It’s been a month since I arrived in the United Kingdom – my first time in my home country since I moved to New Zealand 7 years ago. During the past month I’ve visited England, Wales, Sweden and France and I travelled alone, for the first time, to London, Stockholm and Paris.
The past month has been a life changing rollercoaster. I’ve had immense highs, and immense lows. I’ve been alone in a foreign country, not being able to speak the language. I’ve walked around cities I’ve never explored before. I’ve met some amazing people, and some horrible people. I’ve learnt lessons you can only learn by getting out of your comfort zone, and I feel like I’ve grown as a person.
This past month has been hugely important for my growth as a person. I’ve learnt so many lessons – hard lessons – but lessons that will help me so much in life. People keep telling me that the best time to travel is when you’re young, and it’s best to go alone. I believe this. Traveling alone forces you to interact with and meet new people, it opens you up to new possibilities, it allows you to follow your own thoughts and desires without compromise, romantic opportunities are more likely when traveling alone and you feel more accomplished when achieving things alone.
This past month of travel has made me want to set off and travel again soon. I would love to visit Denmark, as a sort of fairytale pilgrimage (since I love Hans Christian Andersen and The Little Mermaid), Norway looks beautiful (Very fairytale-like too), Italy would be amazing (Italians have been the nicest people I’ve met on my travels), Czech Republic has some beautiful buildings and I have a friend who lives there, then there’s Greece with all that ancient culture that I’d love to experience! There’s a wee variety in my list, so I think it would make a great wee trip someday. But I think when I return to New Zealand in a month’s time the first thing I’ll need to do is find a job to start saving. Ah money, always so essential..