My Epic Solo Adventure – October Update
It was just over a month ago that I first filled you in on my Next Epic Solo Adventure but so much has happened since. So here’s my October update!
Last month I thought, ‘oh, ya, I’ve got eight months to plan and ready myself,’ but now it’s down to seven and I need to kick it up a notch. Life, work, writing and blogging make time fly so I’ve committed to get stuff done and to stay on track I’ll be updating you every month as to how I’m doing, what I’ve accomplished and I’m sure an endless play on ever changing plans.
Last month I narrowed down where I want to go and approximately how long I want to spend in each city. With this I sadly had to scratch off a few places that were high on my must see list like Turkey and Croatia. Why? Simply because there is far too much I want to do, with limited time (I know you’re probably thinking 3 months is a limited time!?). Turkey has been high on my list for the past few years but when I started adding up all the places I wanted to go and things I wanted to see and do, it wasn’t feasible and I’d probably need at least a week or two just in Turkey, and so that’s going to have to be another adventure. As for Croatia, I was also surprised by all the cities I wanted to visit and though it’s still on the ‘if I can fit it in, by chance’ list, I’m probably also going to have to save that for yet another adventure. Seems the adventures keep piling up!
With that said, here are the cities that made the cutting block…
In England – London, York, Bristol, Bath, Canterbury, Gloucester, Uxbridge (visiting family)
In Europe – Paris & Lyon, France / Lisbon, Portugal (with possible day trips north) / Brussels, Belgium (with day trips to Ghent & Antwerp) / Malta / Venice & Cinque Terre, Italy / Prague, Czech Republic / Athens & Meteora, Greece / Bucharest, Romania / Jersey, Channel Islands
I’ve already started looking into places to stay, from private rooms in hostels to nice but budget friendly hotels. I’ve also been looking at tours like free walking tours and tours to cities or sights outside of my main destinations. One thing that is set is my flight! Yes, I’m excited to say it’s booked! I had been watching the prices on a few different sites and when I checked Air Canada last Sunday I saw that a direct flight from Toronto to London’s Heathrow had gone down almost $50, and so I thought ‘no time like the present’, and jumped on it. I leave the end of April 2015! Just going to show you that all it takes is to say ‘Yes to adventure!‘ I was thrilled, still am, as it means it’s finally real, I’m going! A dear friend of mine once told me that he doesn’t get excited, as it’s not real, until the flight is booked! It’s real!
What else have I been doing to prepare, financially, physically and mentally?
I’ve almost completely paid off my line of credit (almost because of the flight), and have cut out as much non-essential spending as I can, by indulging in free activities like hiking and reading. As for the upcoming budget-breaking Christmas season – well, I’m not one to indulge in gift buying as I like to keep things simple and about being together opposed to fancy new ‘things’, so this year I’ve decided to either make my gifts or simply give the gift of time and love with dinners, games and laughter.
As for the physical front, I always like to try and get back into shape and be as healthy as I can before departing on a trip and sadly have not been on track thus far with this, other than some hiking and such, this is definitely something I’ll be working on in the coming months!
How do you prepare mentally for an adventure like this, you’re probably wondering? For me, this is my first long-term solo adventure overseas. It’s one thing to head off for solo travel to places that speak your language or have similar customs, but it’s a different ball game when it’s a different language spoken and varied cultures and customs. So to prepare mentally for this adventure I’ll be delving into books and blogs about the countries I’ll be visiting and will look into learning some of the basic language to help me along. I also just finished reading a book that I totally recommend when setting out on a new adventure, it’s called The Art of Pilgrimage – The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred by Phil Cousineau. It really helps you get into the mind set of making sure you have the most memorable travel experience you can and has tips and guides to creating lasting memories on your travels.
And so, with time ticking, I must:
- make my to do/to buy/to get lists
- renew my passport!
- read, read, read
and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!
Have you been to any of the places I’m visiting? If so, I’d love to hear your tips, must sees, accommodation recommendations and if you’re a fellow travel blogger – “Let’s do coffee!”