The Things I Wish I'd Known Before Going Travelling
When I graduated from university, my thoughts didn't go straight to jobs, the future or what I was going to do with my (kinda pointless) degree. Nope, all I knew was that I wanted to get away for a bit. Four years of hard slog an learning had taken its toll and I was ready to let loose. So a friend and I began planning our epic trip around Europe. Here are the 10 things I wish I'd known before I left home for five weeks:
- It always costs more than you'd think. We saved and saved, and managed to round up enough money for a 'budget' trip, but phone calls home to Mum and Dad were bound to happen the minute a white water rafting trip was dangled in front of our faces.
- Flexibility is key. There is no point in going about things with a set idea in mind of what you're going to do/where you're going to go. Sometimes it's more fun to go with the flow. After all, it's the best way to meet new people and try out new things!
- Check the weather! I'm a little obsessed with doing this now, only thanks to the fact that we were caught out in a storm with the total opposite of appropriate clothes. And we stayed out...like drowned rats. Hunger is a great motivator.
- You won't always get along. 24 hours a day every day for goodness knows how long can take its toll on anyone. We managed pretty well because we both like 'quiet time'. Thank God I have a friend I can say nothing to for four hours and not feel uncomfortable!
- The best people are usually travelling on their own too! We met so many great people, and had some amazing times with them on our little adventure.
- You don't actually need a backpack. Seriously. We actually thought that 'backpacking' meant backpacking. Our backs were broken lugging around huge packs when we could've been rolling around a suitcase. Hindsight, eh?
I have some fantastic memories from my trip around Europe. I go as often as I can, and one day hope to go on an epic trip again. And I'll be wheeling a suitcase next time!