In early 2018, I came across Tråvvú, a travel team who curate package holidays for groups and solo travellers. As someone who wasn’t ready to deal with some of my friends’ drama around travelling. This was a perfect way of getting back into solo travel by having all the finer details such as accommodation locked in.
I am such a stickler when it comes to accommodation and would rather stay in a 5-star hotel (Instagram life problems) than rough it. However, this might change as I venture further into the unknown. If we have all the amenities on every adventure then we wouldn’t be truly experiencing what that particular place has to offer.
Malta, to be honest, wasn’t my first choice through Tråvvú as I knew absolutely nothing about the country. However, with a bit of persuasion from friends and family, I took the leap and honestly have no regrets. The one feature about Tråvvú Holidays is that even though they have everything planned by day and right down to the second, there was plenty of room for me to venture out on my own.
As the plane landed, all I can remember is how beautiful the island was, literally something out of Game of Thrones. Once out of arrivals we were welcomed by the Tråvvú team who provided us with our itinerary for the next 5 days and also provided great information about travelling around the island, furthermore we had two options to either make your way to the hotel on your lonesome or take the Tråvvú bus and mingle with other solo adventurists.
At this point, the chicken in me was like “gurl find your own way?.. noooo!” To be honest getting around the island isn't that expensive, so long as you know how much it costs to get to your particular destination. We opted to take the bus with the other travellers to the hotel where we checked in. The great thing about the curated package is that everything is thought of and all travellers were paired up, so you would never be truly alone if you were new to this. On top of that, it was a great way to meet new people and create new friendships.
Our first night in Malta was the most beautiful evening I have ever experienced in my life. We took a short ferry during sunset to bring us round to another side of the island to Valletta for our welcome dinner. At dinner, we were introduced to the remaining members of the team and the rest of the travellers. It was a magical night where, I met some amazing people who I am still friends with today.
Over the next few days, we ventured around Malta and it’s neighbouring islands. We toured the islands of Gozo and Comino, which were very busy, so finding that perfect beachfront spot was rather tricky. Whilst out in the Blue Lagoon bestie got stung by a jellyfish which started the Jellyfish stinging epidemic. I was one of the lucky ones to get away without a single sting. However, we all learnt something new, how to treat a jellyfish sting and the most effective solution was vinegar. By the way, you don’t necessarily have to pee on anyone unless it’s a life or death situation.
The next day after the jellyfish epidemic, we opted to stay on dry land and experience the sites in the city of Valletta. As we had already picked up bus passes when we arrived in Malta. Travelling around the city was easy enough and it was a short bus ride into the city centre. The city of Valletta is filled with such beautiful history and amazing Baroque architecture, we were never short of things to experience and explore.
We were also lucky enough to have visited the city while it was hosting The Isle of MTV: Malta concert. This was a once in a lifetime experience for me as I don’t usually like overly crowded spaces but I had to see what Jason Derulo had to offer. The tickets were free to enter the venue, however, if you were looking for something in your genre you could purchase tickets for after parties and other events. My tips for most of these big events is to aim to get to the venue as early as possible. Why you ask?! You will need to complete security checks, familiarise yourself with the nearest exit if you really can’t take large crowds, locate accessible restrooms and finally find an ideal viewing spot that allows you clear visibility of the stage.
Most of you are wondering what was the food like while were we out there. I didn't try the true Maltese cuisine (rabbit and the Maltese sausage) but all the cafes and restaurants catered to typical meals you would find on mediterranean holidays. Realising that my poor tummy couldn’t handle the sudden change in style of food. It was super important for me to find somewhere that catered to my dietary needs. We managed to find a beachfront restaurant a short walk away from our hotel which became our go-to eatery during our stay. I would honestly recommend eating out at least once on the beachfront as the sunsets are absolutely breathtaking.
Overall, my trip to Malta was absolutely perfect and I would love to visit the island again as it’s such a romantic city that will have you fall in love with its beauty again and again.
Written by Kani Musa
Photography by André Graver