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I’m Going to Europe…By Myself!

In case you don’t already know (aka, if you don’t follow me on social media), let me tell everyone, again:

I’M GOING TO EUROPE, SOLO!

This has been a dream of mine. I recently found an old journal of mine from 10 years ago, and an entry read,”

“One day I will travel the world and see the places I dream about, write about, and read about.” ~ 19 year old Tiffiny

It’s 2015. Solo travel is not as daunting as it once with, with the presence everyone can have online. There are so many options for affordable, safe travel, like Couchsurfing and Airbnb (<–click this link and get $25 off your 1st booking!), in addition to the popular social media channels everyone uses.

So, to answer an FAQ about my upcoming trip to Europe: am I nervous about traveling alone? Nope. Not in Europe. I travel around the U.S. by myself, and from research and asking other females, Europe is just as safe/safer.

What are my plans? 

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As I type this post, I am in Golden, CO. I’ve lived in Colorado for the last year and a half, but will be relocating my “stuff,” to Texas while I am gone, so I don’t have to pay rent while I am gone . My two cats, Wizard and Howl, will be staying with my ever-so-kind little sister.

I’ll hang out in Texas for the month of August, saving money, seeing friends and family, and working on an assignment for another online travel publication about things to do in Texas (more on that later). Are you in Texas? Leave a comment with your email so we can meet up!

I’m planning to drive up to Boston at the end of August, to fly out to Iceland (airfare was only $250 from Logan Airport!)

Here are my plans:

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

This will be my second time in Iceland, and I am excited to visit Reykjavik again. In 2012, Iceland was the first time I ventured outside the U.S. and now that I’ve been to a few other places, have experienced lots of solo travel here in Colorado, I hope to feel more like I know what I am doing and see some more beauty. I also plan to visit THE best place to get some lobster bisque in Reykjavik: The Sea Baron. Oh my gosh. I can still taste it!

I will be staying at The Bus Hostel, and I’m hoping to meet some other travelers who might want to venture north to Westfjords. I saw southern Iceland in 2012, by way of The Golden Circle tour, and this time I want to go north – consequently, it will be the farthest north I have ever traveled! I can’t wait!

2. Bergen, Norway

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I am SO excited to visit Bergen. I plan to hike Trolltunga, kayak, enjoy some amazing food, and take in the beautiful scenery. I am trying to take the first leg of my trip nice and easy, not making too many plans. I’ll have plenty of chances to enjoy the hustle and bustle of European cities once I reach the mainland.

3. Stockholm, Sweden10532827625_de589759b5_b

Before I decided to quit college, I was studying English Literature and Medieval History/Literature. So, of course, I am going to visit the Medieval History museum in Stockholm. I also want to visit the Vasa Museum to see the only preserved ship from the 17th century – which looks like something out of The Little Mermaid.

There are some interesting hostels to stay at in Stockholm, including a prison and a plane. I definitely have to pick something interesting!

Stockholm Old Town is also on my list, as is eating Swedish cuisine, and again, just enjoying myself and taking it all in.

4. Helsinki, Finland

 

From what I can tell, Helsinki is a rather large, busy city. I will probably do a lot of roaming around Helsinki, see the Suomenlinna Fortress, go on a day cruise around the Baltic Sea, and again, eat lots of Finnish food! I’m pretty good at not being bored in large cities.

5. Denmark

From Helsinki, I will fly into Copenhagen, and will then catch a train to Tønder to visit my good friends at ECCO HQ! I’ll spend a day in Tonder, and then work my way down into mainland Europe, or possibly go back to Copenhagen to explore the city. Tondern,_Fussgaengerzone

6. ?????

I have not planned past Denmark, but have a long list of places I want to see! I will buy a train pass and explore as much of mainland Europe as possible in September, while working (one way I’m able to afford this is by becoming a digital nomad and not stopping my work while abroad. My clients are all amazing and are 100% supportive of my working while traveling!), sharing on social media, and writing as often as possible on this blog. I don’t have any flight booked back to the US yet either, as I am just going to play things by ear and see what happens.

What are some hidden gems I should  seek out? Do you have any favorite restaurants, tours, or events I should check out? Let me know in the comments!

All images used with permission from Creative Commons.
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7 Comments

  • Reply alicia

    You are going to have an adventure of a lifetime!!!! I am headed from Utah to Maine for one month traveling and working by myself. I’m looking forward to going solo and learning more of who I am.

    I can’t wait to see your pics!
    Alicia, http://www.girlonatrail.com

    July 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Jess Floe

    You are SUCH an inspiration + I’m loving your trip coverage! I’m heading to Europe solo (for the first time!) as well this fall (Nov/Dec) — Norway, UK, France, Sweden. I’d love to see a post about Norway if you get a chance!

    September 3, 2015 at 7:31 pm
    • Reply Tiffiny

      I am working on my post about Norway right now! 🙂

      September 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Javi

    Hi Tiff,
    it’s inspiring and fresh-air to follow you on instagram, snapchat,…..
    Well, hopefully you come to Barcelona. But otherwise, here you have a few jewels in Europe, (not enough time for the whole Europe, am I right?) most famous but not so plenty of people as Paris, Rome or London.

    -Top1: Annecy (the venice of Alps), 50kms south Geneve, where I spend holidays. Perfect beautiful place for hiking, riding bicycle, relaxing. It’s surprising. and close to the Mont Blanc & Alps
    – Firenze in Italy and the county around it (Tuscany), including Pisa.
    -Go to Belgium. For 8€ you may take trains for many villages you can visit in 1/2 day (Gent, Brugges, Leuven, Namur, Anwpert…)
    -The whole north coast of France (Britanny: Mount Saint Michel, Saint Malo, Dinard)

    Well, many many more including my beloved Ireland (I’ll be in Dublin in 2 weekends), the frontier Germany-Austry-Switzerland, Lisboa, Croatia…

    And Spain: Seville, the north coastal Bilbao & San Sebastian & Santander…

    Just feel free to ask anything you want or need (although I mainly know places of Spain, Belgium, Ireland and France). You are wonderful

    Cheers and be our eyes in the world 🙂

    JaviedU2

    September 7, 2015 at 8:52 pm
    • Reply Tiffiny

      Thank you so much! 🙂
      I will make a note with all of your suggestions as I plan more of my trip! 🙂

      Tiff

      September 8, 2015 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Yulya

    I bet you get that a lot, but your social media profiles are uniquely inspirational and useful! Tracking your trip on Instagram is very interesting 🙂 I would like to suggest you to look into hiking trails or pilgrims’ ways in Europe, might as well try it out since you are already there. I did the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage as a solo female traveler this summer and that’s a great, fairly cheap way to travel the country, learn the culture, and meet a lot of exceptional people. There are way more hiking/pilgrimage trails pretty much in every European country, if this could be of any interest to you, let me know: after coming back I’ve done a research for an article on this topic. Anyways, best of luck in your further adventures! Safe travels!

    September 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm
    • Reply Tiffiny

      The Camino de Santiago has been something I have wanted to do since I was about 18! I am going to try and make it happen this trip. 🙂

      Thank you, Yulya!

      September 12, 2015 at 6:56 pm

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