How I ended up going on holiday with a complete stranger
It all began one day in December. I’d had my last trip of the year, it was cold and horrible in London and the festive anxiety had started to set in again. I spend the evening crying to my mum about how much I wanted to travel in 2017 (I actually ended up doing the same thing last night) but I didn’t even know where to start, neither of us did. Even though it was what I wanted to do, I was scared about going anywhere without Andrew, not staying in a 5* hotel and having to use the public transport - I just couldn’t see how I was going to do it, my big dream of travelling just seemed impossible.
I went to work the next day feeling just as sad, I had another little cry at lunch but pulled myself together for an arrangement that evening. I’d been invited to a travel meet up, just some girls who were all on their travels but in London that evening. Some were working here, some were studying here and some had just arrived that morning so I was looking forward to chatting to people who were already living my dream and getting some advice from people who know more about this whole thing that I do.
Obviously I told them my worries and they had so much encouragement and useful information for me. Then, one girl, Selena then said she was going away that weekend and that I should come with. As per usual, I said yeah sure but this time something was different, I actually meant it. This was the push I needed to try out this travelling thing. Turns out the flights were all booked up that weekend and with Christmas around the corner, I dropped her a message saying I’m not free until 7th Jan now and conceded that it wasn’t going to happen and I should just forget about it. Four minutes later I got a reply saying “shall we just book that then?”
So, last weekend, that’s what we did. We got on a plane to Gdansk, and then a train. Checked into a hostel and explored a town together. Not only was I fine with all those silly things that I had worried about, but I was fine with doing them whilst it was -10 degrees (not to mention that I was with a bit of a travel beast. Selena met me at the airport just a couple of hours after returning from her trip driving around Ireland in a Go Car Hire she rented on her own; shes crazy!) W. We did a walking tour of the town, went shopping and ate traditional polish food for dinner. It was a sweeping weekend, being back in time for work on Monday morning but it was loads of fun!
So there it it. The story of how I grabbed an opportunity to travel (albeit a small one) with both hands; and now travelling has taken over. It's all I think about and I plan to travel more than ever in 2017!