En route to Aruba, Copa Airlines had a flight option through Panama City and I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to take the “abroad” step in solo travel — EEK. I’ve spent the past 2.5 years popping around the states on my own and got up to Toronto for a work trip, but this was adventure time for real. I took a one-day layover on each end and it. was. awesome.
Besides all the internal excitement, anxiety and empowerment that comes from stepping into foreign, non-English lands solo for the first time, Panama was my first experience in a 2nd-world country and completely unlike anyplace I’ve yet to see.