I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown.

It’s crazy to think that this time just over one month ago, I had landed in Dubrovnik for the very first day of my trip. In some respects it feels like I’ve only been away for a few days, but in others it feels like I’ve been doing this for years.

Backpacking for the last month has been a big change for me. I used to spend my previous holidays lying on the beach for two weeks doing absolutely nothing. I’ve settled into my new travel style well, and I’ve enjoyed actually walking around exploring individual cities, learning about their history and culture.

However, I definitely wasn’t expecting to find it this emotionally hard.

As someone who has never experienced homesickness before, I naively wasn’t expecting to miss home at all. I think I probably spent my entire first week in tears and frequently contemplated giving up and flying back home.

It wasn’t that I wasn’t enjoying it, I just found that my emotions were amplified by a hundred, and I was getting ridiculously upset over every little thing.

I’ve settled into a routine now though, I rarely feel homesick, and I’m just enjoying meeting new people and seeing the world.

I thought I’d take a look back over the last month, and share with you some of the statistics from my trip so far:

Travel stats - 

Countries Visited: 3

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.

I originally only planned on spending a week or so in Croatia, and I ended up spending over 3 weeks there! I completely fell in love with this beautiful country, and probably could have spent even longer there.

Cities Visited: 12

Dubrovnik, Mostar, Split, Supetar, Bol, Zadar, Pag, Zagreb, Plitvica Jezera, Crikvenica, Ljubljana, Bled.

Number of beds slept in: 13

Number of photos taken: 1467

Transportation:

Number of buses taken – 14

Number of trains taken – 1

Money Spent:

Croatia – £939.78 = £36.14 per day

Slovenia – £165.06 = £27.51 per day

One thing I’ve learnt so far is that I NEED to budget my money better. I had no idea how much I was spending until I calculated it for this post, and it’s definitely a lot more than I was expecting/hoping for.

Number of things lost:

A toothbrush, a hairbrush, a pair of sunglasses, TWO pairs of shoes, tweezers and a travel adaptor.

This is what happens when you wear the same pair of shoes for a month…

I still don’t know how I managed to lose two pairs of shoes…

Number of McDonalds eaten: 5

I was doing SO well… I spent three weeks without eating a single McDonalds, but as soon as I got to Ljubljana that all changed and I ate there 5 times in 5 days…

The next month:

As I write this, I am currently in Hungary. Over the next month I’ll be visiting Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan and China. I’m insanely excited about going to Asia for the first time.

Despite all of the emotional stress and ups and downs, overall I’ve had one of the best months of my life, and I can’t wait to see what the next month holds for me…