Seattle, Washington — [Traveling During COVID-19]

Let me just start off by saying I arranged this trip before Coronavirus was announced outside of China. I unfortunately could not get a refund or change my trip since it didn’t meet Alaska Air nor Airbnb’s requirements.

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Outside of Pike Place Market — πŸ“Έ:cameronthomsenphotography

A couple months ago, I found a really good deal to fly from Chicago to Seattle. Seattle was always a city I wanted to visit, but it was either pricey to fly or I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to plan a trip. When I came across these tickets, it took me about three hours before I made the final call and just got them. I honestly paid under $175 when normal prices are around $250+ during off season. (I will not fly cheap airlines like Frontier or Spirit. I believe in comfort and quality.)

So there I was! Going on my first solo vacation! Something I would have never thought I would do on my own, like ever! Let alone during an outbreak like COVID-19 when Washington State was the prime hub during this time in the United States.

On my way to the airport, I had a mini panic attack. I was freaking out because I was about to catch this flight across the country and be all alone over two thousand miles away from everyone and anyone I knew. I wanted to go, but I was also scared. That feeling went away shortly after when I realized how much fun this trip could actually be and that’s exactly what it was. A great time!

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Sunset Over The Harbor

Where To Stay:

Downtown Seattle is so lively with beautiful sunsets over the harbor. If you don’t plan on leaving the city, staying downtown is the best option. I stayed in an Airbnb over in Pioneer Square on top of Merchant’s Cafe. (Fun Fact: This place is the oldest bar in Seattle and it’s supposed to be haunted. I didn’t see anything at my place though.) It was super convenient to walk everywhere and it was only 20 minutes away from the airport. A win win. Another great location would be Belltown. This neighborhood is literally right in the middle of Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. It’s also in the center of all the action, so there’s no need for a car or Lyft. You can easily walk everywhere.

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Merchant’s Cafe — Airbnb’s on top

Where To Eat:

Before going to Seattle, I knew all I wanted to eat was fresh seafood for the weekend. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to indulge this time around, but I did get to eat some really good salmon tacos. I’ve had fish tacos on the West Coast, but never salmon. These were honestly better. I also made it a priority to stop at Cupcake Royale. They have some of the best cupcakes around! Some other places I would recommend, but didn’t personally get to go are:

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Cupcakes from Cupcake Royale
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Classic & Dance Party

Β What To See:

Seattle is known for their huge public farmers’ market, but also because of the Space Needle. These were two of the locations I wanted to check out for sure. (This is also why I knew Seattle would be a good first solo trip because I can do some of these things on my own no problem.) Besides the top two touristy sights, I wanted to go by the water and enjoy the scenery. I did a lot of walking, so I got to visit different neighborhoods and check out places along the way. On my last adventure, I walked from Pioneer Square to the Space Needle. It’s not that far, but it’s about two miles. I’m glad that the weather was in the high 40’s because it allowed me to save some money on Lyft’s, but also because I got to experience the city walking instead of being in a car and seeing everything from behind a window. If there was somewhere I wanted to stop, I could do so. Some places I would recommend checking out are:

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Inside Pike Place Market
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Inside Pike Place Market
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Inside Pike Place Market
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Inside Pike Place Market
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Inside Pike Place Market
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Inside Pike Place Market
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The Gum Wall
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The Gum Wall
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Outside By Pike Place Market
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On Pier 57
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On Pier 57
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On Pier 57
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Skyline View From Pier 57
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Space Needle
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Space Needle
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View From Inside The Space Needle
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View From Inside The Space Needle — Thankful I Had A Clear Day To See The View
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View From Inside The Space Needle
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View From Inside The Space Needle
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View From Inside The Space Needle
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View From Inside The Space Needle
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View From Inside The Space Needle
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View From Inside The Space Needle
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View From Inside The Space Needle

After my first solo trip as a female traveler, I have nothing but good things to share about this experience. If there’s somewhere you want to go, but you have no one to travel with, go alone! Life is wayyyyy to short to wait on others. Your actual life begins when you realize how to be your own person and you start doing the things you always wanted to do. Even if that means doing them alone!!

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Pike Place Market
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Pike Place Market
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Sunset Over The Harbor
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I Love When Airbnb’s Have Things To Sign
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Mount Rainier!

P.S – I traveled during 03/07/2020-03/09/2020 and Seattle was still alive. It was not a ghost town or near empty. I made sure to take all precautions PLUS go above all standards. I even met some people on a photoshoot tour and no one was concerned about COVID-19. It’s different now and more people are reacting, but life goes on. Stay healthy and wash your hands.

Xox

La Flare

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  1. You timed your trip just right it seems! Glad you had an amazing time there. I’ve heard so much about Seattle especially the market and the Gum Wall. That wall is both super gross but artsy at the same time! xD

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  2. Your pictures are AMAZING! I have never traveled solo and I think it’s great that you did. It’s an inspiration for other solo girls. I Pinned this post to my travel board because you had so many helpful tips and links. Thank you for sharing. (P.S. the cupcakes look delicious!)

