Europe is no longer a wish, want, or desire. I can finally say I’ve made it to Europe. Europe is checked off my bucket list, although now I have added new European countries to that very same bucket list (Spain, Portugal, Turkey, etc… I could truly go on and on). With each destination that I visit and check off my bucket list, I continue to add new places I’ve learned about, heard about, or still hope to see. All of my worries, anxieties, and excuses about Europe are now in the distance because I can say for sure that Europe is the perfect place to explore. My 30 day bus adventure through Europe with Topdeck brought me to 15 amazing countries.
In each country, I was able to complete a bucket list item or visit a must-see landmark or attraction. From the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum, Vatican City, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Swiss Alps, Mediterranean, Balkans, to Big Ben and beyond, Europe was a dream. My bucket list dream trip to Europe allowed me to see the best of the best in the shortest amount of time possible. Although rushed at times, I soaked up every moment and engrained every experience in my mind. I’ll have this trip with me forever. My summer fun and sailing trip in Europe gave me a “taste” (or better yet a ‘tease’) of Europe, while highlighting the things I should see as a first time visitor to Europe. There will always be more visits! If I hadn’t of chosen this specific trip, I wouldn’t have seen as much as I did; that’s why I chose to do a fast-track trip–the perfect kind of trip for a hyperactive traveler like me. Now that I’ve had this amazing sample of an incredible continent, I’m already planning to go back to see more. Now the question is, when (and where)?
Europe is especially significant because it was my last big abroad trip during my 14 month sabbatical from teaching. From meeting new friends to spending my birthday in Amsterdam, Europe couldn’t have been better. Europe was a dream come true and more than I could have imagined. I dreamed of visiting Europe and it’s better than I ever imagined; I think I left a part of my heart in each European country that I visited! Europe completed and rounded off my 14 months of travels; It’s hard to even imagine that Europe was the last stop on my round-the-world adventures. I can’t even believe how quickly my time off went and that it’s time for me to slowly get back into the routine of the everyday working life. I had no idea where my time off would lead, but I knew it would take me to places out of this world. That’s an understatement.
My year off gave me more time to devote to traveling and writing, while exploring 22 countries in that time (15 in Europe alone). I documented each step of my journey. Although I won’t be traveling full-time anymore, my journey is far from over. It’s time I start showcasing my home—Canada! I’ll still be traveling locally, within Canada, and sometimes abroad, but now just half the time!