Much like the fact that my natural state of being is "at rest," I rarely find myself drawn to the concept of traveling. While I very much enjoy experiencing new places and cultures, the logistical hassles, unknown dangers and budgetary challenges normally confine me to my home city. In other words, I am lazy, a scardey-cat and something of a cheapskate. Recently however, I have been especially cognizant of the passing of time and the fact that I'm not experiencing all that the world has to offer. Oh, how cliched. But true.
I suppose I can credit my crummy-ass manager at work for imbuing me with some urgent sense that I need to motivate and live a little differently. So it is that I spent half of my day today on the Internet slogging around various travel sites, trying to decide where to go and when. Ideally, I envision a multi-city hop across various parts of northern Europe, preferably in September when the weather is still decent and the summer tourist crowds have dispersed. But to do so, I want to find the best deals possible and it's difficult to do so when you're forced to pick a specific set of dates.
So can I just take this moment to whine to you all that IDing good fares and finding subsequent deals on accomodations is really difficult? And can I also say that the prospect of doing so alone is scary? Being alone I can deal with. The benefit of being raised without siblngs is a high level of self sufficiency. But still I worry about what might happen to me, single and female exploring the streets of strange cities. It seems like a blazing invitation for harm and disaster to find their ways to me.
So, questions for you, dear readers: Am I crazy to attempt this solo? Have any of you ever couch surfed? Are hostels really gross?
Any other tips regarding this potetial endeavor would be muchos appreciated.
On a different note: I apologize for my lack of responses in the comments section. I keep trying, believe you me, but Typepad will not cooperate. I hope to rectify this technical issue soon so that HP may return to its old interactive self.