40 days till Europe
Smithtown, New York
Tonight I decided to start a travel blog to document the adventure I will be embarking on in just 40 short days. So let me start from where this all began.
During October of 2010 I took a short trip to Europe. The fact that the trip actually happened was a miracle in itself, but that's a whole nother story. Anyhow, during this trip I visited Venice, Italy. One of my days in Venice my mother and I decided to go on a boat tour. It was on this boat tour I met a girl around my age. I quickly learned she was from Australia and had been backpacking through Europe for several weeks, both with a friend and solo. She had been traveling with a company called BusAbout. She told me it was rather common for Australians in their twenties to take extended holidays (6+ weeks) in Europe traveling alone. Not quite the American way in my opinion. Honestly, at that point in my life I wouldn't dare see a movie alone much less travel to numerous foreign countries for weeks at a time. Nonetheless, I was intrigued that a girl just like me was so fearless and driven. Sadly, I don't remember this girls name and if I saw her again I'm sure I would not recognize her face, but I do remember her story, and I remember the way I felt. I pulled out my cell phone and typed in the words BusAbout Europe in a memo. It was in that moment, on that boat, in Venice, that I decided I too would backpack through Europe even if I had to do it alone.
Now almost 2 years later my dream is 40 days away from becoming a reality. Now I will be that fearless, driven girl.
My trip will consist of 77 days, 8 countries, 18+ cities! Bring it Europe!!!
Until next time...