Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Take the Leap and Go Your Own Way Solo

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Take the Leap and Go Your Own Way Solo

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JARRARD

POTTER

jarrard.potter@dailyexaminer.com.au

THIS time two weeks ago, I was on the other side of the world in New York City, taking in the sights of the Big Apple before catching a flight from Newark, New Jersey, back to Los Angeles, via Las Vegas, to end a whirlwind six-week solo adventure of a lifetime through the United States of America.

The first time I went to the US I was only 12 years old on a family holiday which had taken my mum and dad months of planning and preparation.

My solo holiday was organised in a few nights on my laptop in my bedroom. Well, technically about three-quarters of it was organised when I first got on the plane to fly out of Brisbane, I figured out how to get back to LA while on my phone in my friend's lounge room in Hartford, Connecticut. My point is, with the proliferation of comparison websites from airlines and accommodation, it's never been easier or cheaper to jump on a plane and head across the globe, and when you're young the time is right.

As the price of smashed avo on toast decimates Gen Y's ability to save money for anything Baby Boomers consider to have tangible value, such as a house or gold bars, Millennials such as myself are opting to collect memories and experiences rather than an expanding property portfolio.

My holiday included a two-week Contiki tour, meeting friends in Memphis ahead of the wedding of one of my best buddies in Arkansas, visiting my cousin in Tucson, friends in Hartford then NYC and making my way back to LA.

If you're thinking about travelling solo but slightly hesistant, here are some of tips and observations they may help you make your decision:

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