Solo Travel to Savannah

 

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Savannah, Georgia is a beautiful, historic city full of southern charm. It landed on my travel list immediately after my first trip to Charleston, as there are similarities between the two cities.

I enjoyed checking this destination off of my list last fall.

Have you wondered about solo travel to Savannah? Wonder no more! I have all the info about exploring this city on your own.

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Preparing for Solo Travel to Savannah

As with any solo adventure, begin with research.

What are the best areas to stay in? Does the city have a historical downtown? What activities are most important to you? What public transportation does the area have? Do you want to take any tours?

I started with a notebook and Google. In researching the best accommodations, I looked for a unique hotel in the historic district. A map, either online or a paper version, was valuable for pinpointing the accommodations and seeing what’s of interest in the area. I also read hotel reviews and blog posts by other solo travelers who have visited Savannah, to see what they recommend.

Hotel Indigo perfectly fit my needs. You can read about this fun hotel HERE.

Once I knew where I was staying, I made a list of activities I wanted to experience, tours I wanted to take part in and restaurants that offer vegan options. I booked three tours before I traveled. And carried my list of intended activities and restaurants to try with me.

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Solo Travel to Savannah – Hotel Indigo was perfectly located

Safety Tips for Solo Travel to Savannah

Is Savannah safe for solo travelers…and especially female solo travelers?

The simple answer is yes! I found the city very safe and never felt afraid or uncomfortable, exploring on my own.

Use the following safety tips for your solo adventure to Savannah.

Know the City

Use the map to get familiar with the streets, squares and landmarks near your hotel. I took my fave illustrated map of Savannah with me. Although I had practically memorized it before I traveled, I still studied it every night as I planned the next day. Actually walking in the city helped me to clarify what I could see on the map.

I selected my hotel based on its location to River Street and the historic district. And I chose the restaurants based on their location to the hotel.

I took an Uber from the airport to the hotel. My driver asked if I was traveling alone or meeting someone in the city. When I shared I was a solo traveler he gave me some advice. “Stay within the historic district and DO NOT cross Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and you’ll be just fine.” And he was right. I was.

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River Street was half a block from my Indigo Hotel.

Make Use of Public Transportation

My first day in Savannah, I rode the hop on/hop off trolleys. These tours are valuable for two reasons. They provide historical insights about Savannah and they give a wonderful overview of the city. The hop on/hop off trolleys cost a minimal amount. You can pay to ride for one day or up to three. One day is usually enough for me.

The rest of my stay in Savannah I explored on foot. Or, if time was tight and the distance I needed to cover was great, I rode the free trolley that Savannah provides. My illustrated map included these trolley routes. I also picked up a schedule from the visitor center.

I didn’t require a taxi or Uber while in Savannah, until my ride back to the airport. However, I’ve used these to get back to my accommodations after dark in other cities.

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Solo Travel to Savannah – making use of the trolleys

Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Get Where You are Going

Speaking of time, give yourself plenty to get to your activity, tour or restaurant, especially when walking.

I did a trial run, walking to the location for a night time ghost tour. I wanted to make sure I arrived on time to board the tour bus. But also, I wanted to be familiar with the route since I’d walk back to the hotel in the dark. Familiarity eases fear and reduces stress so note landmarks. And I arrived early for my lunch reservation at the Olde Pink House so that I could explore Reynolds Square and take photos without feeling rushed.

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I enjoyed lunch at the Olde Pink House.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings at All Times

Awareness is important. I’m not talking about paranoia here. Rather, use common sense and your other senses to stay aware of your location and what’s nearby and who is nearby.

Keep your head up as you explore, rather than head down with eyes on your phone, unless you are using GPS. Note landmarks and read street signs. Also, obey any signage that you see.

If something makes you nervous, move away from it. Carry a cross body bag with your phone tucked into it or an under the jacket security bag.

If you are out after dark, walk in well lit areas and join a group of people walking in the same direction, if possible.

My only after dark activity was the ghost tour. I familiarized myself with the location of the start and stop point, which was on River Street. I walked back to my hotel completely at ease. River Street is busy in the evenings so it is well lit with many restaurants and shops lining the street. Because it is 40 feet lower than Bay Street, where Indigo Hotel is located, it’s necessary to climb stairs to reach the upper street. Thankfully, on a trolley ride, the driver “just happened” to point out an outdoor elevator that goes between River and Bay Streets. It was well lit at night and kept me from having to climb steep stone steps in the dark.

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Solo Travel to Savannah – River Street

Trust

For me, trust is a big part of solo travel. Thoughts are energy and what we think draws more of the same. I trust that all will go well and that I am safe. And I do not allow myself to give in to fear.

I have a couple of wonderful examples of how trust and following my intuition helped me in Savannah.

My first morning, as I walked to the Visitor’s Center to catch the hop on/hop off bus, I approached MLK Jr Boulevard. I remembered what my Uber driver said. Suddenly I felt I should turn left at the corner rather than walking on to the boulevard.

Immediately I spotted a kiosk for the hop on/hop off trolley! It was stop number three and it turns out it was located a block and a half from my hotel.

