I thought it was going to be a lot easier to find a good place to get some work done and blog while traveling, but it has proven a bit more difficult than I thought. Between finding good wifi, finding a place to sit, and not being completely exhausted from flights, jet lag, and walking miles every day, its quite a challenge! Since my last post I have already seen so much, met many people, and have been way out of my comfort zone. But more on that soon.
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I’ve been thinking about the best way to do this blog. I currently want it to serve at least two purposes:
- Be a place for my friends and family to read about my adventures.
- Be a place for me to come back to in the future so that I can re-experience all of the great times I have along the way.
With this in mind, I’ve decided to split up the blog posts by country. Considering that I’ve already been to three countries and its been about one week since I left the United States, its safe to assume each blog post will be published about 1-2 weeks after I visit a given country. So as I mentioned above, Snapchat and Instagram are better platforms for keeping an eye on what I’m currently doing.
My travel schedule has been very intense so far and I expect to keep up this pace throughout the journey since I’m traveling alone. I plan on seeing everything at a surface level, experiencing the culture of each individual city, and then heading to the next place before I get comfortable in any one spot.
Here is what I’ve done in the past week:
May 19th/20th – flew to Dublin from SFO
May 20th – 22nd – Dublin
May 22nd – flew to London
May 22nd – 24th – London
May 24th – flew to Brussels
May 24th – 26th – Brussels
On the 27th I’m planning on visiting Bruges and Ghent, which are nearby cities in Belgium.
After this post I’ll start diving into my experiences in each country, but before I do that I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learned in the past few days (this is a learning experience, not just a fun vacation after all!):
- Start the conversation – For some reason I’ve never been a fan of striking up conversations with strangers. When you’re traveling alone you don’t really have an option (unless you just don’t want to talk to anyone). Everyone I’ve started a conversation with has been extremely kind and its always lead to great experiences (like playing a random game of croquet with some Irish guys in the rain… more on this in the Dublin post!)
- Great memories are created with other people – I’m doing this trip alone, but I quickly realized my favorite memories aren’t going to be of me standing alone outside of some incredible ancient building. Instead, the best memories are going to be created with the people I meet along the way and share experiences with.
- Decision making is so much easier by yourself – Do I want a Belgian waffle? Yes. Okay I’ll go get a Belgian waffle. Its that simple. When I hung out with a group of people it took 15 minutes of walking around to decide on a place that everyone wanted to eat. Its interesting doing whatever I want to do whenever I want to do it without worrying about how it will affect anyone else.
- I’m more social than I thought – I’ve never considered myself to be an extremely outgoing person. I tend to wait for a friend to start a conversation with someone rather than doing it myself. But since I don’t have a friend around to do that I had to get more social very quickly.
Overall its been a great journey and I’m stoked that I took advantage of this opportunity. Please keep an eye out for the next post soon, add me on Instagram and Snapchat in the meantime, and don’t forget to leave a comment below!
This post was written on the top bunk in my room in the Grand Place Hostel in the heart of Brussels around 1am.