I have the next twenty days to myself.
Meaning, I have the next twenty days (480 hours) to be completely in control of my own life, my schedule, who I see, where I go – I don’t think I’ve had that level of freedom in a long time.
It is currently some ungodly hour on GMT + 1 and I’m bubbling over with a sugar rush from chocolate and the sheer excitement of being here (okay, so maybe I’m a little bit jetlagged too).
I have great things that I have planned, both alone and with friends. And for the next twenty days I will see those plans to fruition and go home refreshed.
Here’s what’s different about this time rather than the past number of times I’ve been to Europe.
I will be stationary for the next 20 days (for except day trips to other nearby cities).
I wouldn’t be moving around as much.
Because traveling too fast is exhausting – for both your energy levels and your bank account.
I can only speak for myself, but I can’t possibly get anything worthwhile done, when I’m going around different cities in a whirlwind – as I’ve found out last time, by the time I stopped for 3 short days in Amsterdam then went to Vienna for a week, all I had wanted to do was to sleep. Not only did I not have the energy to do anything in Vienna, but it’d feel like that time was wasted – and I’m not a fan of time-wasting.
Not only that, cluttering your schedule with tasks and sights takes the enjoyment out from the traveling experience (and this is another reason why, I almost always do solo traveling, as with others, compromises will have to be made).
So now it’s 4:12 AM. I’m making up a day’s plan and delegating tasks, a great start of the day I’d say.