When I first moved to London years ago I thought I knew it all and that I was prepared for everything it had to offer when I moved over…yea I was wrong! Within a week of living here I realized that there was so much more to this city then what I had seen on television and film, and I guess that’s a good thing. A part of me was relieved that there was more to London than Big Ben and Notting Hill, it’s all the hidden gems that make a city great and memorable. When I started this series on the blog I didn’t think really think it would be a series but I guess London is always full of surprises!
So here we go again these are just a few things no one tell you about London… Continue reading “What no one tells you about London Vol. III”
We all know London is an expensive city, from the ridiculous rent to travel, living in this city means a lot of twenty – somethings like myself are constantly broke, but hey I guess it’s worth it if your living in one of the best cities in the world. Now even though London can be expensive there are a number of things to do in the city that doesn’t break the bank. Continue reading “What to do in London for under a tenner?!”
Beautiful scenery, delicious food and lovely people, what else could anyone ask for when travelling Europe. Salzburg was everything I thought it would be and so much more. Even though it is a small town in comparison to Vienna there is quite a bit to see and do! What could be better than a town that is nestled in the Alps…nothing I tell you! Continue reading “48 Hours in Salzburg”
Before going to Vienna I envisioned classical music, jaw dropping architecture, and coffee houses, which is exactly what I found in this charming city. Vienna is the capital of Austria and is the cultural, economic and political centre of Austria, but what I didn’t realize before going is that the city has numerous palaces, which I didn’t expect! Even though many people associate Vienna with Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud, what many people don’t realize is that the city is rich in not only music but in culture and history. Vienna’s history goes back centuries, and one point in time the Austrian – Hungarian Empire was one of the wealthiest empires in Europe. That legacy left an imprint on most of Austria, especially Vienna, where reminders of the glorious empire are on every street corner. Keep reading to find out the best cultural and historical hotspots to check out in Vienna! Continue reading “Vienna – The City of Class and Palaces”
Berlin will always have a special place in my heart because it was my first solo trip, and I learned so much because of this trip. Berlin is an interesting city because even though there is no longer the divide between East and West, you can still see a clear different between both sides of the city. Even though that part of their history might be a little dark, it’s what gives the city character. Continue reading “Berlin Adventures”
There comes a day in every dame travellers’ life where she has to go on a solo adventure. Travelling to Berlin on my own was my first solo trip, and let me tell you it was both exciting and nerve racking! When I first moved to London I had told myself that I wanted to go on at least 1 solo trip before eventually going back to Canada. It only took me a year a half but I finally made the jump!
So many young solo women travellers gave me the courage to make that leap and travel on my own. With all things that come with a little risk, I was asked a million questions from my family and friends regarding the choice I made to travel to Berlin on my own; my answer was simple, I wanted to experience being completely on my own and indepdendant. It was also really frustrating that in 2016 women traveling on their own is basically frowned upon because it goes against the norm or it isn’t safe. I want to be a part of the generation of solo women travelers that break that fear, and encourage more women to get up and travel on their own. We should be encouraging girls from a young age to travel and explore the world aruond them and not to live in fear. My first solo trip reforced this idea that we should encourage all women to get out there and explore. The world is a beautiful place, and maybe if more of us explored it there would be less ignorance, therefore less fighting. Women might be surprised at what they find, and many of them will realize that even though the world may seem like a scary place we need to rise above that and keep fighting through that fear!
This solo trip helped me grow as a person and it also made me realize that I am more independant than I thought, which is a good thing. I realized that being on your own,with your own thoughts, can sometimes be a good thing; being on my own whether or at a cafe or exploring the city actually gave me clarity and peace of mind, and no, that doesn’t mean I was a complete loner for my trip!
Now don’t get me wrong I love traveling with a buddy but when you go on a solo trip you need to figure out everything for yourself, and even though that might be scary it’s actually great! Being in a foreign country forces you to get out of your comfort zone, and you know what they say, great things happen when you have the courage to leave your comfort zone. Travelling to Berlin on my own forced me to get out of my bubble, and make new friends and talk to people that I probably wouldn’t have spoken to if I was travelling with a buddy. Even though I love traveling with friends some times you lose sight of the interesting characters around you because you just want to hang out with your friends. Being in Berlin by myself forced me to talk to the people around me, whether it was on a walking tour or at a bar, and let me tell you I learned something interesting about all the people I had the opportunity to talk to!
One thing I know forsure is that we ALL need to get out there and explore, not only does that allow us to learn about other people and cultures, but we also learn quite a but about ourseleves. We all have a gypsy soul inside us, all we need to do is let it go.
As 2015 comes to a close and a new year is quickly approaching, I have taken the time to reflect on all my adventures this year and let me tell you I did have quite the year! For as long as I could remember I have always wanted to travel around the world in order to see and experience the different cultures I had always read about and this year my adventures took me to various places in Europe that I will surely not forget. Through my travels I have learned so much about the world and more importantly about myself. Continue reading “What I learned through my travels in 2015”