The Backpacking Diaries #3 Southern Iceland

Back and better than ever with entry #3! This one’s juicy, guys. Pop some popcorn and relax. I’m about to take you on the rollercoaster that is my last 24 hours.

8/18/19 The Blue Lagoon… expensive, yet cool as hell. If I’m being completely honest, I was starting to feel pretty lonely over here. It’s so frustrating being ~sad on vacation~ because all I want to do is be making the most of every second. Unfortunately, I was feeling a little (no pun intended) blue. I miss my people. It’s only been FIVE days.

I bit the bullet and splurged on this excursion because I was hoping it’d get my mind off of the FOMO I’m experiencing and, spoiler alert, it did.

As one does on a solo trip, I prompted the closest Millennial and asked if they’d photo shoot me. I’m talking 25+ photos, not just a one and done. As you can see I got some killer shots, but more importantly, I made an incredible lifelong friend. Gabby, or Rhino as her friends and now myself call her, invited me on a 30+ hours road trip along the southern coast of Iceland. I told her, “I will do that.” And that’s what I like to call staying on brand.

We traded stories of our travels and especially bonded over our love for trying to become sustainable humans (#minimalism) while we pulled over at every slightly pretty view along the way. Our first destination was the Gullfoss Waterfall. I have upwards of 500 photos & videos to sort through…I don’t wanna talk about how much I’m dreading having to decide what stays and what goes.

By the time we’d reached the next three waterfalls, we’d started naming our future podcast. The only thing, if I recall correctly, was that we’d stay on the topic of backpacking and our love for Shawn Mendes. But come on, any podcast where the hostesses names are Scout & Rhino has to be great.

As if it wasn’t enough of a special day, it was Rhino’s 24th birthday! Our celebrations went as follows; buy grocery store brownies, save the one unopened beer we had collectively, and find the beach before sunset. She blew out my lighter flame in lieu of a candle after I finished the pitchiest rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

8/19/19 – In order to have optimal exploring time, we parked the rental car along the Blackstone beach and knocked out. It was 100% worth it. As it goes, Rhino had a flight later in the afternoon, but we were far from done with Iceland.

Some highlights of our adventures involved picking up hitchhikers. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad bit nervous about the idea, but wow, am I glad we did. The couple we scooped were the most down to Earth people full of super helpful travel tips. We also forced them to take a selfie with us, because otherwise it didn’t happen.

Rhino & I also made a fellow female solo travel friend at one of the hot springs! We ALWAYS support (and photoshoot) those traveling solo, and I’m so glad our new friend Cierra had decided it was time she left the US for the first time, and what better way to do so than on her own? I, for one, stan.

Until next time! I’ll seeya when I seeya!

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