As I sit here now during the heatwave bracing the UK, I’m enjoying putting my feet up for the final time this summer, at least at home.
Last days in the UK
The last couple of weeks have been a blur of goodbyes, birthday wishes (25 again) packing, sorting and ensuring I’ve done everything I need to before setting off; this includes making sure what I leave behind is well organised for when I get back. Perhaps I shouldn’t be thinking about coming back but I’m intent on returning to normality as smoothly as possible on my return.
However, for now, feet up and looking at my packed cases, I can’t help but feel ridiculously excited for what I’m now calling my two month holiday. The last minute move to ditch the backpack and buy a new travel case was just in the nick of time and one of the best decisions I could have made. I’ve now comfortably packed everything I want to take and have extra room for souvenirs, something severely lacking in that 70litre monstrosity! Apart from the pain it caused my back, everything was so haphazard in the main compartment I can’t imagine I’d have easy access to anything, which would have resulted in a couple of travel tantrums at least.
If it’s taught me anything, it’s practise pack a few days before you go for longer trips to allow yourself time to change your mind. I did and I’m very thankful to past Fran!
Thoughts on setting off
As for plans and activities for my trip, I’m all organised up until Vienna, so about ten days in. I went against my organised nature to ‘wing it’ following this point and discover what’s on offer while I’m there or on the train journey to get there.
Taking a final look at Horsham and my home on my last day in the UK, there is a sadness in leaving as I haven’t been gone this long before and I’m sure there’s a lot I’ll miss out on. Yet, when I think what I’ll come back with – bursting through the door like a whirlwind as I usually do from nights out – in terms of new sights, experiences and stories, I feel it’ll be a richer place as I’ll be refreshed and appreciative. Well, maybe not refreshed… I do imagine a couple of days asleep or at least a breather during the last leg in Edinburgh.
As for reflecting on my aims with this trip, they really haven’t changed at all since I first noted them down. In a weird sense, the trip still feels so far away, despite everything I’ve done to prepare and all the conversations and life changes I’ve made to make it happen. However, with my flight 12 hours away, it’s about to feel very real! Ultimately, if i can see more of the world and learn something in between, then I’ll be very satisfied.
Get Jaunty thank you
As I get ready to fly out tomorrow morning, I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone following, whatever that number may be! I really appreciate it and hope you find my posts from mainland Europe helpful and maybe even inspirational.
The best way to contact me while I’m away will be through the links on my contact page.
Until Bergen! 🙂