Solo traveller exploring Europe

Gina Alward Start Date: Nov 20, 2017 - End Date: Nov 19, 2018
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Spain
  • Monaco
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • France
  • Dublin, Ireland

My Travel Story

by: Gina Alward Start Date: Nov 20, 2017 - End Date: Nov 19, 2018
I found solace in travel during a time when nothing in my life was certain. I moved to Ireland in 2014, newly single, fresh off the university assembly line with a sociology degree in tow, and absolutely no idea what to do with it. 

The only thing I was certain of: I wanted to travel.

I made every moment of that year count. I travelled to nearby countries, immersed myself in new and exciting cultures, and said "yes" to every opportunity that presented itself.

I started sharing my adventures through my personal blog, The Here and Wow, and fell in love with being able to write so freely. When I returned home, I started working as an editor for a newspaper, writing featured stories for travel sections and even securing a monthly travel column with our provincial paper. I worked that desk job for two years, finding myself unfulfilled, dreaming of the day I'd feel my heart pump standing near a cliff's edge, see the sun rise and set across the Mediterranean and bending my ear to hear the intoxicating lilt of a foreign accent.

I needed to get back into the world, writing as purely as I once had a few short years ago. 

And now, I finally have my chance.

After saving what I can with my 9-5 gig and offering work for accomodations in order to travel across lands, my wanderlust grumbles with hunger, eager to capture all the secrets that are uncovered through adventure, starting in Europe, February 2018. I'm ready to committ myself to my writing in a way I never had the courage to before and to follow my dreams, however unorthodox and unfinished they may be.

And I couldn't be more grateful for your help in achieving this dream!
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Spain
  • Monaco
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • France
  • Dublin, Ireland

Updates

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  • Work For Accommodation Booked In Lisbon !

    Work for accommodation booked in Lisbon !
    I'll be staying in this stunning hostel, learning the tricks and goings-on of hospitality management. I'll be staying here for one month as I travel across Portugal viewing all its wonders!