SURPRISE! I had one more trip booked this summer and it was to LONDON! I have never been there before and it was everything and more than I had hoped for.
One of the biggest reasons for picking to travel to London this summer is because one of my close friends from high school moved here for University, and so I haven’t seen her in over 3 years. We keep in touch and occasionally catch up on each other’s lives. Ever since our moves, we have told each other that we would visit, but of course time gets the better of all of us.
But the year 2016 has been different – this year has been a rollercoaster of emotions, new adventures, self-discoveries, and opportunities. So at the beginning of this summer, I decided to book my ticket for London and finally commit to something I have always wanted to do. I didn’t really announce my trip to anyone, I almost felt like this was a little secret and surprise for the end of the summer to really celebrate the start of new beginnings and fresh starts.
The trip itself was amazing, nothing can sum up my experience. I could have done another “Travel Diary” series, but the description of me walking around aimlessly in circles could only be said so many times. So although I missed my daily workouts, I definitely had my fair share of walking this past week just by getting lost in the city.
I don’t really have the words to describe what my trip was like – but I can tell you that travelling alone is one of the most liberating and exciting things I have ever done, especially to travel so far away from home. Sure, I wasn’t roughing it by backpacking across Europe (like I keep saying I will do), but this idea of discovering a new city alone and attempt to live the life of a local was amazing. It brought me back to what felt like moving alone to Toronto. That being said, London and Canada have many similarities, so perhaps that is why I found the city so appealing. I didn’t feel like I was stuck in the middle of nowhere, or that I couldn’t communicate with anyone.
I don’t believe that this trip “changed” me in anyway – like I am not coming back a whole new, enlightened person, because let’s be serious, it was only a week and that is so not me. But in short, this trip reinforced what I had thought all along; that I love travelling and NEED to travel in order to feel happy. It is something I really enjoy doing and I can’t see my life standing still or put in a certain place (ever).
Now that I’m back in Toronto and summer is coming to an end, I am already thinking of the next place I want to travel (and how I’m going to save up for it). If you have any suggestions or recommendations, feel free to share them! Until then, you can find me buried back into the life of school and work.