What happens when you give me a passport

It was just a regular Tuesday afternoon. Taking a break from studying and obsessing over the poor state of my bank account, I went on to Kayak Explore to check out flights and fantasize about going somewhere not here, as I do too often (yes, I like to torture myself).

It’s all fun and games until you find round-trip airfare to Paris for $415 from Detroit.

The rest is a blur. I cleaned off my glasses in disbelief that British Airways would carry a flight this cheap. I ran to grab my credit card, and before I knew it, I had purchased a flight to Europe. I think we all knew it was just a matter of time before I cracked and left again. The price was obviously perfect, and the dates couldn’t have been more convenient: four days after my semester ends, and three weeks following. This is the universe’s future gift to me for finishing my semester. Honestly, how could I say no?

If I learned one thing in Panama, that would be to always pack light. I have learned the hard way that the more you pack, the more difficult it will be to get around… which sounds completely logical when said out loud, I’m realizing, but no matter. As nice as it would be to have a suitcase to store things in, I’m thinking it’s just gonna be me and my backpack this time around. Easier to get around, more secure since I’ll be able to lock away all of my belongings at hostels, and no need to waste time dropping things off at where I’m staying later when I get to a new city. I’m excited to experiment in urban backpacking; we’ll see how it goes.

So I guess that is that. If you’ll be in Europe in May, I will be running around by myself for a couple weeks so let me know! I’m currently looking at Paris, London, Amsterdam, maybe Stockholm, and Berlin, but that’s the beauty of solo travel — I can change my plans as much I want. Show me cool things! Let me in on your life!

That’s all for now. Much love xx