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Going to Universal Studios alone was one of the most daunting solo experiences of my life so far. There, I said it. Despite traversing the world solo from the age of eighteen, landing in one of the most dangerous cities in the world at night, and somehow surviving getting kidnapped in Nepal amongst many other travel-related disasters, I found visiting Universal Studios alone to be more terrifying than everything else combined. You’d think, given the above, that going to a theme park alone would be a walk in the park, right?! Well, it wasn’t. Walking up to that oh-so-familiar globe of happiness and dreams, I felt a weird knot in my stomach at the prospect of spending the whole entire day completely alone at Universal Studios Hollywood. See, as a solo traveller, I’m not against meeting people on the road. Quite often I’ve befriended someone at a hostel, hotel or on…

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For my 21st birthday my then boyfriend’s ‘main’ gift to me was the promise of a trip to Disneyland Paris (he was very super sweet…

The only reason I wanted to go to LA was for Disneyland. As it turns out Disneyland is called Disneyland California not Disneyland Los Angeles, and California is actually a lot bigger than I could have imagined. But this stupid British no clue about US, can’t even name half the states girl didn’t realise that until more or less 4 days before her flight from Mexico to LA, by which point all park tickets (specifically for Disneyland and Universal Studios) had been purchased and a tentative itinerary had been set in my brain. The lesson learned here is do your darn research before booking yourself into a £30 a night non-refundable hostel on Hollywood Boulevard. Le sigh. Anyway, because it would take about the same amount of time to get from Hollywood to Anaheim (home of Disneyland, FYI) as it would from Wales to England, it made more sense to split my 4 days between…