2) One of the main things I had to figure out was how I was going to get around the country. So I posted messages on a couple social community sites and message boards to try and loop up with others to rent a car/camper to travel the islands. Since this was the first time that I had decided to travel solo for an extended period of time, I thought it would be cool to share some of these experiences with others who I might not otherwise meet.
Additionally, I attended my first Couchsurfing related event. Essentially it was just a weekly meetup at a bar where people from the city and travelers passing through would get together for drinks. I figured it was a good chance to meet other people and possibly some travelmates - even if the idea of going to a bar by oneself might feel a little awkward (to be honest, it's not something I'm particular used to, but for me, that's part of the reason for doing it).