A few weeks before my 26th birthday last year, I decided I wanted to do something special for myself. I knew almost immediately that this gift to myself would be a trip of some sort. Luckily for me, my birthday happened to be a few weeks shy of Chuseok, also known as Korea’s Thanksgiving. Since I had a few days off during the national celebrations, I immediately picked up my phone and began perusing the SkyScanner mobile app.
After much deliberation, I decided upon Hong Kong, as it’s always been of interest to me and isn’t too far from Seoul. This was my first solo trip abroad, and I couldn’t have been happier to see if I could mentally survive this personal challenge. I’d always wanted to travel solo, but was fearful of the idea of loneliness or not being able to navigate myself.
One app I found super helpful is the MTR Mobile app. It helped me navigate the city on my own without missing a beat. The MTR Mobile app doesn’t require WiFi, which is an excellent feature for travelers, too.
As it turns out, I had a blast! This trip, albeit a short one, helped me learn to fully enjoy my own company and reinstated that I can (and will!) achieve any goal I set for myself. Sure, I got lost once or twice, neither time being that big of a deal. In fact, one of the instances led me to discover Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival – a beautiful event featuring lanterns and traditional Chinese dragon dances. I will always look back on this trip fondly and would love to visit Hong Kong again in the future!