Solo Travel: Why I Love Going Solo

Over the last year and a half, I have become very fond of solo travel. I have been on many solo trips to Paris, London, Munich, Vienna, Italy (Rome, Florence, Naples, Scotland, and more. As female solo traveler, I find power and freedom in going to places by myself. It is a rewarding feeling to know that I planned and put a holiday together by myself. This gives me confidence in believing that I can do anything in life that I want to accomplish.  Solo traveling makes me a stronger human.

I love going on trips by myself because I can promote more personal growth. Plus, allow myself to discover the world without other people affection my views on life. During my holidays, I don’t feel alone on my trips ever.  Because no matter where I have gone by myself, I have always met many people on my trips. When traveling by yourself, you are never truly alone. Some way you meet other fellow travellers on the road.

Safety is very important to me. When traveling alone, I always put my safety and well being at the top of my list. It’s all about using common sense. Bottom line is don’t leave your common sense  at home. I don’t put myself in unsafe situations. I take care of myself because I can on depend on myself while I am traveling by myself.

I love how I can focus on what I want to spend my time on in a city. If I want to go slow, I can take my time and enjoy what I want to see. There are times that I want to move fast and have an action packed day. When I was in Paris, during the November 2015 attacks, I had one day see what I could in Paris. I got up early and went out to see the major attractions of Paris. Plus, I saw the Eiffel Tower twice in that day. It was amazing. I hope to go back to Paris next spring, so I give the city of lights a proper chance. I enjoy creating the pace of how I will move and see things during my holiday.

I am hoping to spend another year in Spain and then move to Korea. I am running out on places to see in Europe. Don’t get me wrong I love Europe and living here. However, I want to see other parts of the world and allow myself time to see new cultures and learn a new language.  While I am in Korea, I want to go to Japan, India, China, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and more a few other places.  For places like India, China, and Thailand I will go on a group tour so I can be safe.  I want to experience life, be happy, and travel.

2016: Making the Impossible Happen

There are about 18 days left of 2015 and it’s time for me to start thinking about what I want accomplish and do in the coming new year. In the new year, I want to apply to some doctoral programmes back in the U.S. I want to specialise in international education. Also,  I need to take the GRE this coming year. Most applications are due in early December of 2016.  Applying to doctoral programmes is the biggest item on the docket for 2016. As long as I apply myself, I can accomplish this goal without any issue.

In 2016, I want finish my travel list for Europe. I am applying to some different auxiliary programmes, so I can continue to stay in Madrid for another year or two.  This year I will be turning 30rd years old and I really don’t have anything special planned for this milestone birthday. I believe if I get into a doctoral programme, travel and live in Europe, and just live a happy life. I think I am doing well for someone being 30rd years old.

My travel list for 2016:

  • Scandinavia: Copenhagen Denmark, Stockholm Sweden, and Oslo Norway,
  • Morocco
  • Italy: Milan and Venice
  • Spain: Canary Islands
  • Multi Country: Istanbul Turkey and Athens Greece
  • Multi Country: Amsterdam Netherlands  and Brussels Belgium

 

Joyfulness

I don’t know to describe the emotions that flood me. I’ve been living in Madrid for nearly 90 days and happy. I am living in Madrid and living a dream that I’ve had for years. I’ve not been happy like this in years. I know that I can’t stay here forever. I’ve excepted this fact. It’s all about enjoying the time I a have here. That’s all I can do. It’s a gift to live here and travel around Europe.

XOXO Chelsea

Why Living on Your Own in a Foreign Country is the Best

I spent most of my college days living at my dad’s place. So many people got on my case for my choice to stay at home during college. I personal think staying at home during college is not a bad idea. My dad is a relaxed parent and everything worked out for me. I had a free place to stay. I didn’t have to work and worry about bills. I could focus on my studies.

I finished a bachelors and masters by staying home. Now I am on my own living in Madrid, Spain, 5,000 miles away from Texas. I am living my dream of living in Europe! I sacrificed living on my own at an early age to make sure I finished school and to allow me the chance to do what I wanted to do with my life.

Moving to Madrid was one of the best choices I made in my life. Why? I believe moving to a Non-English speaking country made me improve my Spanish, break barriers, overcome fears, meet new people, discover more about myself, independent, and improve my confidence. I had to find a flat on my own speaking sad broken Spanish! I got a flat in just 9 days after landing in Madrid. I successfully opened a bank account! I had to visit a Spanish only speaking doctor for medical help. I had to make new friends.

I’ve learned how to accept another type of society and culture into my daily life.  I am living in a place with different customs and traditions from the ones in the USA, I had to be accept and be open to Spain’s customs and culture. .

The most significant effect of living away from home is the independent behavior that grows inside of you. Living on your own far from home gives you a lot of experiences toward organizing your life. Since it’s just you,   no one else to help you.  You develop a good and strong meaning of responsibility. Being independent and responsible will help you get through life every goal you want to achieve.

We have to remember that all changes are difficult, but they are necessary to go through them to build character. Most important of all, it helps us appreciate everything we have. Not realizing how lucky we are can be a really bad mistake because things don’t last forever and we have to make the best out of them.

My 15 Discoveries: Living Abroad for Nearly 90 Days

1. Being separated from my home and the familiar has allowed me to spring clean my life. I’ve flushed all the negative out of my life and allowed myself to have a new life.

