Petrina’s Solo Adventure to L.A
Petrina traveled alone to LA this summer to visit her friend who was on a co-op work term there. Follow her along her journey to see what she did and how she survived travelling alone for the first time!
Hello everyone! To give you guys a bit of a background about myself, I am a fourth year student in the Management co-op program, specializing in marketing. This summer, I decided to travel to Los Angeles to visit my friend who was doing co-op there. Although I was taking 4 courses in summer school, I was determined to head out to LA to experience what all the hype was all about.
This was my first time travelling alone! I’ve always travelled with my family, so I was scared about the entire experience: going on a plane by myself, going through customs, finding transportation once I landed in LAX. It was all frightening at first, but I was able to manage and find my way around.
When I landed in LAX, my friend told me to take a bus from the airport which dropped me off at a station where she then picked me up. The moment I saw my friend’s car pull into the pickup area I was finally relieved, and I no longer felt like a foreigner.
She quickly drove me to her apartment, provided me with some food, and then told me that she had to get back to work because she was technically on her lunch break. It was at these moments that I had to explore the city on my own. It took some time to get use to travelling alone, but this was a great way to help me grow.
Being the tourist that I was, I spent my 5 days in LA seeing the all the must see tourist sites. My friend took me to Hollywood to see the huge famous sign seen in movies, the Hollywood walk of fame, the Chinese theatre, the Getty Centre, Santa Monica beach, LACMA (pictured on the right), and Universal Studios. We even went on a bus tour that drove around Mullholland Drive to see the houses of famous celebrities. Unfortunately for me, I did not see any celebrities during my stay in LA. I was quite disappointed that I did not even bump into any famous YouTubers! Oh well there’s always a next time.
The key highlight of my trip was when I decided to go to Santa Monica beach alone, when my friend had to go to work that day. Being in a new city with Wi-Fi as my only source of communication, of course I was scared to go alone, but I challenged myself to not waste my day in the apartment doing nothing. I took an Uber to Santa Monica beach and just laid on the sand for a couple hours, getting a nice tan in. After I had enough of the sun, I went to get sushi for lunch at a popular sushi restaurant called Sugarfish. It was my first time EVER eating alone in a restaurant, I felt like everyone was staring at me, but I came to realize that it was quite normal for people to eat alone. Although it was quite pricey in the end, I would have to say it was so worth it!
My entire trip to LA was so much fun, I’m already planning on when my next trip will be! There was just so much too see in so little time, that I feel like I need to go back there to really enjoy LA without being rushed. The one thing I definitely miss the most about LA is surprisingly not the endless sunshine and amazing mountain views, but their Acai bowls (pictured on the right)! I have still yet to find a place in Toronto that has comparable Acai bowls. I am so proud of myself for actually travelling on my own and I would encourage everyone to do so at least once in their lives 🙂