I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown.
It’s kind of unbelievable to think that this time one month ago, I’d just landed in Dubrovnik for the very first day of my round-the-world adventure. In some respects it feels like I’ve only been away for a few days; in others, it feels like I’ve been doing this for years. In reality, this is already the longest trip I’ve ever taken.
Backpacking over the last month has unsurprisingly been a big change for me. It’s been a test of my courage, independence, and resilience, and I’ve battled with homesickness, fear, and doubts.
I used to spend previous holidays seeing nothing of the places I travelled to; that’s why I always say I’ve never travelled before. Back then, I could have been anywhere in the world! I used to dose up on motion sickness pills, sleep my way through the airport and on to the plane, then spend the next two weeks inside a resort or villa, seeing little of the places I had travelled all that way to see.
I’ve settled into this new travel style well, though, and I’ve had so much fun, simply walking around, exploring individual cities, and learning about their history and culture.
Having said that, I definitely wasn’t expecting to find it this emotionally hard.
As someone who has never experienced homesickness before, I 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.
I’ve settled into a routine now, though, I rarely feel homesick, and I’m 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
I originally only planned on spending a week or so in Croatia, and I ended up spending over 3 weeks there! I 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, Plitvice Lakes, Crikvenica, Ljubljana, Bled.
Number of beds slept in: 13
Number of photos taken: 1467
Number of buses taken: 14
Number of trains taken: 1
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.
The next month
As I write this, I’m currently in Hungary. Over the next month I’ll be visiting Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan and China. I’m ridiculously 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…