The whole backpacking through Europe idea had never really crossed my mind until the beginning of this year. I realized more than ever I was seeing friends backpacking through Europe and even some backpacking around the world! It then seemed like this could be pretty interesting; to just grab a backpack, throw in some clothes and be on your way to your next adventure!
Although I've lived in Europe for over a year now and have been to quite a few countries, I haven't seen it all yet. Scandinavia has been a region I've wanted to visit since I started watching the show New Scandinavian Cooking a few years ago. Each episode is filmed outdoors with breathtaking views as backdrops. I moved to Europe but didn't put Scandinavia on my top list which was a regret until I decided I would go backpacking alone in the Nordic region!
This adventure would be different than the trips I normally would take with my husband or friends. It would be the one journey I would embark on my own while I'm here in Europe. Don't get me wrong, I love traveling with my friends and my husband. I believe traveling in groups or as a couple will always be a great time! When traveling with others, I like hearing their excitement and their thoughts about where we're headed. The positivity just bounces off of one another just talking about our experience and that always makes the trip more enjoyable.
This time around, I wanted something different. When I step off the bus, I want to be the one and only person to determine where I will go next. I don't want to hold anyone back, nor do I want to hold myself back. When I travel with my husband or friends, it is usually a group decision where we will go next and it has worked just fine every time. Someone will throw out a suggestion and for the most part we will all usually agree. But how do we know each person truly wanted to go to the next place? We don't! I would be worried if I wanted to explore some more while someone else wanted to relax for a bit. Or if I wanted to eat pizza but the rest of the group wants sushi. Sometimes we compromise to keep the trip going smooth and to avoid any issues. And for that, this is just one of the reasons I decided to take this next trip alone.
You see, this solo backpacking trip is more of a personal goal for me than anything else. I'm going to do this for myself only. It may seem selfish to others but I think I will learn more about myself and what's so bad about that? This will force me to step out of my comfort zone; this is exactly what I need. I want to feel the true freedom in traveling and to be able to learn independence as well.
I am sure there will be mistakes made or mishaps will come up. Not everything will go as planned no matter how much preparation is done. I want to see how resourceful I will be and how I will solve any issue that comes up on my own. I'm going to use my little noggin more than ever by maneuvering through the different countries in which I don't speak a word of their language. I want to show that I can do this on my own and for others to believe they can do the same.
Tell me about your first solo backpacking trip and how it went. If you haven't backpacked alone yet, what's stopping you? ;)
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