Once you reach the age that everyone around starts getting married and having children, it can feel like you’re missing out if you’re not quite there yet (or don’t wish to ‘settle down’ in the same manner).
From baby showers to hen and stag parties, it’s as if only those milestones warrant a celebration, and you end up spending a fortune on attending events and buying presents for everybody else.
That’s why this 36-year-old woman decided to turn things around, taking herself on a ‘me moon’ rather than waiting for marriage to complete her travel bucket list.
Brittany Allyn was fed up of holding off on travelling because she hadn’t tied the knot to warrant visiting her dream destinations, so got to work planning a solo trip of a lifetime.
In October last year, Brittany moved from New York to London, after an old friend had space for her to stay, later opting to travel Europe as much as possible.
The following month, she took a solo trip to Rome and fell in love with the Italian food and culture.
Since deciding not to let being single hold her back, Brittany has travelled alone to the South of France, Venice, and Verona in Italy – labelling her jaunts as her ‘me moon’.
She treats herself well while on these breaks, splurging on boutique hotels, visitng fancy restaurants, and getting dressed up to ‘feel like a Hollywood star’.
Brittany, an influencer, originally from New York, US, said: ‘I had so many dream bucket list places that I always thought I’d go to for a honeymoon- and I just thought why wait?
‘So, I went for it, and I love travelling by myself on my me-moons.’
Explaining further, she added: ‘They’re exactly like a honeymoon – with dreamy destinations, beautiful restaurants and I love to dress up and treat myself – just without a husband in tow.
‘I’ve always loved to romanticise life and I love to feel like a movie star and dress up for myself and go out.
‘Solo travelling isn’t boring at all – there is so much to do.
‘I’ve visited amazing places – like the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc and beautiful boutique hotels like Hotel Provencal Villefranche and Hotel il Palazzo Experimental – and had some incredible experiences like taking a gondola ride alone in Venice, going to muesums and having beach days.
‘For now, I’m single and on my own and it’s not stopping me have fun.’
Brittany loved London as soon as she moved over for a few months last winter.
‘It became such a hub for places I could go,’ she said.
‘I’d grown up with such a picturesque American lifestyle, so Europe seemed magical to me.’
She decided to visit Rome, Italy – a place she’d always dreamed of going – just a few weeks later, which she said ‘was amazing.’
Brittany added: ‘There was endless food and shopping and things to see and do.
‘I treated myself by staying in boutique hotels and it was just so lovely.’
After loving her first solo trip, Brittany returned to New York, but decided she wanted to do as much travelling as she could when she returned to London in April 2022.
She set her sights on Villefranche in the South of France, visiting the picturesque region this June 2022.
Brittany said: ‘I’d always thought I would go to the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc for my honeymoon, but I just thought why not just go now?
‘It was really beautiful. I loved hopping around the towns and villages.’
Heading to Italy to Venica and Verona in August, the influencer says she got to know the ‘absolutely beautiful’ streets well.
‘I put on this gorgeous blue silk dress and walked around and went on a gondola in it,’ said Brittany.
‘It didn’t bother me to not have a man in the most romantic city in the world. It was a short trip so it wasn’t daunting- I had three and a half days of full on fun.
‘I could do whatever I want because I’m on my own – I can shop for five hours straight and spend an hour taking glamourous photos.’
In Verona, Italy, Brittany got the chance to write love letters to strangers with the secretaries of Juliet- a group of volunteers that from the city that receive letters from people all over the world addressed to Juliet with personal tales of heartbreak and dilemmas.
She explained: ‘They hardly let anyone into it so it was amazing that I got the chance. I was writing back to people all over the world.’
Brittany – who posts her solo travels online as @thirtywaves – says many people question how she can dine alone or doesn’t get bored on her trips.
‘When I go out for dinner alone no one cares or is watching you,’ she said.
‘I often have my earphones in and have a call with a friend. But you could just sit and eat and be on your phone if you wanted to.
‘My days are never boring – I’m so busy going to cafes or visiting museums.’
Brittany says travelling alone makes her feel ‘so empowered’ and that she’s ‘enjoying every moment’ of her adventure.
She added: ‘I’m hoping I can change the script on solo travelling- so people know they can do whenever and however they want.
‘It’s already inspired other women to go on their own “me moons.”
‘One day I’ll travel with a partner on our honeymoon, but I’m not missing out on things I want to do while I’m waiting to find the right person.’
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