Here’s what I learned traveling to 3 countries last year

There’s always something to learn when we embark on an adventure. In 2018 I visited three different cities, all of which taught me something and helped me to grow. Here’s what I learned traveling to 3 countries last year.

Here's what I learned traveling to 3 countries last year

Slowing down is necessary

Between our full-time jobs, our side hustles, our reading list, and our dinner plans, life often gets intense. When people take vacations, it’s mostly to forget about responsibility and enjoy a change of pace. But when I take a ‘vacation’, it’s for content.

I remember the first day we flew into Dublin. It was snowing like crazy, which was a rare occurrence for late March. That day, we couldn’t do much other than post up in the hotel, drink loads of coffee and gin, and just enjoy each other’s company. I had forgotten what it was like to truly slow down and just be somewhere, with no other reservations.

Dublin made me fall in love again with all the little moments that make life worth living.

Read about the best places to eat and drink in Dublin

Here's what I learned traveling to 3 countries last year

It’s always worth the effort

When your first day in London starts off at 25 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s quite easy to post up in some coffee shop all day and call it quits. But the adventure was waiting for us and I so desperately wanted to show my boyfriend my favorite city.

One morning, we set off to see all the great sights in weather that even the English were complaining about. It was one of the coldest days I had ever experienced in all my travels. The wind chill made it even worse. We wanted to quit but I kept pushing us because I knew we would regret it. It was then that I understood how much this city actually meant to me and how determined I was to show it to another person.

On that particular day I learned something great about myself: I am resilient and determined. And boy do I love London.

Read how I spent 24 hours in London

Here's what I learned traveling to 3 countries last year

Adventure is good for the soul

My last stop in 2018 was Iceland; the very definition of adventure. I hadn’t ventured out into the wild for quite some time. Being a city girl, my weekend adventures usually include a new brunch spot and a post bike ride through the neighborhood. Up until this point, I honestly couldn’t even remember the last time I went camping.

Traveling through Iceland was an adventure like nothing else; one I didn’t know my soul craved until I was out on the open road. It was just us and our van, sleeping under the night sky. There was nothing like it that I had ever experienced. I had forgotten the sight of dusk against the ocean and the sound of water trickling down through the rocks.

When I left Iceland, my soul was smiling and I vowed to take on more adventures away from the city.

Read about how Iceland changed the way I think about traveling

Did you have any profound moments while traveling last year?

21 comments

  1. I crave adventure and leaving the city too, Iceland sounds like the perfect place to do just that. I’m going in May and am really excited! Also, I love how much you love London haha. Would you ever move here? I live in Brixton and it is amazing but I do look forward to visiting my parents by the sea and breathing fresh air!
    Jenny | localleo.co.uk

  2. Love what you said about slowing down, I’m not a travel blogger per se but definitely, understand the desire to want to turn your trips to ‘content’ as a blogger. In 2018, I flew from the UK to the US with a stopover in Reykjavik. I had a fear of flying and never looked out of the window on planes but as the plane prepared to land in Reykjavik, I steeled myself to look and the water looked so beautiful. Made me realise how beautiful the earth is and how I couldn’t let fear stop me from exploring it to the best of my ability. Love your pictures. xx
    Coco Bella Blog

    1. Yes totally. Traveling is just work now because of always wanting to plan out content. I’ve realized that I really need to slow down and enjoy the journey.

  3. I love these lessons learned from your traveling experiences! Oh man, juggling so many things in life can be a big challenge. It is always good to slow down and enjoy the moment. Glad you found the strength to go venture through the city! I totally agree with you- adventure is good for the soul. I definitely need to do more traveling this year. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  4. This is awesome and I definitely agree with you. Last year I travelled a lot and I must say, I loved it a lot. I hope to continue this goal this year too, because there’re so many cities in the UK and I want to visit em one by one. I’ve been to Dublin before, but that was over eight years ago. It will be nice to go back. 🙂

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  5. It would be a tragedy for me travelling to a city and not going anywhere because of bad weather. I would be like you too, I have to brace and persist exploring outside. What you learned from your travel in Iceland is something very deep probably because of what you experienced when you were there, just you and the vast nature around.

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  6. I love the reflections you have on your travels. There always is so much to learn about ourselves, and it’s interesting to see how each city or country seems to have a specific lesson in mind!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

  7. Travelling always teaches us lessons, doesn’t it? I love how determined you were to show off London, even in that weather. I am really not a fan of cold, so I applaud you for this strength, haha! Now thinking about my 2018 trips, I think Slovenia taught me how strong mentally and physically I am as a person. It was such a rainy and quite cold weather but we mainly spent all the time outdoors soaking wet… It was so worth it tho! x

  8. Travelling always teaches us lessons, doesn’t it? I love how determined you were to show off London, even in that weather. I am really not a fan of cold, so I applaud you for this strength, haha! Now thinking about my 2018 trips, I think Slovenia taught me how strong mentally and physically I am as a person. It was such a rainy and quite cold weather but we mainly spent all the time outdoors soaking wet… It was so worth it tho! x

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