How I Spent 6 Months Solo Backpacking Across Europe

Learning More About Myself, One Trip at A Time

Natalie Yap
ILLUMINATION

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How I Spent 6 Months Solo Backpacking Across Europe
Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnavo @ Tsarevets Fortress

I’ve always struggled to put words to this experience, it inspired, it refreshed, and recentered me in ways I never knew possible.

“Cover the earth, before it covers you.”
Dagobert D. Runes

In 2019, before the madness that was covid, I spent 6 months backpacking Europe. My first-time solo traveling.

Me in My Winter Clothes and Full Backpacking Glory
Me in my winter clothes and full backpacking glory

How Did That Happen?

I was 24, single, and for the first time in my life, I had both time (before my first job) and money (saved up from a great internship).

I would like to say that travel as an option came naturally to me, but it didn’t.

Before this, I had never left the country alone, had few friends outside of Singapore and was honestly really fearful of how safe I would be as a solo female traveller.

In my friend circle in Singapore, I had an acquaintance on Instagram that packed up, left Singapore with €1,000 to her name and couch surfed her way through Europe for 3 months.

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Natalie Yap
ILLUMINATION

I write about how we can optimize our lives, start our self-improvement journey and be better entrepreneurs. Email: wordsbynat[at]gmail[dot]com