(Last Updated On: November 27, 2019)
Now that I am officially one year past my first solo travel trip through Europe, I can look back and remember the things that have REALLY stood out to me. The good, the bad, the things I miss, the things I don’t miss. All I can tell you for certain is that spring of 2017 was the best time in my life thus far. It was exhilarating, healing, exciting, challenging, plus so much more. On top of that… I learned SO much about myself.
I remember booking my very first solo trip – to Munich – the day before I left! I have never been so spontaneous in my entire life, and it paid off in an unbelievable way. I made friends that weekend that I still keep in touch with! A whole year later! Every trip that I booked that spring wasn’t done more than a few days in advanced. And while stressful, it was also completely exhilarating.
2016 was a year of challenge and growth. With that being said, I welcomed 2017 with arms wide open! My only New Year’s resolution was to focus on myself and do whatever I pleased whenever I pleased! Traveling solo through Europe was exactly what I wanted to do, and exactly what I needed to do. Heart = healed.
“Hi, I see that you’re walking alone – want to join us at Friday markets? We’re going to sample the local cuisine and drink the local wine and beer.” – An exact quote from someone I met walking the streets (alone) in Ljubljana. It ended up being the best weekend of my whole trip. How could something like that NOT excite me?!
Your phone dies, you don’t speak the language, you don’t know where you’re going, you don’t even know who to trust! Where do you eat, where do you stay, are you in a good part of town? Is someone trying to rip me off? CHALLENGING. But trust me, if you stick to it, and stick through it… it pays off. Plus, you eventually get better at knowing if someone is ripping you off, ha!
With all of that being said, I urge you, whoever “you” are, to stop standing in your own way. JUST. GO. FOR. IT. You will be happy you did.
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