visited and tell me why!

I hope you enjoyed this post,

Love,

H x

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2 comments

  1. Who took the pictures of you? Not a criticism or anything, just genuinely curious if you were on your own! I love this post by the way, I've always wanted to travel alone and this has given me the extra push to do so :-)

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