One year ago today I was hanging out in London, England on day three of my big solo two and a half month Eurotrip. Going alone was scary. Especially because I hadn’t done a big backpacking trip before, but if I’ve learned anything it’s that you shouldn’t let a bit of fear drag you down, because the best can come out of it.
In light of thinking about my travels I thought I would share five of my favourite memories and spots while I was flailing around Europe.
1) Food Market – Barcelona, Spain
This was not only one of my favourite markets, it was one of the best meals I had. The market is insane – people running around, yelling Spanish words I couldn’t understand but an incredible place to be. That plate of mushrooms you see down there, I’ll be craving them for the rest of my life.
2) The Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France
I didn’t go up the Eiffel Tower. I’m sure it would have been great, but I also thought I could get views of Paris in other ways. Compared to the Eiffel Tower, it’s pretty cheap to go up the Arc de Triomphe (10 Euros if I remember correctly). I didn’t want to go down after I was at the top – it was simply stunning.
3) Croatia – All of it
If you’re in Europe, try as hard as you can to make it to Croatia. Their tourism has skyrocketed in the past years and there’s a good reason for it. It’s cheap, beautiful and the locals are surprisingly nice. The national parks (specifically the Plitvice Lakes), views and beaches are what stand out. If you love fresh figs like I do, they hang off the trees there. It’s a fig-lovers paradise.
4) Jumping off boats – Corfu, Greece
This was just too much fun not to put in the list. We went on a boat tour around the island stopping for lunch and in random spots to jump off the boat. Oh, and there were drinks available for 1 Euro. Yes, just 1 Euro. If you’re in Greece and on one of the islands, I would highly recommend looking into a day trip on a boat.
5) This view – Switzerland
I’m going to be honest, I can’t remember exactly where this is since I was on a bus heading to my next destination. What I can tell you though, is I had one of those ‘aha’ moments when I saw this. Switzerland in general has incredible views like this. This one however, is why I love to travel and inspire people to take that leap of faith.