How I Started Traveling the World
It sounds like a dream right? Traveling the world, seeing new places, meeting new people, getting lost in other cultures, it's an experience unlike any other. But how do you start? Where do you go? What do you do?
I began solo traveling in September of 2014. I was still in college, I was broke, and looking for a way to change my life, and decided to take a trip around Europe.
Studying in Manchester, UK, I began going out every weekend on trips to mainland Europe. Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, and on and on and on. Travel got into my blood, into my soul, it was all I wanted to do. I didn't care that I was staying in packed hostels for $10 a night, that I was scraping together money for food, and staying with random strangers on their couches. It was becoming who I was in my soul.
After 6 months of "studying" (I put this in quotes because I actually only had class 3 days a weeks with 4 day weekends every week) at The University of Manchester, I knew I had to continue my travels, so I decided to buy a domain and start blogging professionally.
And then it began, I started getting messages and emails about writing stories, from people who were following the blog. They sent me words of encouragement, and asked for more stories. My stories and posts began showing up on other websites, from other writers, I began getting interviews with other bloggers, and even having professional organizations contacting me about stories!
It was a whirlwind, it happened so fast I barely knew what was going on. I updated my website, began writing more, and began re-posting my stories to gain more traffic. All this from a basic travel blog that began while I was drinking and wandering my way around Europe.
My unique perspective and stories allowed me to tap into an audience looking for cool and creative travel stories, and it gave me the ability to stand out from the rest. Whether it was walking 10 miles like a nomad in Barcelona, or staying in a cabin in the woods during a snowstorm in Venice, the experiences I had was unlike those of most others.
So how do you do it? Well, truth be told you just kind of do. You just go. You buy a ticket somewhere and go, on your own, with an open mind and open heart. That's the best advice I can give: just GO!