After my Seattle/Vancouver trip in August, I took a travel break. I wanted to spend time in Chicago, see my friends and try dating. Two of these things happened with good results.
But after a seven month break and a few work-related trips, I’m hitting the road again, solo-travel style.
And rather than take a trip in the states to get my feet wet again, I’m heaving myself in the deep end by heading back overseas.
That’s right, Charles De Gaulle, aka Paris.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. My seven month personal travel break made feel safe and comfortable again, and I feel like I lost some of my adventurer nerve.
But as much as I love Chicago, I need a vacation…badly.
I need a break from life and work here. I need a change of scenery so I can clear my mind.
I love solo travel because of the freedom it allows, but it is also lonely at times.
To combat this, I took a friend’s advice and started journaling on my larger trips. I write in it as if I’m talking to a friend, telling them what I see, do and experience each day. I wrote in one for my Italy trip, starting from the day before I left. The journal holds my fears, joys, lists of what I saw and history I learned.
At times, the journal became a like a travel companion. It went with me everywhere and was updated multiple times a day.
And now that I’m hitting the road again, my new journal just arrived and I cannot wait to start writing in it.
So I’m off on the road again. But I’ll be back soon with updates from Paris and my super crazy decision to attend a work function in New York right after. But, um, it’s for Mad Men, so it was an easy decision :)
Any upcoming travels for you?