The world is your oyster | Solo Travelling

 Viewpoint Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

Viewpoint Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

Travelling to a different country is one of the most thrilling and privileged activity in my eyes. By visiting another country, you are entering a new world with a culture that may differ from yours. Can I ask you a question? When you are thinking about travelling, with whom do you pictured it with? The most people I know would tell me: “With friends of course.” To be honest, I would have said the same thing six months ago. But now, there is a big possibility that my answer is not the same as most people`s. My response to this question now is: “By myself.”

One and a half months ago, I had decided it was time to do something of my bucket list. And the first thing that came to my mind was: Solo travelling. Because it was kind of a spontaneous idea, I didn`t have enough money saved for a big trip to Australia, South America or Asia and I only had a full week to take advantage of too. But I still wanted to go away by any means necessary. So, I checked out all the cities in Europe I haven`t visited yet and picked the capital that tempted me the most with the attempt to immediately book the flight and hostel. The city that won was Lisbon.

 Viewpoint at Castelo de Sao Jorge

Viewpoint at Castelo de Sao Jorge

Seven nights and eight days alone in Lisbon. I didn`t know what to expect. Will it be amazing, or will I feel bored and lonely? Well, the moment came, and I landed in Lisbon end of July. My first mission was to get to my hostel, which was conveniently very central. After I arrived at the hostel I took a stroll through the city, bought dinner and ate it at la Placa de Comércio with an incredible view and live music in the background. The trip already started great in my eyes and the Lisboan feeling kept being greater throughout the days.  The following days I`ve meet super cool and interesting people from the hostel, free walking tours, parties and even by coincidence. But before I have crossed paths with these beautiful people, I needed to have the courage to step out alone, do my thing and trust that everything will be fine. And everything really went just fine.  

 On the rooftop of the museum of art, architecture and technology

On the rooftop of the museum of art, architecture and technology

 Palácio Nacional da Pena

Palácio Nacional da Pena

Self-discovery, sightseeing, eating, wine tasting, and partying sum up pretty much my first solo trip. The best part of the trip was the self-discovery I`ve made in those eight days. To be honest, I was mentally at a bad place before I took this trip. Relying on myself reminded me what I used to love and value about me as a human being in this world. And reflecting on the questions: What kind of person do I want to be? What do I want people to remember about me when I`m gone? And what makes me feel contend with myself when I look at the person in the mirror? One thing is for sure, I didn`t come back the same as I arrived in Lisbon. Which means Lisbon always will be near and dear to my heart.

So, when are you planning to do your solo trip? Have you ever even thought about travelling by yourself? If not, you should do it! I mean the world is your oyster, just waiting to be discovered by you 😉

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