Europe Prep with VICKY WARD

Friends, in less than one month, I’ll be taking my #ExplorationHoliday by going on a #EuropeanAdventure. I’m so excited!! I want to share with you today a little bit of history behind this trip and what I’ve done thus far in preparation.

This trip started with me simply saying “I’ve always wanted to go to Europe, so I’m going to go.” I was tired of the excuses I told myself – “I don’t have enough money” or “I don’t have anyone to go with” or “I don’t have the time” etc. I finally hit a point where I was frustrated that I wasn’t living my life because of “I don’t”’s.

Once I decided to go, the first step for me was preparing my parents. Even though I haven’t lived at home in the last ten years, I knew going to Europe by myself was going to stress them out and worry them, so I gave them plenty of warning. I’m glad I did because it’s easier on them and they’ve supported me and helped me in the planning process.

The next thing I needed to do was decide where and when I wanted to go. In the beginning I was thinking England because I knew it was an English speaking country. But again, that decision was one made out of fear. If I go to England it will be because I WANT to go, not because I’m scared of going other places. After some conversations with others that have travelled and some research, I settled on Holland, Belgium, and France. I intentionally added a long lay over in Iceland, giving me four countries to explore in just a week and a half.

I plan to start my trip with a visit to The Blue Lagoon, a natural spa in Iceland. Why not start off with a relaxing time before I jump into a week and half of crazy adventure? After experiencing The Blue Lagoon in Iceland, I’ll be heading to Amsterdam for four days, then on to Belgium for three days, and finishing my last two days in Paris.

My whole stay, I’ll be in hostels, except my last night in Paris, which will be spent at Citizen M hotel. I want to spend my last night in a room by myself to process and digest. I also want to be close to the airport for an easy morning. One of the great parts of staying in hostels is the price; I’ll pay about $400 in lodging for the whole trip.

My activities range from museums, wandering, eating, drinking, and even catching a Creative Morning lecture in Amsterdam. I know I also wanna spend a lot of time just exploring and seeing what’s out there. I want to make new friends. I want to be free, not held back by my own fears.

I’m thinking my train times will be ideal blog times. I can’t wait to share this part of the journey with you.

I welcome any tips! Where should I go while in Amsterdam, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, or Paris? What should I remember to pack? What’s better left behind? Any recommendations are highly appreciated!

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