The reason that me and so many other people have been able to experience the rich cultures of the world is an amazing website called Workaway. I found this website a number of years ago, but never had a good enough reason to use it. After certain life circumstances, I decided that I had to get away and experience something amazing. Workaway was exactly what I needed and wanted during that time in my life and I am so incredibly happy and thankful that I decided to give it a try.
I’m going to start this off by saying that I am by no means an expert traveller. I spent two months traveling around Europe 1. as a workawayer (living with a family for free and doing chores to earn my room and board), 2. a solo traveler, and 3. with friends. I would say that those two months were the most I’ve ever grown in my entire life; I learned so much about the world around me. I did a lot of research, like reading posts like this, before leaving on my trip and I think that is what helped me so much. Here are a few other important lessons I learned (sometimes the hard way):
Prague is one of those soon-to-be iconic cities. Lots of people have been traveling there as of lately, and I definitely see why. With amazing public transportation and something to do around every corner, it’s a traveller’s paradise. We spent 5 days here and it was the perfect amount of time.
Santorini is one of the most beautiful places in the world, no exaggeration. The ocean views, the white buildings, the beaches… everything about this place is dreamy. The island is also super small so it is possible to drive up the entire spine of it in 45 minutes, and you’ll see everything on the way there. I stayed in Perissa, which is in the southeast end of the island. To go to the beautiful black sand beach from my hostel was only a 5 minute walk, and I could see the ocean from my window!
Since I was a little, little girl I have always dreamt of going to Paris. Never did I think I would go alone, but I truly believe that fulfilling this dream of mine on my own was exactly how it should have gone.
My next stop was Nice, France. I still haven’t decided if Nice was so magical because *helloooo* its the French Riviera, or if its because it was the first place I ever traveled entirely on my own. Either way, the 5 days I spent in Nice were some of the most wonderful days of my life.
I am now entering the fourth week of being in this beautiful town and I have only fallen deeper in love. I always thought that the real appeal of Italy was Venice, Tuscany or on the Amalfi Coast, and perhaps there is appeal there, but I have found so much love for the Piedmont (northwest) region of Italy. If you consider yourself a “mountains” person, this is the place for you! I always said I was a mountains person but in my mind I would think of how refreshing the ocean is on a hot day… but after hiking in a certain mountain range here, it is absolutely confirmed that I am indeed a mountains person. I would also toy with city vs country; I believed I was a country person, but being young and loving nightlife I have recently swayed more towards city. Being here, though, I can also confirm that I am much more of a country person.