This is a post I wish I would have had before my most recent trip to Atlanta. It sounds crazy but as much as I have traveled that couldn’t have prepared me for a solo trip to Atlanta where I had almost a full 24 hours by myself before the conference started.
Tons of questions ran through my mind like how will I get around, can I take Ubers alone + be safe, what will I do until the conference starts, where will I eat, what should I pack, etc. etc. It truly was going to be a brand new experience for me and I was a little nervous.
I got used to it quickly and I wanted to share a few of my top takeaways with you in case you find yourself in this situation sometime soon.
Seems like common sense but really look at your conference times and flight times carefully. You don’t want to get to the destination too early that you are stuck in the hotel. You also don’t want to cut it to close and end up late
Know your airline & their check-in policies
So many airlines these days allow you to check in online up to 24 Hrs. beforehand. I highly encourage you to do this as soon as it opens. Especially for those of you flying Southwest. Beleive me those few early minutes or hours can change where you get places immensely!
Get in contact with your hotel beforehand
If you are arriving before you can check in or after you have to check out be sure that you can leave your luggage with the bellhop. It will make it a lot less stressful and leave you free to enjoy the city and make the most out of your time. Also, many hotels have shuttles that can take you places which will save you a lot of money
UBER & LYFT Pool & Express Pool
You guys this SAVED my wallet. I went from having a $50 uber from the airport to a $17 trip. Sure you MAY have to share your ride with someone going in your direction but all of mine ended up being solo. If you are nervous about riding alone this also can help with that.
Look at the weather
Seems like common sense but you want to make sure you are bringing the appropriate shoes, clothes, and accessories to prepare for heat, rain, snow, whatever it may be.
Pack Light & Don’t Check a Bag
A blogger packing Light? Seems like a joke BUT it was so much better. Not only did save time at the airport but it also cuts down your time in the morning. It makes you really plan out your outfits and days and makes you be more conscientious about your which shoes you are packing and so on. (It also gave me room for shopping 😉 and I took full advantage )
Look at what is around you
You might get lucky and have tons of great restaurants or things to do to kill time close by. If not you will be more prepared on how to spend your spare time.
Get return trip airport advice
Ask Hotel staff / Uber drivers their advice on navigating your trip to the airport home – every city is different so the time you will need to leave, routes to take, and terminals for your plain may be different or take more time to get to. Be sure you are leaving plenty of time so you don’t miss your return flight.
If you are out walking around or driving around by yourself be aware of what’s around you. Strange cities can be scary but don’t be afraid to ask people for help if you get lost or have questions about safe areas and places to avoid.
Always pack a charger and a backup battery charging pack in your carry on / purse
The last thing you want is to need an uber or be in a strange place and not have a phone. You will feel so much better knowing you are safe
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions about my experience please please let me know!