Pre-Europe Trip Thoughts

I definitely need to update this bad boy more often, and shall be doing so from now on, since I’ve got exciting things ahead of me that I’ll surely want to document!

It’s currently 12:15AM on Friday – Always end up doing things at the night, when I finally feel like doing something productive – and tomorrow, I’m off to Europe! I’m off there for 2 months, visiting my home city of London, along with visiting family in Manchester, friends in Stockholm and exploring Paris. Then on my way back to NZ I’ll be stopping off in Orlando for 2 weeks to explore theme parks!


As I write this, it all just sounds like a nice idea, something I’d like to do. It hasn’t hit me yet that it’s a reality, it’s going to happen – and soon! I’ve waited months for this trip, working away at the local cake store to save up for this awesome adventure. I’ve thought about all the crazy fun things that could happen on my trip, fantasised about it as I cleaned sticky residue off of work benches, and sold cake to disgruntled customers. It’s been what this whole year has been leading to, and for it to now be nearly time to get on the plane and set off, all feels a bit surreal.

People keep asking me if I’m excited, and I can’t say I am. It still feels like a fantasy to me. As soon as I get on that plane – my first time traveling alone – I’ll probably combust. All the excitement will hit me at once, and I’ll be this jittery mess on my 13 hour flight to Los Angeles. But let’s hope I’m more composed than that.

This trip will be life changing. First time traveling alone, first time staying in hostels abroad, first time back to England since I moved to NZ 8 years ago, first time going to Sweden, first time paying for everything! It’s a lot of firsts, and will force me to grow, learn and change. It’s the experience I think I need. I’m very dependent on those around me, I’m used to people buying things for me, figuring out how to get to places, entertaining me, helping me when I face an issue. But over the next 2 months I will face this things alone, and I will have to figure out what to do if I get lost in Paris, if I miss a flight, if I lose a passport, all these crazy possibilities. It’ll be an adventure!

It’s been a long time coming, and finally I’m off on this awesome adventure, ready to vlog, film and photograph it to share and document online. Bring on Saturday!

Ryan Lamont


About @RyanLamont

A British boy who calls New Zealand home, with a passion for online video, social media and writing.
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