Especially for many of us travelers, it can be difficult to find accommodation in a new city or country. Hotels might be ridiculously expensive or hostels just don’t exist (particularly in small towns). It’s not just a matter of getting to your destination safely, but also having a roof over your head for the night (and no, that doesn’t mean sleeping in the train station!).
When it comes to traveling alone, my *humble* beginnings as a solo traveler didn’t actually start until I was a full-fledged adult: it was my summer studying abroad in Paris during university that I experienced a newfound freedom, outside my parent’s supervision, to explore Paris and see so much of it: touristy and off-the-beaten-path alike. Fast-forward a year later when I started my first year as an assistante in Normandy, and that was when I made countless solo trips to a whopping fifteen countries– since then, I live for travel.
Now, it was around this time last year that I published my bucket list of places to visit while in Europe. From the up-most north of Iceland to as far east as Turkey, I had many aspirations for seeing some of these miraculous places on the continent.
As of Thursday last week, I’ve officially finished my first semester of teaching as a lectrice d’anglais in France. Crazy to believe just how it has flown by– cliché as it sounds, it seemed like just yesterday I was starting my first day at the university and now I’m here with no more classes to teach until the following semester. While it hasn’t been easy these past couple of months, I’d say that it has turned out for the better.