Europe Update & Vlog

It's hard to believe, but I have officially reached the halfway point of my massive trip through Europe!  I have been traveling for eleven weeks so far and still have another eight to go, and I;ve already learned and grown so much.  Solo-traveling through countless beautiful cities, exploring different cultures, and eating so much good food along the way has been so good for my soul, and instead of writing out some of those details, I've decided to do something totally new and different!  Here is the first "Real Talk with Gennean" video!  Warning: get ready for all the quirkiness.

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Real Talk: Feelings

Traveling for the last two months has been pretty incredible, as I'm sure you can probably imagine, but if I'm going to keep it real, you need to know that it has also been pretty hard.  While it's been amazing to see so many new places, make new friends, and even live out of a suitcase (seriously, I'm loving the minimalism of it), it has also been, at times, both exhausting and lonely.  About halfway through May, right as I was landing in Rome, I was physically, emotionally, and mentally spent, and totally feeling it.  I had been go-go-go for over a month, bouncing from city to city every 3 or 4 days (with some god-awful travel days mixed in), and so I was real tired and slowly starting to realize that I was also feeling sad, simply because I was overwhelmed with alllll of the feelings: excitement, anxiety, anticipation, exhaustion, loneliness.  Best put, I felt a hot mess, and knew that my old friend melancholy wasn't too far behind.

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Europe Travel Q&A

With eight weeks in, six countries down, and fifteen cities visited, it's hard to believe that I'm about halfway through my massive trip around Europe, and even harder to believe that I’ve still got eleven more weeks to go!  And what an incredible journey it’s already been!  I've found myself making new friends from all over the world, exploring so many spectacular places, and eating so. much. good. food!  As I have been moving from city to city and sharing much of my travels on Instagram, I've received countless messages and emails with questions about just how, exactly, I am doing this whole traveling for 4+ months thing... especially solo and as a woman.  So I’ve gathered alllll of your questions, put them into categories, and and will attempt to answer them for you right here!

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All Things Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, the beautiful area comprising of five coastal towns in Italy, has had a place near the top of my bucket list for some time, so when I started planning for this massive trip across Europe, I knew that Cinque Terre absolutely had to happen.  I recently spent three glorious days there in the middle of some sort of paradise, and, in retrospect, I wish I would have stayed a little longer, but that just means I'll have to go back, right?  I mean, you would have to be crazy to not want to spend as much time as possible in the picturesque villages etched in cliff-sides along the sparkling mediterranean sea.  I've had a lot of friends asking about what to do, where to stay, and how to travel around Cinque Terre, so whether you're an outdoorsy human who lives a good hike, a foodie craving some authentic Italian eats, or a beach bum who just wants to lay by the water, I've got you.  Here are, from my experience, alllll things Cinque Terre.

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