Hello loyal Scout’s Journey followers!
Today I’m starting a new segment that I like to call The Backpacking Diaries. As often as I can, I’ll be recapping my adventures through photos, videos, and (of course), incredibly unfunny blogs throughout my 90-day travels in Europe. Not one soul asked me to do this, but by god, I’m doing it anyways.
Without further ado: Entry #1
I’m a firm believer that no one, not even your mom, cares when you have flight troubles. We’ve all had our fair share of twitter fights with an airline before, and with that being said, I’m going to make the details regarding my flight debacle ABAP (as brief as possible).
Yesterday, August 15th, was set to be my start date for my 90-day backpacking bonanza. Not sure why I just referred to it as that, and I will make a mental note to never do it again. Due to weather troubles, I would have missed my connection, thus I was rebooked for the next day out. With the extra 24-hours I had in Charleston I spent them doing hood-rat things with my idiot friends. I’ll spare you the details.
This morning I had butterflies, but not necessarily the good kind. (Mom, don’t worry, I’m fine). When it comes down to it, traveling solo as a woman is extremely daunting. I love being by myself and especially traveling by myself for a number of reasons, but I can’t help but think how much easier it is for a man. Let me hop down from my soap box before I get too political.
My Lyft driver, we’ll call him Henry, helped calm my nerves. As it turns out he’d road tripped the states solo when he was 18. Helluva guy. Hearing other people speak so highly of their own solo travel experiences makes all my qualms disappear. Henry also told me that if something doesn’t scare you, it probably isn’t worth doing. I wonder if Henry is single because someone needs to cuff him.
The flight from Dallas to Iceland was quick and easy. Humble brag: I weaseled my way into a window seat for not one but two flights. Also I was airdropped this selfie mid flight and felt it needed to be shared. #ShortKingsOnly
I’ve been dabbling with the app Couchsurfing while still in the states. For a while it’s been on my bucket list to try. It’s one of those things that sounds scary, but once you do it I’m sure it’s a worthwhile experience. For those that aren’t familiar, Couchsurfing is an app that connects fellow travelers. They do help you find places to sleep for free, but they also can help you find travel friends along the way through hangout groups. So far, I’ve been connecting with a few Icelandic travel folks through the app. One of my new friends, Simon, is from Germany. Simon told me all about his home in the Black Forest of Germany, and how his father has a small plane that he flies above their home. I soon told Simon that I was booking a ticket to Germany. Updates to come on that front.
During these next 90 days, I really want to dive into my blog content. Even though I’ve been writing through this medium since April of 2017 I still have no idea what is going on. Finding direction hasn’t always been my strong suit, and the blog, unfortunately, has the same issue. I love writing guides, and I have a few packing posts that are in the works. These blogs are mostly for myself, but I’d love to hear what my readers want from me. Do me a favor and leave me a comment about what you’d like to see more of, be it on here or my Instagram.
Thanks for reading! And I’ll seeya when I seeya.