GirlGoTravel: Female Solo Traveler Feature 19

Brittany spent one, long, meditative week in England, as you'll see in her photos. However, while in England, there was a terrorist attack on the Westminster Bridge. She was notified immediately because she signed up for STEP, one of the safety tips and travel resources I highly recommend, and was able to tell her fiancé and Mom that she was safe and in contact with the U.S. embassy. Despite this, she was still able to enjoy her trip. There is a lesson here. When you are informed, you feel prepared; when you are prepared, you feel safe and confident. 

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  When I had registered, I had no conception of how useful or helpful the STEP process would be during my trip, but as I read the email relief washed over me. Luckily, I was on my way to Cornwall and was not in London. I called my Mom and fianc é to let them know I was safe.

When I had registered, I had no conception of how useful or helpful the STEP process would be during my trip, but as I read the email relief washed over me. Luckily, I was on my way to Cornwall and was not in London. I called my Mom and fiancé to let them know I was safe.

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  Despite all that happened, my trip was quite mellow and relaxing. One of my first long walks was through Hyde Park in London.  I was so lucky that the weather held up and I was able to walk about 12 miles throughout the day (after my 7-mile running tour)!  Needless to say, I was exhausted by the end of the evening.  

Despite all that happened, my trip was quite mellow and relaxing. One of my first long walks was through Hyde Park in London.  I was so lucky that the weather held up and I was able to walk about 12 miles throughout the day (after my 7-mile running tour)!  Needless to say, I was exhausted by the end of the evening.  

  I was so taken with the way London melts the “old” with the “new” in pretty much every way all over the city.  This is particularly striking when you look at the architecture and skyline. 

I was so taken with the way London melts the “old” with the “new” in pretty much every way all over the city.  This is particularly striking when you look at the architecture and skyline. 

  I took the last two photos after wandering through Borough Market on the South bank of London. This one was taken on the North bank looking South.

I took the last two photos after wandering through Borough Market on the South bank of London. This one was taken on the North bank looking South.

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  Southwestern Coastal Path, St Ives; I hiked solo for about four hours.  I stepped into an enormous puddle of sinking mud that completely destroyed my shoes and leggings, which I’d planned to wear at least one more day during my trip!  It was one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen, so the mud was absolutely worth it.

Southwestern Coastal Path, St Ives; I hiked solo for about four hours.  I stepped into an enormous puddle of sinking mud that completely destroyed my shoes and leggings, which I’d planned to wear at least one more day during my trip!  It was one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen, so the mud was absolutely worth it.

  St Ives Harbor; I took this photo from the bus stop before I headed out to Penzance to see St Michaels Mount.  The harbor is so picturesque. It honestly looked like a painting. It truly is no wonder so many artists have lived or worked in St Ives.  I can’t wait to go back there someday.

St Ives Harbor; I took this photo from the bus stop before I headed out to Penzance to see St Michaels Mount.  The harbor is so picturesque. It honestly looked like a painting. It truly is no wonder so many artists have lived or worked in St Ives.  I can’t wait to go back there someday.

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  Selfie in St Ives

Selfie in St Ives

  I took the bus to Penzance from St Ives, then I continued to Marazion to see St Michael’s Mount.  It was a rainy and blustery day, which made me even more thankful for the stunning weather I’d had the day before in St Ives.  I took this while waiting for my bus back to Penzance, where I enjoyed a very Cornish tea, complete with scones, jam, and of course, Cornish cream.   

I took the bus to Penzance from St Ives, then I continued to Marazion to see St Michael’s Mount.  It was a rainy and blustery day, which made me even more thankful for the stunning weather I’d had the day before in St Ives.  I took this while waiting for my bus back to Penzance, where I enjoyed a very Cornish tea, complete with scones, jam, and of course, Cornish cream.   

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  This photo was taken on Gower Street, which was where my flat was located.  I loved the buildings all over town, and the doors on this row of houses were stunning.  I was around the corner, essentially, from the British Museum, which exceeded all expectations I had for it! 

This photo was taken on Gower Street, which was where my flat was located.  I loved the buildings all over town, and the doors on this row of houses were stunning.  I was around the corner, essentially, from the British Museum, which exceeded all expectations I had for it! 

  I took this after spending my last morning in the famed Portobello Market (near Notting Hill).  I loved the rowhouses in this area, they reminded me so much of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  I am a very early riser, and I loved walking through the city before most of it was awake.  

I took this after spending my last morning in the famed Portobello Market (near Notting Hill).  I loved the rowhouses in this area, they reminded me so much of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  I am a very early riser, and I loved walking through the city before most of it was awake.  

  This was taken in St James Park – it was a stunning end to my last long walk around the city before I flew home.  It was such a beautiful and peaceful end to my trip.

This was taken in St James Park – it was a stunning end to my last long walk around the city before I flew home.  It was such a beautiful and peaceful end to my trip.

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  Despite the attack, I was still able to enjoy my trip.

Despite the attack, I was still able to enjoy my trip.


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