february 5: backpacking begins!
For years, I had always known that I wanted to backpack around the world at some point in the semi-near future. Post-living in London for an extended period of time, that feeling only became stronger and stronger. After an incredible year in San Francisco with the most amazing people, I decided the 2017 would be the year of my backpacking adventure! And with that, off I went on my semi-planned, mostly-winged travels.
Although this had been my dream forever, it was not until I landed in Lisbon that it became real. As someone who struggles daily with anxiety, it was at an all-time high and my first thought as I roamed the streets of Portugal alone with six months of belongings on my back was "how did I get here?!" This was definitely not what I was expecting to feel and then I felt anxious for being anxious and guilty as I was so grateful to be having this experience. It was a great learning for me and great practice in self-love and patience in the unknown feelings/thoughts I was about to encounter.
Once I checked into the hostel, started meeting people and walked around the streets that reminded me so much of San Francisco, I felt much better and even at home. I felt so free to not have a plan and discover the unknown and so empowered to learn the language, figure things out on my own and put myself out there. Although I have traveled alone before, it was for short amounts of time so as soon as I began to let go and be present, it hit me how incredible this journey will be.
I am so excited to share my journeys with you!!! Thank you so much for following along.