Seriously, it’s hard to believe that it’s 2018 already. It sounds cliché to say, but time really flew this year. Maybe it’s a matter of getting older, that each year starts to blend together and makes it difficult to distinguish where one ends and the other begins. In any case, plenty of things have happened in 2017– the good, the bad, and the in-between.
As we head into a new year, we’re leaving another behind. Another 365 days are past us, and many of us are eager to wipe away past mistakes and start anew. With the first day of 2018 done, there’s plenty of optimism with the remaining 364 days to come.
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.