Planning to Backpack Through Europe

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It’s hard to believe that there’s less than two months to go until my college career comes to a close. On another note, it’s also hard to believe that I’ll be going to Europe in less than three months. It’s not like I haven’t been abroad before… I actually went to Europe way back when (middle school). Admittedly, I have the memory of a goldfish, but I remember the impressions little moments had on me and the feeling of being hungry for more as soon as I returned. When I tell people now that, no, I’ve been abroad before, and no, I wasn’t homesick even though I was a kid, it surprises them (well, some). I truly think there’s something about traveling that makes me feel alive; it’s how I know wanderlust is real, and how I realize now that I’m a dreamer. And not in the same way as the empty cliché goes, but in the way that I’m probably more unrealistic in my ambitions that I choose to believe, and that my bucket list of things I’m set on accomplishing before it’s too late is a requirement.

It’s not like I haven’t been abroad before… I actually went to Europe way back when (middle school). Admittedly, I have the memory of a goldfish, but I remember the impressions little moments had on me and the feeling of being hungry for more as soon as I returned. When I tell people now that, no, I’ve been abroad before, and no, I wasn’t homesick even though I was a kid, it surprises them (well, some). I truly think there’s something about traveling that makes me feel alive; it’s how I know wanderlust is real, and how I realize now that I’m a dreamer. And not in the same way as the empty cliché goes, but in the way that I’m probably more unrealistic in my ambitions that I choose to believe, and that my bucket list of things I’m set on accomplishing before it’s too late is a requirement.

We’re deep into our third country now, but still on the hunt for budget-friendly yet convenient air bnbs to house six and tourist traps and hidden gems to hit while we can. The planner in me is panicking at the fact that we’re running out of time and growing busier by the days, but I’m comforted my travel companions proactivity (!!!) and agreeability (although part of it may be the small wall of formality that’s yet to be broken).

While I’m stressed about uncertainties, I think that the anticipation is the greatest peak of excitement. It’s when I think I’m the most hopeful and optimistic, and eager to seize all of the new opportunities I can dream of.