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i went on vacation alone

Hey friends! I hope y’all have been doing well.

Today is my first day back at work after I took a vacation alone to Atlanta, Georgia. I had a great time! But I also learned a lesson--be careful what you wish for.

On my way to Atlanta, I playfully got on Twitter and said “one of these days I go to Atlanta, I’m not coming back!” Let’s keep this in mind.

This wasn’t my first time traveling alone; I’ve been to Los Angeles and New York City by myself. I am learning that vacationing alone is one of my favorite things to do. You don’t have to wait on anyone and you can do exactly what you want, when you want.

I landed in Atlanta pretty late at night so I didn’t do anything until the next morning. Although my body wouldn’t let me sleep past 8am, I stayed in bed as long as I could. That afternoon, I made up my face, put on my makeup, and went off to Atlanta’s Selfie Museum!

The Atlanta Selfie Museum is a space with different rooms/installations that were designed for you to take some fire Instagram pictures in. It wasn’t that busy but I did have to wait outside some rooms for my turn to take a picture. And the room I wanted to go into the most was being hogged by a family, even though the sign outside of it says ‘Please only take 3 minutes’. Whatever.

After the Selfie Museum, I went about a mile away (I would’ve walked if it wasn’t raining) to the Georgia Aquarium. A few years ago, I lived in Georgia for a few months and I have visited more times than I can count, but I have never been to the aquarium. It was huge! It honestly looked like a mall. I saw some sharks, penguins (which are a top 3 favorite animal of mine, with elephants and pigs being the others), starfish, and more. Watching starfish move kind of scares me, though, so I didn’t stay near them long. I was surprised to find out that they had cocktails there. I can’t remember what my drink was called, but I do remember that it had tequila in it!

That evening, I took myself to dinner at Seven Lamps, a restaurant in Buckhead. The crab cake sandwich and Twisted Granny cocktail I had were delicious. I couldn’t finish at the restaurant; I only ate half my food before I started to fall asleep at my table. Sleepiness aside, I had a great time taking myself on a date for Valentine’s weekend. I was the only person in the restaurant alone but I never felt lonely.

The next day, I got a massage. The spa actually doubled as a bed and breakfast, which made sense because it was in a residential neighborhood. It wasn’t the best massage I’ve ever gotten, but it was nice to relax and get rubbed down.

Later on I met up with some friends from college. I taste tested some tacos one of them made then we all went out for drinks at a restaurant named Apt 4B. It was packed! We were stuck at the bar all night, but we still had a great time. The DJ was playing a bunch of oldies but goodies, and throwbacks from my childhood. I got a couple glasses of tequila and pineapple juice, my go-to at the bar, and a plate of duck wings. I was surprised at how tasty the duck wings were. I recommend them.

By this time, I had gotten a text saying my flights home for the next day had been cancelled. A big snow storm was heading for Michigan. I was quickly rebooked, however not much time went by before it happened again. I freaked out. I had to be at work Tuesday!

I was on hold with Southwest for a total of about 6-8 hours, over the span of multiple calls. I direct messaged them on Twitter as well, hoping that would help. Nothing. I had no idea when I was getting home.

Until Tuesday morning.

I had been calling and messaging every hour for almost two days when they finally Dm’ed me back saying they could switch my flight. Phew.

I extended my hotel stay and spent my last day relaxing in my hotel. I wanted to find something to do but I also wasn’t extremely pressed to. I was still tired from the weekend and this was a vacation, right? I was supposed to rest at some point.

I flew back Wednesday morning and got back to work today. I only stressed about getting home so I could go to work but turns out, the snow gave my job two days off. So I didn’t miss a thing! But now that I’m back, I hate it here (again), but that’s another blog for another day.

Have you ever travelled alone? What was your experience like? I think I'm going to do this more often. Where should I go next?

Check out my Youtube vlog about the trip here.

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