From Eastern Europe to Our Little Island

As I write this post, I am sat at work, once again trawling through email after email and wondering why I continue to subject myself to this kind of torture when there’s a whole giant world out there filled with wonderful and diverse people.

To say my latest trip, my first solo venture, inspired me is an understatement. Hearing the stories of my fellow travelers was simply fascinating, and it made me hunger for even more.

Landing in Budapest on Sunday night, I was filled with anticipation, and I spent the entirety of the next day exploring the beautiful city. There is so much to see and do in Budapest, whether you like to indulge in rich history or kick back in the thermal baths. The day was great fun and I felt proud of how much I achieved, but then when it came to the evening, things did get kind of lonely. Now I’ve done it, I’m all for going solo, but the better alternative if you don’t have a partner to explore with is to do what I did, and join a larger group.

I saw some great things while I was away, but the memories that stick most in my mind and the thing that really made my trip was meeting all the other people. I’m the quiet type, who doesn’t really leave her comfort zone, but fitting in with these people just came so easily, so naturally, and it’s really helped to boost my confidence and self-belief that I can make a change.

I need to let go of the past and look to the future. Just because I had it rough in my formative years doesn’t mean I have to keep beating myself up. This trip helped me to learn that, to begin digging into who I am and who I ultimately want to be. I want to be the adventurous, free spirit type, but I never thought I could ever be capable of such a thing. I’m still not quite there, but I’m taking steps in the right direction. I didn’t think I could do it because I told myself I couldn’t do it, but I’ve just proved that that was all nonsense. I can do it, and I will do it again. I will try new things and reach my goals – after a good rest, at least.

You can read all about my travels over at my other blog:

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