There are many places I want to go and many, many more I don’t even know about yet. But if I’m honest with myself, I know this first trip is about more than just discovering the world. This trip is about discovering myself and I’m doing it on my own. This means there will probably be a few times when I’m nervous, a few times when I’m worried, and more than a few times when I’m lonely. Also, I’ll be on a limited budget.
With all that in mind, I can come up with a basic list of criteria.
- Semi-reliable Internet access (Cuba is out)
- English-speaking locals and signs (Sorry, Tokyo)
- Minimal risk to my personal safety (Let’s pass on Egypt for the moment)
- Affordable accommodation (such as hostels)
- Affordable travel to different destinations (No Australia this time)
I like to call this my “princess list” because, let’s face it, it’s pretty comfortable. But not to worry, this is really just the criteria for the first location(s). As I move on, I intend to shave these requirements as I play my real-life game of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
So, where might satisfy my princess list? I’m thinking Europe. All of it, really. There are some pricier places and some places that aren’t as English-friendly but for the most part I really can’t go wrong. For the record, I’ve been there before (very briefly) so this makes it extra comfy and makes me certain it’s a good starting place for this grand adventure.
I have a vision of being in Venice with nothing but a backpack and nowhere to be. According to some sketchy websites, the weather should probably be good enough by April for me to hang out there.
Sounds like a plan to me.
I think everybody has a princess list to some degree. What’s on yours? Where would you be hesitant to go?