Journey by Dawn

Nothing to fear: Preparing for an exciting 1 month of travel in Europe!

Some trips are life-changing, others are forgotten. But when travelling with an open heart and curiosity, one never returns the same.

In a few days I am heading off to Europe for a month, visiting three amazing countries. Luggage almost packed, the rest stored in boxes. The journey begins…

I must admit the hardest part is to get going. Just like with everything else, changing a job, changing a home. Back when I was studying in Canada, I remember our professor saying that all humans have an unconscious fear of change and a desire for familiarity. Perhaps this is also related with the concepts that describe our cognitive systems in the brain to be ‘lazy’ in the sense that we choose to do and think in the most primitive ways to save energy. An example of this is generalising (the Schema Theory) where we make sense of the world by putting things into categories. It makes good sense to do this when we are young and try to understand things, but very soon we need greater awareness of the other possible explanations. I do find it sad to see just how many people choose to think what is easier rather than to investigate the truth.

Over the last months I have been following several youtube vloggers, who share stories of places that they visit. My favourites are Flying the Nest and The Way Away. It is great to change together but I can also imagine how challenging it can be. I personally believe it takes a lot of intellect and emotional awareness to manage the challenging situations they encounter. Here is one particular vlog where the couples discuss the things that help them when travelling as a couple:

When doing solo travel things are a little different. I’ve been following solo travellers on youtube, an there is great advice for example from Hey Nadine or Sorelle Amore.

Really, the main thing is to be open and willing to grow to search and to commit to greater things as we find them in our lives. But to find them is the key.


The preparation process

Handwork Helps to prepare for any change in life, because in a way making something makes us also think of the external situations that apply. For example last year when I went to Europe for a few weeks it was mid summer in Brisbane, but crocheting this beanie made me remember how cold it can get and helped me to deal with the sudden change from +30 to -30C with more ease.

Packing early  I like to stat packing a few weeks before travel, just keeping things in a pile, then arranging them closer to the trip. For people who are working like I am, it can all take longer then expected and to avoid dramas (oh there will be dramas anyway!) it’s best to plan. It all depends of where you go, so check for advice on Google, but the psychological preparation is always helped by external planning.

Doing research Just as I was preparing for this holiday I was able to appreciate the many amazing tools that the internet now offers and possibilities to read reviews, watch video blogs on YouTube, to even connect with local people through CouchSurfing and Facebook! Wow, honestly, the world is becoming smaller and smaller!

DSC_2125 copy.jpg

Flying at Sandringham Beach Melbourne (Photo by Mantas Galvičius)

In the end, a person doesn’t need much to be happy… I can’t wait to feel the joy of simplicity and to discover with my readers what amazing adventures await! We will be visiting my homeland: Lithuania! My best friend in Germany who I met online while doing my bachelor with a UK university. And then… an amazing summer European destination: Greece! See you soon!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Travel With Karisha

On A Quest To Visit Every Country In The World- Reviews, Travel Guides, Tips, & Story-Telling


travel thoughts


Travel Blog of a Budget Traveler sharing stories on travel, books & Vegetarian Food


all about travelling in korea


“Compassionate toward oneself, we reconcile all inner, and the universe - from within.”

Tesla Sun Travel

Tesla Sun Travel is place to get the latest travel tip and tricks, of what others are saying social media, not forgetting cheap air line tickets and hotels from around the world

Local Guide To Barbados

Ana Seas The Day

Your Personal Travel Coach. Grow Through Travel

Love Travelling Blog

Travel diaries providing inspiration for planning the perfect trip

Life as we see it..

My journey around the world

Joshi Daniel Photography

Images of People Photoblog

Picture Perfect Memories for life

Myriad memories frozen in time

Passport Overused

Showing the beauty of this world through the people, places and culture


Daily Christian Encouragement

Object Relations

"A Word of Substance"

%d bloggers like this: