Day 37 … Before going to Rome

Do you ever get the urge to get out of your normal day to day routine and just take off. I think you should take that thought and put it into action right about now. Maybe a trip to Rome for the weekend, you do not have to do it alone like myself, but why not? If you want to go, no one should stop you just do it. And to help here are the ins and outs of what happened on my trip and some pointers that I would recommend. In no particular order at all…

Pre-adventure, Before you go!

FLIGHTS… I do not want to treat you like idiots, I would think that everyone nowadays shops around before finding the right flight and hotel. There are plenty of affordable places you should look at. You could choose to buy your flights separate from the hotel this is mainly done by non-package holiday operators just straight from the web. Most people find this way the cheapest. There are a number of different sites that do the trick. So do some comparing.

But if you are like me and worry too much about detail or you are going away for the first time on your own and just need the reassurance that if anything goes wrong you have someone to ask for help, you might want to stick with a package holiday from a well known Airline provider. I got my holiday from BA they had a great sale on their holidays. My flight & hotel for 3 nights only cost me £240. It was one of the cheapest, safest, and in a great location that I found. So don’t just dismiss Airlines, consider them, they do some great deals.



Now for the big one HOTELS…    You may be looking for a 5* spa hotel or a B’n’B yet you still want to feel like you have somewhere safe and warm to rest your tired legs after a long day walking around Rome. I can safely say that you are spoiled for choice, but you have to decided what is right for you. Personally I was looking for something that was close to the Colosseum and the main Termini station. It had to have breakfast, free wifi and some good reviews from other customers. Yes I know that might sound picky but to me,  those points are what makes the basics of a good hotel.  The hotel which I chose had all these things! I went for Hotel Amalfi  (link to tripadviser). It did its job. I always look at reviews but I think you get what you pay for and if it is cheap what do you expect. Plus they are not always what the reviews say, I have been in some awful places so never imagine expectations until I see the place for my own eyes. I would however go back to the Amalfi and I do recommend it to solo travellers, or anyone. Its a perfect cute little hotel.

Great Advice coming up now…

BUY YOUR COLOSSEUM TICKET BEFORE YOU GO (wow I did not need caps for that, but just to make it clear). I bought my tickets online and got to the Colosseum at 8.30 when it opens and was able to walk right through, when I saw the line again it was huge!! To get tickets go to – and if you are an EU citizen between the ages 18-25 you get a discount YAY!

Book your train tickets to the airport in advanced luckily I live near Clapham Junction, the best way I found was the Gatwick Express, tickets were £14 with my rail card.

IMG_20140206_202220PLAN…PLAN…PLAN If you know where you want to go on each day and how to get there efficiently you are giving yourself a head start. Make sure you at least know a rough idea of where you want to visit each day. I split mine into- Sunday, Colosseum, Palatino, Roman Forum, Pantheon and Piazza Navona – Monday- Vatican ( St Peters, Sistine chapel, Vatican Museum), Trevi Fountain- Tuesday,  Spanish Steps. All I would say now on this post is if you have 4 days I would spend a whole day at Vatican City, its bigger and more beautiful than you think. Plan for the weather too…Good walking boots are needed… waterproofs just in case, and you can get a brolly out there. Google maps are the way forward… Or just a map!


IMG_20140206_200621PRINT…PRINT…PRINT…Do not forget to print everything. Your boarding pass if you checked in online, even if you got it on your phone as you never know what could happen. Print your Itinerary for the hotel and your Colosseum tickets and insurance details. Then the people who like to be extra organized get a wallet just like the one in the picture to keep it all in. Mine was from TKMax and cost £12, it was a great spend…so handy to keep passport and everything I needed in one place.

Last but not least…


Get TRAVEL INSURANCE. You might think you will be ok going on holiday for only two days but you never know what could happen. The holiday before this, my college was fine all holiday right up till he got to the airport to fly back when he suffered from a stroke ( he is ok now, but that would have cost a lot of money if he had not got insurance) . For my three days in Rome I paid £7 that’s all, you can even get cheaper quotes, but I wanted to go with a company I knew so spent a little more to get insurance with the  AA. OK so I think that is everything I pre- planned, oh don’t forget a plug adaptor otherwise you will not be happy without your phone.

Tomorrow I will go over Day 1 – Getting to Rome and Day 2 – Being a tourist 🙂

Wow I don’t think I have written a blog this long before. I hope it can be of use to some people who are wanting to travel.



