To plan or not to plan?

There is only one thing I know for sure about my upcoming trip: I leave on September 1.

Beyond that, I have nothing planned. 

No next flight, no hostels booked, no idea what happens after I leave the rest of my Birthright group at the airport.

For all I know, I could get on a flight to Berlin, or Budapest, or Amsterdam, or Dublin.

Right now, I’m leaving everything up to chance and how I feel in the moment.

What if I make a new best friend on my trip who wants to camp on a beach in Tel Aviv? What if inspiration strikes at the airport and I decide to jet to Warsaw? What if I find a $75 flight to Rome?

After reading countless guidebooks and travel blogs, I’m confident in my decision to travel alone. Living in major cities has given me enough street smarts and confidence to deal with most situations. I also want the freedom to chose what cities and attractions I visit, when I want to wake up, and how to spend my time.

I have a long list of places I want to visit over the next three months, including but not limited to:

  • Paris
  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • Zurich
  • Vienna
  • Rome
  • Budapest
  • Prague
  • Hamburg
  • Munich
  • Berlin
  • Cologne
  • Lisbon
  • Porto
  • Barcelona
  • Seville
  • Greece
  • Croatia
  • Ireland

…but I know I probably won’t make it to all of them. 

A quick introduction

Hello there, and welcome to my brand-spankin’ new travel blog!

If you’ve found this, you probably already know me—at least a little bit. For those who are new, a brief introduction:

I’m Megan, a 20something writer/story teller/thrifty fashionista/beer enthusiast. I’m incredibly fond of soft pretzels, social media, eggs, good deals, live music, pandas, organizational tools and funky glasses frames.

That's me!
That’s me!

After getting laid off and sliding into a second quarter-life crisis (thought I conquered that at 24!), I decided to capitalize on my free time and travel the world!

I kickstarted my plans by signing up for Birthright, a free 10-day trip to Israel for young Jews. Since my mother’s mom was Jewish, I too am Jewish enough to qualify for this trip! My grandma passed when my mom was seven, so I’ve always been interested in learning more about Judaism as a connection to her.

One of the neatest parts about Birthright is that you can extend your return flight up to 90 days! Guess who is taking FULL advantage of that?

I depart for Tel Aviv on September 1, and will be on the Birthright trip through September 12. After that….who knows?!

I’ve never had the opportunity to travel much internationally—one business trip to London last year doesn’t cut it. I plan on traveling to as many places as my meager budget will allow, and having the adventure of a lifetime along the way.

Follow along here as I document my travel trials and tribulations, a running log of everything I eat, and snapshots of my new friends and favorite places.

Bon voyage!