2. I’ve accepted that life is constantly moving and changing. I’ve accepted that most things and people in life are just passing through my life. I am learning the right balance between bonding and letting go.

3. I am improving my Spanish one day at a time. I’ve become better at listen and understanding Spanish on the streets. My vocabulary has expanded a lot. In the past, 2 months I’ve been to the ER 2x’s and a Bone Specialist all together 3x’s. I’ve communicated in sad broken Spanish, but I’ve been successful in getting what I need treated. Plus, medical terms in Spanish are very similar to English. I think I’ve faced one of my worst fears as in seeing a doctor that didn’t speak English.

4. I don’t look so far into the future. I focus on the present and what is taken place in front of me.

5. I am a much simpler person now. I brought 2 luggage bags and a duffle bag with me from home. I’ve realized that you don’t need that much to live and make it through life. I now live out of my 2 luggage bags and duffle bag. Yes. I have a Louis Vuitton back in Texas, but that bag does not mean the world to me. Living in Europe, experiencing life, and traveling abroad means more to me than a high end designer bag. Yes. I love high end designer bags like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and Prada; however, experiencing  life overseas is more valuable to me. I can always get another bag, but I can’t experience an amazing moment more than once.

6. I’ve learned there are times that you really need to reach out and ask for help. I’ve asked for help for different things such as a coworker calling my health insurance for a reference code, getting a translation, or my boss going to the doctor to help translate what I want the doctor to know. I may not be fluent in Spanish, but I’ve accepted that there are times when you need help from others.

7. Being patient in life. Spain’s system on how things are done is approached at a slower pace. I’ve learned that when something crazy happens breathe and look at the overall picture.

8. At the end of the day everything will work out and life will be okay. In the end, everything will come together. Focus on what need’s to be done.  =) These are words coming a spaz.

9. There’s nothing wrong with going out by yourself and enjoying the day.

10. You are in control of your life and how you feel. Make the best of what you got and smile.

11. Living in a foreign country makes you get out of comfort zone and experience life in new ways.

12. No matter where you go you will find to people to become friends with. I’ve met so many interesting people in the last 90 days.

13. Skype is the greatest invention ever! I can keep in touch with people without an issue other than a timezone difference.

14. My life has become the unfamiliar, but I am excited for this change in my life.  I don’t know where I will be next or living 10 years from now. I want to live overseas for a while. I am happy. I don’t want to live in Austin, Texas, ever again.

15. I have a strong lust for living and traveling abroad.

Rebirth: Why I Will Never Live in Austin Again

I’ve spent most of my life in Austin, Texas. I moved out of Austin at age of 28. I don’t plan on moving back. I finally got myself free from negative energy that was sucking me dry. The negative energy I am talking about are people who I should have never been around. I couldn’t hide in Austin because the city is so small and there was no escape. I moved 5,000 miles away from home and have experienced the personal growth and change I’ve been wanting and lacking. In Madrid, I am mental stimulated again and able to think clearly without the influence of negative energies. I’ve been allowed to shed my old skin for a new skin. It’s a second chance.  I have too many scares and memories in Austin that I want to forget. I want to move on and reinvent myself. I am not running from my past. I am allowing myself a new start without the negative energy effecting my daily life.  After Spain, I am looking to join the Peace Corps for a 2 year term. I want to just live and travel aboard for the next few years. I want to relocate to Seattle by my mid to late 30s.  I am never moving back to Austin, but I will visit the Live Music Capital of the World.

Mañana: The Spanish Philosophy of Life

I have always been stressed and worried about something in life. Either I’ve been worried about what others think about me or how an action I choose will effect me in the future.  I am a chronic worrier and have a bad case of anxiety. I have taken on the Spanish philosophy on life. In Spanish, mañana means “tomorrow.” Everything will come together, but you still need to be proactive about getting stuff done. I am relaxed and easy going because of my new home. 

In Spain, life is slower and easy going. Spaniards look at getting something done when they get around to the task. Spanish philosophy is looking at a task with ease. If the task is not completed today, there is always tomorrow. This slower approach to life has made me slow down and not stress at an unnecessary level of stress. Yes!!! I’ve been stressed out about different things, but I’ve been able to manage my stress.

  • Finding my way to a new place
  • Speaking sad Spanish to communicate to with a Spaniard
  • Money
  • Opening a bank account
  • Getting a residential card
  • Finding a piso (apartment)
  • Dealing with awful landlord who doesn’t care about his tenants
  • Making new friends
  • Affairs back in the USA

I am in Spain where siestas, 2 hour long lunches, and philosophy of enjoying life as it comes are number one. I’ve adopted Spanish philosophy into my life and have noticed a change in my stress and worry levels. In the end of the day, everything works out. I’ve been through a lot the last 30 days, but I wouldn’t want my life any other way. I love my life here. I am in love with Spanish philosophy on life. I am proud of how I am finally not worrying so much about elements in my life I don’t have control over. There are issues in the US I have no control over. Being in Spain does not mean that I don’t care about affairs back home. I’ve just put those worries on the back burner. Mañana! I am going to live my life and enjoy my time in Spain. I am not going to dwell on things I don’t have control on or that are not my fault. I am in BLOODLY SPAIN!!! I am going to enjoy my new city and life as it comes. I am not going to worry what others think of me. I am going to love life and take it as comes.