Day 34. On top of the world

I have seen some amazing sites today. I visted the smallest state in the world, Vatican city. I got to roam around the beautiful St. Peters Basilica, Climb its many steps to its top and gaze and the wonders of Micheal Angeloe and Raphel. I could have spent the whole day wondering around the Vatican, however I went to visit Trevi fountain where I threw a coin back into its waters, lest hoping I come back. Today has been an eye opener into the history of religion. St Peters took my breath away it has so much to offer, and the paintings of Christ, Mary and so on are exquisite. I even sent a post card from the top of St Peters, Vatican city to my mum and dad. Ha I am certain I will beat it home.





I will be doing two posts this week that go further into my visit and tell you the inns and outs of my solo trip.

Good night x

I made it.



It is funny to think that this time last week I was wondering if I was strong enough to go to Rome on my own…and here I am in a hotel in Rome. I can’t wait to start the day tomorrow, there is so much I want to fit in. But today was hectic, firstly there were a lot of delayed trains to the airport due to flooding so I just made a jump and caught the next train hoping it was the correct one, thank goodness it was. Then at the airport a girl needed medical attention and as I am first aid trained I was the first one to her (she was right behind me in a que) I stayed with her until the proper medical staff arrived. It was strange being at the airport by myself, and not going through check out as I had already done it online. So I got to the airport and walked straight to departures, I really did not have to be there two hours before but then I think who would have helped that girl. Then we waited an hour on the plane before setting off as the grounds people changed shifts but I finally made it onto Leonardo express, it was easy to buy tickets, it seems a bit of a sell out but everyone speaks English ha. And then to my hotel, I found it easily did not have to use my map, I love my room it’s tiny but perfect for me, clean, comfy bed shower and I even have a balcony. Bring it on Rome.


Day 32 And so my adventure beings. . .


The first leg of my journey is the easiest. The bus journey to the train station. I still can’t believe I am doing this, I probably won’t believe it until I am there. I am going to update you all on my journey as much as free internet allowes me.
I did realise this morning that I did not shoot off my insurance. I do have an email though, does that still count. Next stop train station.

Rome Plan!

So I have made my itinerary for my days in Rome,

Sunday- Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Capitoline Museum

Monday- Vatican ( Sistine Chapel, St Peters Basilica) , Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain

Tuesday (Before I go back) I need something little to do, in the morning, possibly either near the main station or near the airport? Anyone got any ideas?

Thank you,

Night again,



Day 29! I am going to Rome !!!!!

Dear Blogsphere,

I did it, I actually booked tickets to Rome, I am off for a single trip to visit the historic city. I have booked the flight and hotel, I even got a lonely planet pocket guide to help me on the way.
This makes me excited and nervous, I can’t wait to see everything I am just unsure how I am going to cope on my own. I am fighting my fears and saying yes for once.
The places that I am wanting to visit in my short two days.
Roman forum
Spanish steps
Trevi fountain
Capitoline museum
St. Peter basilica

I am not sure if i can make it around all of them in two days but I am going to try.

If you have anywhere you think I should go or any information that I need as a solo traveler, any tips on getting around would be great. Especially getting to the Vatican would be appreciated.

This feels like a huge adventure lets hope I can do it.



Day 25… Revelation of Independence

Quotes-Rome Was Not Built In A Day wallpaperI do not know what it was that happened this morning, something kicked in to my system that I am a grown up, that I can be and I am now fully independent. I do not have to tie my life to time. It feels like a revelation of the life ahead of me. That I am free. I live in a flat paying my own bills, I have an on-going (well as much as my contract keeps stretching) Job, I have to take holidays where if I choose I can go away.

The latter I have been thinking most of. I am very much a person who keeps a distance and watches, feels nervous at new things but knows that if I conquer it I feel amazing. And this year I feel like I need to conquer that feeling inside me otherwise my Independence is not going to go far. So I have been thinking about going to Rome next Saturday… of course someone in my head is saying no I cant go on my own but another is telling me Go, be free. I know I can just book it now but something is stopping me like always. It is like I need that permission, which we all seek in childhood. I know I don’t need it, but it feels like my safety net.

To go to Rome or not ?. That is the question.

What do you think, Do you have that feeling that keeps you back from doing the things in life which you wish you could, or are you person like my best friend (who is currently on an adventure) and takes any opportunity in hand and lives life to the full.  All I can say, Watch this space, this time next Saturday I might have been brave enough and I will be in Rome, or my fear will stop me and I will be sat here on my laptop. We shall see. Rome was not built in a day, I don’t think my fear will vanish that quick either.

Enjoy your weekend. Blogsphere