And on my last full day in the city, I enjoyed a long walking tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. The tour guide picked up guests at their hotels, which is a wonderful service. After the tour, I knew I wanted to see the last few Savannah squares on my list. I also knew those final three squares were far from my hotel. As the tour guide headed back into Savannah from the cemetery, he turned to me (I was riding in the front of the van with him) and asked if he could drop me off somewhere other than my hotel.

Wow! I felt so grateful. Tim dropped me off close to one of the squares and from there I easily found the other two AND had time for a leisurely walk down beautiful Jones Street.

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Whitefield Square was one of the last squares that I saw.

Don’t Hesitate to Go and Do

Just because you are traveling solo, don’t miss out on activities, tours and dining out. Go alone. It boosts confidence to set out alone, eat alone or join a group tour as a solo.

People talked to me on the hop on/hop off and the ghost tour and I talked to them. I got invited to join a table of ladies for a meal so I didn’t “have to eat alone”. I thanked them, assuring them that I enjoy dining alone.

A woman, or man, who dines alone or goes to movies and other activities alone can accomplish anything! Trust me. And go do the thing you want to do…alone.

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Meal for one at the Olde Pink House.

Savannah is Safe for Solo Travel

If you are thinking of a solo trip to Savannah, I encourage you to go for it! Do your planning, follow the safety tips, trust that all is well and that you are capable and then, have fun. Go see what you want to see and do what you want to do.

Take lots of photos. And as with any travel, have a contact person at home that you stay in touch with, so your family knows you are doing well.

Do you have any questions about solo travel to Savannah? Ask in the comments below.

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Word, Symbol and Song for 2024

 

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With this new year comes a major shift for me as I say “thank you for all you taught me” to 2023’s Year of Alignment and hello to a new word, symbol and song for 2024.

After more than 20 years of embracing a new “year of” on January 1, I’ve come to deeply appreciate both the process of receiving the word, symbol and song and also for how important these things are in guiding me the next 12 months.

This is Year of Openness. And I’m excited…and yes OPEN to what 2024 brings.

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Year of Openness Theme

I read a book last year, during a time when alignment was at the top of my awareness. It’s called Outrageous Openness. I loved it and I’ve read it several times.

Last fall I felt drawn to the title, as a clue to this year’s theme. “Is it OUTRAGEOUS?” I asked over and over. Because, as I’ve shared many times, the word, symbol and song are given to me, rather than me selecting them. I pay attention to synchronicities and repetition for clues.

As much as I hoped my word for 2024 was Outrageous, it was not. No synchronicities or repetition confirmed that. Instead, I finally realized there was another word in the title. Perhaps it seemed too common of a word and I initially overlooked it. I asked, “Is it OPENNESS?” Yes. Yes. The confirmations came quickly and continuously.

Openness is defined as a trait that includes being open minded, creative and insightful. Open people tend toward variety and diversity, new experiences, curiosity and are often highly perceptive. I’ve already learned that openness is considered one of five core personality dimensions that drive behavior. I’m excited to learn more about that this year.

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Word Symbol and Song for 2024 – exhibiting a state of openness

Year of Openness Symbol

In the last couple of years, as part of my daily practices, I often stand with my heart area open…head tipped back, arms raised and out to the side, shoulders back. I also adopted using American Sign Language for several affirmations and they also beautifully express a sense of openness.

My symbol for this year is a pair of hands, open with palms turned upward. They represent openness to give and receive, openness to let go and openness as well to invite in, openness to surrender to the flow of life.

Open hands also represent truth, kindness and generosity. They remind me that I am not clinging to anything or grasping tightly in fear or want. My symbol also serves as a reminder that my mind, heart, arms and life are open also.

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Word Symbol and Song for 2024 – open hands

Year of Openness Song

As is typical, the song came to me last. I first heard my song via Amazon Music. I frequently let my Echo Dot select songs randomly, usually in a particular genre. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield played most of the way through before it suddenly caught my attention. Did she just sing about living life with arms wide open?

I love Amazon Music because I can ask Alexa what song is playing. I looked up the lyrics and played the song again.

During the next week “Unwritten” played in my presence several times, popping up in unexpected places like my Instagram feed. I began to hum it unconsciously and wake up with it playing in my head. I knew this was THE song for 2024.

Listen to “Unwritten”:

My Year of Openness

Using my word, symbol and song for 2024 as guideposts, I look forward to navigating the year, open to all that comes to me.

I’ve already created a new vision board and added to my daily affirmations and mantras. I listen to my song at least once a day. And I am alert. When my word or symbol or song show up in my life it’s a tap on the shoulder to pay attention.

Today is a good example. These words caught my eyes:

Faith is a state of openness or trust. In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead, they are holding tight, but the attitude of faith is to let go and become open to the truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

The word OPENNESS jumped out at me. I’ve read those words several times and I know there is a message there for me, a confirmation that I am journeying in the direction I’m supposed to journey in.

I am open…open to possibilities and opportunities, open to learning new things and growth, open to traveling to new destinations, open to helping others, open to give, open to receive in all ways.

I am living life with my mind, heart, arms and hands wide open.

Do you have a word for 2024?

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