Last week, I got an e-mail announcing limited time discounted tickets to The King and I on Broadway. I've been dying to see it, but a $200 play ticket isn't exactly in my budget. Thanks to LincTix, I found out I could see the show for $35 over the weekend...in a second row orchestra seat, no less!
Of course, the older you get, the harder it is to find people who can join in on such spontaneity (and Sean loathes musicals). I couldn't pass up the opportunity, though, so I went ahead and bought a ticket, opting to visit the Big Apple on my own.
|The only un-perk: I suck at selfies.|
- Pacing. I could walk as fast
or as slowas I wanted to without worrying about losing another person. As someone who enjoys exploring, I could take a few seconds here and there to check out places of interest without inconveniencing someone else.
- Travel. I only used a taxi once and it was because I simply wouldn't have made it to the theatre in time otherwise (I took the bus to the city and back home in the same day). The rest of the day, I opted to walk (the weather was perfect for it). I'd say I walked around 3 miles that day, something not everyone is fond of doing.
- Decisions. A huge stressor for me is trying to make a decision in a large group when there's no formal itinerary in place. Suddenly, choosing where to eat lunch becomes a huge, dramatic conflict. I was crushed for time so I didn't eat at all until after the show, but I passed place after place without feeling the pressure of having to choose immediately.
I wish I'd had more time to meander about, but as an introvert, a day alone in the city was perfect. Sure, it would have been nice to have someone to share the experience of the (amazing) show with, but overall, as someone who feels odd even eating alone in public, I found the experience to be both relaxing and liberating.
Of course, common sense and safety are to be considered. I felt comfortable taking this trip alone since I'd been to NYC before and have become more city-savvy/comfortable in the past few years. I always recommend making the best decision for yourself and taking appropriate safety precautions anywhere.
Have you taken a trip alone? How did you feel about the experience?