It’s exactly three years since I embarked on my first solo trip. Barely into my 19th year of life, I jetted off to the other side of the world for an adventure of a lifetime. It surprised myself and everyone else around me. I was doing this.
The 12 weeks I spent exploring the East Coast of Australia was without a doubt the best time of my life and I fully believe that everyone should take a solo trip at least once in their lives.
The independence you’ll gain is phenomenal. I gained so much more confidence from having to navigate myself from A to B, live in hostel rooms with up to 10 occupants and just generally meeting new people every day.
You’ll learn how to budget. 20 cent noodles will become your best friend. When you return home, you’ll find yourself saving the pennies rather than buying that oh-so-sought-after ASOS dress.
You’ll make friends for life. Years later, you’ll still be in touch via Facebook, dreaming up your next trip together.
You’ll find your sense of adventure. Before you know it, you’ll be bungee jumping in New Zealand and booking yourself a surprise trip where you’ll find out the destination at the airport.
But best of all, you’ll believe in yourself. You’ve spent X amount of time travelling, exploring, learning. You can do anything.
This is my entry for the Surprise Trips competiton, where you can win a trip to any of 77 surprise destinations. #sp