Before my first trip to Europe, quite a few years ago now, I had no idea what to expect. But, I was so excited that I started soaking in everything around me. I devoured TV series about French cooking and history novels about London. I created timelines of European history. I researched art classes in the Lakes district and admired French-inspired pastries in the local bakery. I saved every cent and worked hard. I even painted myself a world map, meanwhile dreaming about all the possibilities that lay ahead. The point is that the anticipation before the trip was almost as exciting as the trip itself. When I actually arrived in Europe, all the research I had done helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the place itself. I came home enriched, addicted and with a whole new mindset. And then, of course, the travels continued!
I would love to hear about how it felt before your first overseas trip! What did you do to prepare yourself for the adventures ahead? Is anyone about to head off on their first big adventure?