I’ve just completed five weeks of traveling on my own. Navigating transportation, staying in hostels, and, of course, seeing the sites. It was a crazy adventure and I’m telling you to do it; but not because it was all fun and laughter. Sure, there was some, but I grew the most from the moments I felt the worst.
I traveled from Glasgow to Alnwick, Durham, Stratford-Upon-Avon, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki, and Oslo. I saw so many wonderful things and had some incredible experiences, but it was also a lot harder than I thought it would be. I am a bit of a loner usually, I don’t mind being on my own. The first thing I learned about myself was sometimes, I need someone else to make a few decisions for me. I got extremely tired of deciding where I would eat in the evenings. But now I’m a lot closer to knowing where the line is for me between being alone and having a companion.
The second thing I learned is that I really need a routine. Waking up every day and having to plan what I would do, where I would eat, etc etc etc, was fun the first two weeks but got super exhausting.
Feeling depressed and tired but still being able to go see all the things I wanted to was a really big win for me. I learned a lot in my time on my own and I’m grateful that I had the experience; though I don’t think I will do another five week solo trip.
My hostel in Stockholm, when I was really starting to feel it, had a sign in the bathroom with the quote:
“An easy life doesn’t teach us anything. In the end it’s the learning that matters; what we have learned and how we have grown.” ~Richard Bach “One”
Claire Davis graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City studied Liberal Arts with minors in Theatre and Environmental Sustainability. Claire spent Summer 2017 finishing her degree with the UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland.
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