Travelling to the US – first solo trip!

Last week, my sister and I travelled around the US. This was our first ever travel trip without our parents, so it was a fulfilling journey of independence and learning (along with ridiculously crazy instances).

Here’s what we did in a nutshell:

We organised this trip primarily to tour around campuses of the universities we may be joining this fall. So our first stop was Illinois, as we wanted to see the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It was located at a serene location complete with squirrels, rain drops, fresh trees, and lots and lots of greenery.

Me on your left, my twin sister Diza on your right
My sister and I in front of the UIUC campus

We also stayed in Chicago for a day and something really scary happened. We were filling the gas of our (rented) car and in America, as I learnt, we have to do everything by ourselves. How very convenient… not. So when we were adjusting the gas, the petrol splurted all over my clothes 😱. Luckily there was a gas station convenience store, and the guy let me change to a fresh set of clothes in the bathroom since we had our luggage! I used to love the smell of petrol. Now I’m traumatised…

Downtown Chicago
Also downtown Chicago

Our next stop was Seattle where we saw the University of Washington (where I’m most inclined to go). A soft pink campus complimented with a touch of blue – perfect for the princess I like to pretend I am!

The University of Washington

We also stopped at the Starbucks Headquarters. It was a luxurious private reserve where we treated ourselves with a scrumptious skillet chicken with white wine sauce and an aromatic latté.

Our last stop was New York where we saw NYU 👩‍🎓, and there are no words to describe the vibrant, buzzy lives people live over there. We were walking all day to get from place to place and that was what I loved the most about this city (Psst…I didn’t workout for a whole entire week otherwise🤫). Also, here, and in fact in all the other cities, it was lovely to encounter a lot of Mexicans from Latin America, so we got to practice our Spanish! ¿Que guay, no? (How cool, no?). The people were also incredibly kind and in general we felt safe (considering this city can get pretty unsafe if one isn’t careful).

Times Square, New York

All in all, we had the time of our lives and travelling without our parents was a not-so-bad-as-I-thought experience. I love my parents to the moon and back, but a bird must eventually leave the nest of her family, right?

⁃ SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️

118 thoughts on “Travelling to the US – first solo trip!

  1. I have never been to America, Saania. But I think if I had the chance to choose a place there to attend university, I might pick somewhere with better weather than those three cities. 🙂
    It rains all the time in Seattle, and Chicago winters are harsh. New York is very cold in the winter, and very hot and humid in summer.
    Given your age, from the three choices shown here, I cannot help but think that New York City would be the most exciting place for you.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. just so great! Incredible moments captured right there! 📸sounds like one hell of an expedition!💛👭.Thank you for taking us with you!
    Best of luck in your placement🎓 and many more journeys to come. S.S

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  3. Hey Saania: So our little princess is now a solo traveller 🙂 And how confident – criss crossing Chicago, Seattle and New York! Flights, metros and taxi – just by the twin sisters not even 18.
    Very proud.

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  5. University of Washington looks very nice – at least from the outside!

    And you are right: a bird must eventually leave the nest of the family. This is when life begins to become interesting.


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  6. How very brave of you and your twin sister to travel to America, Saania. And your travels were extensive, from coast to coast. Great photos and great adventures. Congratulations on this adventure.

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  7. I have never made it across the Atlantic but I am sure I would love the buzz of New York. Walking is the only way to know a city. Well done with your trip. We will all look forward to hearing what you both decide to do. Ps – very brave driving on your first visit.

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  8. How amazing! I didn’t know you had a twin sister (I have a twin sister too!)! 😊 Traveling without your parents for the first time can be scary but it is also very liberating! I hope you’ll end up in the university of your dreams!

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    1. Hello! Ah you’re right I forgot to mention ☺️.
      So, I’m most likely going to the university of Washington and my sister NYU now that we’ve had a while to think. She also received an offer from LSE in the UK but that’s with conditions based on final examination scores, so that is an option for her too.

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      1. You’ll have so much fun visiting each other. Don’t limit yourselves to just the coasts, though. You’ve already been to Chicago but you should really visit some of the other “flyover” states, too. There are so many Americans whose thinking is limited because they’ve never been anywhere else but home, even in their own country.

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  9. I wouldn’t worry so much about the rain of the University of Washington. I live in Vancouver, which is a rainforest wet city just across the international border from Seattle; and the rain is quite tolerable as it is quite often just a light drizzle. Get a hoodie. It’s all you really need.

    — Catxman

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      1. When I go I take a New Jersey train into New York. It takes 30 minutes from my location. From there, I take the NY train system to my destination. Sometimes I go the wrong way, but that’s just as fun in NY!!!


  10. Bonjour ,SAANIA bon mercredi
    Ce matin
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    Le chant des oiseaux
    Le soleil qui se lève
    Les rayons passent à travers les rideaux
    Je viens te dire bonne journée
    Attention aux grosses chaleurs restons au frais
    Bisous Bernard


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  11. Happy Birthday to you and your sister! I really enjoy visiting Chicago for friends and business. In addition to writing, I work as a private college advisor to students around the world Some of the students I work with want to go to UChicago or Northwestern–both super hard schools to get into–and two of them got a YES this year. I’m an alum of NYU and my daughter is a 2020 grad of TISCH school of the Arts.


  12. I too have been to Seattle and just had to stop at Starbucks’ headquarters. You and your sister looked to have had a great time. Wherever you decide to go to college I pray you have many blessings and great success! Blessings and Peace!


  13. Woha, simply mind blowing scenes Saania!

    Looks like an ideal place to explore, looking at all of these stunning sceneries.

    This brings back memories on an expedition I took part in the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka in South Asia.

    I set out on a journey to explore the longest river of Sri Lanka; River Mahaweli with a group of kayakers paddling for 3 long days.

    And trust me when I say this, it was ‘heaven on earth” from lush greeneries to all the flora and fauna simply captivated me. Read the full story here,


  14. Thank you for sharing your adventures!!.. When you visited the University of Illinois you were near where I live as I live in a small farming village not to far away… 🙂

    Hope you and your sister had a wonderful experience with your travels and until we meet again..
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    May all the wishes you wish come true
    May peace be within you
    May your heart be strong
    May you find whatever you’re seeking
    Wherever you may roam
                      (Irish Saying)


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