This time next week, I will be landing in Helsinki, Finland to kick off a series of five trips leading up to Christmas. I briefed you on my Holiday Preparations and Travels earlier this month, but I didn’t exactly explain why I’m leaving the mountains and heading for the cities. Before I embark on these European adventures, I wanted to backup a bit and explain why I have decided to trade in the mountain life for the travel life.
The original plan was not to turn my calendar into a full-blown travel itinerary… it all started with a quest for Christmas markets. In the spirit of the holidays and blogmas, I wanted to plan some Christmassy adventures to share with you during the month of December. I first booked a train ticket to Røros, a charming Norwegian town that transforms into a magical Christmas village in the winter. I then purchased a flight to Vienna, a city I have been wanting to visit since my brother first moved there and a popular European Christmas market destination. Little did I know that I would suddenly catch the travel bug.
Once my first two adventures were booked, I couldn’t stop looking at flight deals, train schedules, and hostel reviews. The list of cities I wanted to visit started multiplying and all of a sudden my calendar was overflowing with travel plans. Every time I clicked “book” and an email confirmation popped up on my phone, I felt an overwhelming rush of excitement that had me coming back for more. I began seeing the world as an endless pool of possibilities that I just couldn’t pass up.
I am not new to traveling, but I am more or less new to solo traveling. Living in solitude has shown me new sides of myself and I’m ready to take the lessons I have learned in the mountains with me to the cities. I wish I could take my favorite four-legged adventurer with me too. That said, my time in the mountains was only the first chapter in a book of adventure, it’s time to write chapter number two.
Are you a solo traveler? Any tips and/or advice are very much appreciated!