After being back for a month, my regular routine resumed, already bored of the day in day out working life, I decided to finally put together all the little souvenirs from my Europe trip. Over the course of the 2 and a half months that I was travelling, I did my best to keep and collect train tickets, restaurant receipts, business cards and brochures from places I had been to. Rather than scrapbooking on the road (and making a huge effort to be neat and artistic), while I was travelling I wrote daily journal entries, knowing that I would transfer it into a scrapbook. However the thoughts I wrote down were sometimes rather personal and I decided only include bits and pieces that I was happy to share in this scrapbook.
I can only imagine this will be something I pull out in future years, perhaps showing it to my future kids, reminiscent of my gap year, my first trip alone, my magnificent adventure.
I believe that capturing your adventures in a creative way such as scrapbooking or in video form makes the trip more memorable and more magical to look back upon. I can only dread the times when I will no longer remember my trip as vividly as I do now, and no longer feel the longing pang of wanting to be back, like waking from a good dream.
Although it's difficult to be back, I just try to remind myself of what I felt while I was there, and that I will feel like that again. Over the course of my trip I realised how much I love Perth, but also that I will continue travelling for the rest of my life. The feeling of discovering something new, or embracing being helplessly lost, are feelings you can only know after travelling to an unknown place.
The highlight of my trip was definitely fantastic new friends (shoutout to Lydia) and I can't recommend enough travelling solo to any young person. You learn so much about yourself and you are constantly forced to put yourself out there more.
Don't forget to check out my youtube channel, I posted videos from my trip as well! https://youtube.com/user/raandomrach/