When I started traveling, I knew it in my heart that one day I will be able to pay for my own passage to Europe and live it like a dream. This trip was a lot like that. Call it building ground up, if you will!
I read pages and pages on Google until I nailed the visa application process down to the last letter. I worked long, unrelenting hours so that I didn’t have to scrape through the bottom on my trip. I promised myself, that if this is a budget trip, it sure as hell wont be shoestring, and it wasn’t.
Planning a solo trip out of India is like thrusting yourself beyond your comfort zone. I wanted to keep an open mind so I threw planning out the window and took it as it came. My experience taught me a lot, the good and the bad. A month long travel alone may have taught me the tricks of getting backpacking right, but it was also enough for my European bubble to burst. In that instant, my love-hate relationship with this mesmerizing continent began. While this list is mostly personal experience, I believe that most travelers will relate to it, one way or another.
The things I loved and hated about Europe:
Quintessential European Summers