My New England Adventure!

Last weekend I went on my New England Adventure (see previous post here)

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Highlights included Boston (The Freedom Trail) and New York City (Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Time Square, Central Park and the 9/11 Memorial)

I am proud of myself for taking on this trip on my own, and I learned a lot about myself as well.

I’m proud of myself for traveling on my own. I’ve flown by myself before, but I always had someone to greet me at the airport, the extent of my solo travel was always just a flight. This time, I took public transportation from the Boston airport to the home I was staying at (rented through airbnb).

I’ve NEVER taking public transportation by myself before, my only other experience was a trolly in San Francisco when I was with Jeremy.  I used the T in Boston AND the subway in NYC (side note: I don’t know how people traveled to new cities in the days before smart phones, I would have been so lost without my Google Maps to tell me what train to take and what stop to get off on)

I am proud of myself for getting a rental car for the first time and driving in both Boston and NYC (I hate driving in the city).

I am proud of myself for coordinating this entire trip on my own. I booked the rental car, booked the hotels, timed my driving from Boston to Connecticut to NYC and then back to Connecticut, and arranged all of the sightseeing events.

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Met up with my friend from grad school for the day in NYC

As much as I enjoyed all of the iconic monuments that I visited, I have discovered that I not the kind of person who can DO so many things each day. When I’m at home, I am a “homebody”. I can easily spend my weekends with no plans other than football and running errands. I love down time. I enjoy reading and watching my TV shows.

I’m not sure why I thought that being on vacation would be any different. By the second day I was exhausted! By the time Day 3 came around I didn’t want to leave my hotel room. But how can you just sit in your hotel room when you are in New York City!?

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I’ve decided that I can still vacation, I do love history and seeing all of the “touristy” things; but I need to slow things down, otherwise I won’t enjoy myself.

This vacation was fun, but exhausting. I need a vacation from my vacation (which I kind of got, since I got sick after I came home and took a day off work)

Overall, I’m glad that I went. I think that I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone and grew as a person; traveling in a new city by myself is way outside my box.

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Side note: the 9/11 Memorial is AMAZING! So moving and beautifully done. Definitely a must see for anybody who visits NYC

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