Gokyo, Nepal | image by Freddie Ridge
I would love to go to Nepal. I have a friend who spent a gap year teaching children how to speak and read English there.
I admire her for that, and only wish I could do something similar.
Maybe after college.
I can’t wait to go back to Cinque Terre and cliffdive from all of the random spots throughout the cities.
gahhh, next year better go by fast!
camping under the stars… who even needs a tent.
looks like the perfect night to ditch the tent, and take the sleeping bags outside and sleep under the stars.
Don’t get me wrong, tours like these are great for some people. Having the organized plan, and a group to take you from place to place, and set dates for all your travels may all be ideal to some people, but trips like these aren’t for me.
To me backpacking means traveling with a general plan, but also being ready just to pack up and leave on a whim. Who knows, I could get bored with the crazy city setting of Barcelona, and decide to leave a day early to travel to the coast to visit a small beach village, or even leave for the Highlands of Scotland.
Who knows the adventures waiting to happen? To me, organized trips, for example contiki, or others like it, are limiting my ability to fully experience the culture and people of the cities and countries I am visiting.
One thing I’m going to start doing is journaling where and why I want to go over the short period of my backpacking trip. There is no time to waste when you’re on such a short timeline, and I definitely want to make the most out of my experience.
I also need to figure out the best, and most convenient order of my travels.
Time to become very familiar with my new map of Europe hanging on my wall, and buy a few expo markers to start routing!