I’ve long been dreaming to have my first ever solo travel. I just feel that exploring a new country independently before I reach my mid-20’s is a should be bucket item list for a budget traveler like me.
Originally, I’ve planned to do this in Japan– but I just can’t imagine myself alone in this super fun anime paradise..and so I went there with my favorite people… (plus-of course, I ought to have lots of pictures right? So I need to bring a photographer!haha!)
So, one of the first choices I made before going on this trip is deciding on which country to explore alone. Japan? Thailand? Vietnam? Malaysia? Suddenly, the choice came right to me one morning, for an unexplainable reason that I woke up at 5 am ( my usual day starts at 8am), and just booked a promo fare of Manila to Hanoi for 1 person for around 7000 pesos. Exactly 1 month to prepare.
But why Hanoi? Based from my research and interview with friends, Hanoi is a carefree city. The environment is very laid back ( setting aside the motorcycles), it has one of the lowest crime rates in Asia, and most of the tourist spots can be visited via walking around the Old Quarter. Plus consider the fact that cost of living is quite low, so no need to spend lots of money for soul searching.
Fast forwarding to the day of my flight, I just can’t contain my excitement. For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been researching for the best photo walk spots, coffee shops, and must try adventures in Hanoi. I also booked a very big deluxe room just for myself. I simply want to relax, and have an “Eat.Pray.Love moment” in Vietnam. So I bid goodbye to my parents, and walked towards my first ever big adventure.
So, here I am, sharing with you the learnings and experiences that I gained in my first ever solo travel in Hanoi.
Waking up early in the morning, going anywhere you want without having to consider what your travelmates’ opinions are is just super relaxing. When you stay in Old Quarter, you can reach majority of the spots by foot. Just in case you get lost, just enjoy it. If you really can’t find your way back, then just take the taxi.