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Tips for Traveling Solo, by Caroline Burns - Cool Gear Blog
Three months ago, I decided to risk it all for the sake of travel. I had hit a rut – that “quarter life crisis” slump, which is apparently a thing. I hated my lack of self confidence, the nagging heartbreaks that happen post-college and felt I had lost my creative spark. I made a challenge to myself to be happier. I quit the grind of my full time job, stored all my belongings in my parent’s basement and booked a one way ticket to Europe. I put faith in the fact that all my savings and some loans would work themselves out, cried into wine glasses saying goodbye to my friends, family, and cat, and packed a scarily huge backpack of essentials. At the airport I sat at the gate repeating my mantra, “It’s happening. You’re traveling alone like you’ve always wanted to. It’s going to be life changing and totally cool. You’re a strong, independent woman. You got this.” I was beyond terrified. Ten weeks, ten countries, planes, trains, ferries, hostels, couches and millions of steps later, I feel more clear-headed, confident and overall so much happier about life and myself. There’s something about traveling alone that puts everything …