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  3. It is a bummer that you couldn’t cancel your plans. I would think Washington state would be smarter about restricting travel. I visited Seattle a couple of years ago and love its vibe! I thought their seafood would be cheaper but it’s just as expensive! Glad you still made the most out of the trip!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

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    1. It’s honestly so crazy how some people were acting. It was right after a few deaths were announced and so many people in Seattle were unbothered. The girl next to me on the plane ride home was licking her fingers and touching everything without sanitizing or washing her hands. Idk , it was a little bothersome. Lol all in all, a great trip! So much liveliness! Thank you so much for reading!πŸ’–

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  4. I’ve heard such great things about Seattle – and I can see why, it looks and sounds amazing. The view from the needle us reason enough to visit for me as I love views, but I really love the anatomy of a cupcake too! They look delicious! β™₯️

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    1. The view from the Space Needle was really nice! And I chose the last time slot to catch the sunset! I would highly recommend that timing. I also got super lucky with a clear day! The cupcakes are AMAZING as well!! Thank you so much for reading!πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  5. Nice trip. I enjoy solo trips every now and again. They are therapeutic somehow and make you enjoy life just a little more… Seattle is a great sport. Looking forward to getting there when things get back to normal. Thanks for sharing,

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    1. Ugh! I thought the same thing, but then I was like, well what am i supposed to do? Just not visit places because I can’t find anyone to join? Traveling alone wasn’t that bad. It was actually kind of cool!😊 thank you so much for reading!πŸ’–

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  6. Glad you had a safe trip! I love all your photos! The furthest I’ve gone by myself is on the train to London and that was only a 2-hour trip! I’m a complete chicken when it comes to traveling by myself, but from the sounds of it, it sounds like a great thing to do!

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  7. Omg the pics are gorgeous the Ferris wheel, needle, public market shots and of course you as well. So brave of you to go on your own sometimes a girl have to do what a girl have to do. Thanks for sharing I pinned on Pinterest Take Care Be Safe

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  8. Hi Sorayah!
    I used to live right in the heart of downtown near pikes for a couple of years. Seattle is one of my favorite citiesπŸ€—Reading your post reminded me of so many memories. I’m so glad that you enjoyed your trip! I hope you get to go back again. There’s so many cool things that you can do there πŸ™ŒπŸ½

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  9. Wow. I would have never considered Seattle. I did know of the gum wall but didn’t know it was in Seattle itself! Good for you for finally sticking to your travels and visiting. I must say you have amazing photography skills. Seafood tacos sound tasty too! Great post.

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  10. Sounds like you had a lovely trip! I love your photos, Seattle looks like a fab place to visit. I haven’t been to the US before, but Seattle looks like a place I would like to add to my list.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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  11. You were right in my backyard, so to speak! I live in the greater Seattle area, about 20-30 minutes outside of the city. Pike Place market is a must so I’m so glad you got to see it! Did you visit the Fountain at Seattle Center (walking distance from the Space Needle)? Or see the Fremont Troll? The Woodland Park Zoo is another great attraction πŸ™‚

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    1. Seattle was awesome! I want to go back to go outside the city next time, but i unfortunately did not get to see the fountain at the Seattle center or the Fremont troll. It was already night once i finished at the space needle and i didnt want to put myself in a sketchy position when I’m alone, but I’ll remember these locations for next time. Thank you so much for reading!❀

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  12. I’m glad you are able to go on your dream trip and you arrived safe and healthy! I love all the pictures you showed here and the seafood is to die for! Seattle is one of the States I’ve been wanted to visit!

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  13. I’m glad you are able to go on your dream trip, and you arrived safe and healthy! I love all the pictures you showed here, and the seafood looks so delicious! Seattle is one of the States I’ve been wanted to visit!

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  14. Great post! I love love love Seattle. I grew up in Spokane, but went to college in Seattle before moving to Arizona, and then Hawaii. If you’re into seafood you’ve got to check out The Crab Pot restaurant next time you’re there. It’s right on the waterfront.
    Love that you travelled solo! I had a similar realization about life being too short and decided to do solo hiking and camping trips which was amazing, but I have yet to do any solo travel.

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    1. Thank you for the recommendation!! I’m definitely going to have to go there next time! I do plan on going back in the future!

      That’s awesome you can go on solo camping trips & hikes! I would be way too worried, hence why I didn’t get to do any hiking in Washington. 😩πŸ₯Ί Thank you so much for reading!! I hope you make it on a solo trip at least once in your life.πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  15. Wow those photos are amazing! Was the Covid stuff really hitting USA back then? I know in NZ it was kind of wishy washy as to what was happening. 😦 Glad you still got to go on your trip though, it looked awesome!

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    1. When i went, it was right when the U.S started reporting their first deaths. And it was all happening in Washington State (of course where I was headed). But right after my trip, things got shut down. So i made it right in time! In & out! Thank you so much for reading!πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ Stay safe

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  16. I loved reading the post, it must have been a little worrysome travelling just when coronavirus was announced all over the world. I’m glad to know you had fun. I hope things get better so that we could travel again xx

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  17. This was a very inspirational post. I’ve been thinking about traveling solo for awhile but haven’t had the guts to go. Maybe when it’s safe to travel again, I may have to suck it up and go. Thanks for sharing xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! Honestly, i was really scared at first and had a melt down on the way to the airport , but i got through it! I hope you make that trip one day! ❀

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