Among the obvious reasons that I took the trip being sightseeing and visiting some veg friendly joints, I also was looking for something on a personal level. Up until then, I had never traveled alone. I had never really gone anywhere without a group of some kind and never really just picked a destination, booked, and went.
This experience taught me quite a few things about myself. I have grappled with anxiety for a large portion of my life and felt like it was holding me back from so many things. This trip was my way of proving to myself that my anxiety doesn't define me. I believe I will always be anxious but I refuse to allow it to be in control of me or my decisions. What this trip essentially taught me was that I am much more self sufficient than I ever realized.
This trip was a big step outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to prove to myself that my desire to travel wasn't just a pipe dream but that it was something I could actually do. I can honestly say after this trip that solo travel is totally manageable and something I can see myself continuing to do long after my veggie trip across Ontario is over. It was so exhilarating being in a new place alone, figuring everything out alone, finding my hotel alone, words don't describe the feeling.
The moral of this post is simple, do not allow what's in your head to hold you back. Anxiety is totally manageable if you fight hard enough and want to be in control. Sure I was still nervous laying over in Toronto surrounded by thousands of busy bodies, I was also nervous arriving in Kingston unaware of what my next step was. It didn't change the fact that I still went ahead and conquered and that's what I'm most proud of.
The sky's the limit and my anxiety can take the backseat!