New Years Eve

First Solo Trip Coming Up? Here's How to Prepare

First Solo Trip Coming Up?  Here's How to Prepare

New Year's Eve, 2012.  

A few months prior, I had started planning for what would be the solo trip of my lifetime:  two months traveling through Argentina.  Plane tickets were bought, hostels were researched.

Fear set in.

The Spanish is so difficult to understand in Argentina!  It's going to be so cold down there!  In July!  What kind of craziness is that?  I'll be alllll alonnnnne for two. whole. months.  

All.  alone.

Not going was, obviously, out of the question.  I needed a plan. 

Here's what I did, and here's what you can do too, if you're feeling a bit scaredy-pants about heading out on your lonesome for the first time: