If you still don’t know where to go this summer, but you know you want sandy beaches, blue waters, extraordinary cliffy landscapes, lots of sea food and an affordable destination, Algarve might be for you.
Algarve is the Southernmost region of Portugal and is the most popular tourist destination in the country and perhaps in the whole Europe. In this article, I want to share my experience there and 7 tips that you might take into consideration before planning your trip.
Forget about the cliches of Paris or London. If you want to visit one of the most romantic capitals of Europe, that’s Lisbon. And I’ll tell you soon, why I consider it so.
I have been living in Lisbon during my Master Erasmus studies for 5 months. I got to know Lisbon from all the angles: the party spot, the food spot, the architecture spot, but what I liked the most was the romantic spot. If you only have 3 full days here, here’s my proposed itinerary.
At the age of 25, would you rather travel or focus on your career?
When I had to make this choice, somebody asked my mother:
“Wouldn’t it be a shame if she just keeps traveling and never ends up having a career?”
“It would be a much greater shame if she just keeps working and never ends up traveling!” my mom said.
Today, I am 25.
This beautiful age comes with so many uncertainties, questions, and decisions to make: should I stay, should I leave again, what if another travel will make me miss important opportunities at home, what if another travel will help me discover the real purpose of life, what if it will bring me a business idea, what if it will teach me the lessons I need to be thought?
Leaving home again can be pretty tempting. There were times when I wanted to do anything for travel. I quit jobs, I stayed away from my family, I worked hard…
When I look back, I see my „all is perfect” life. My „perfect traveler’s life” that was built with the help of power, strength, ambition, immune feelings, impossible friendships and „You can’t give up now” thoughts.
I built some biiiig walls in order to get here. :)
So now, it is time for a change. It is time to let those walls down and enjoy home. It seems that today I do not have to make a choice between traveling and the rest. This age milestone is one of the happiest milestones ever.
Being home means listening to my heart.
And stopping to run away.
The truth is… you can never make your heart shut up. You can pretend you are not listening, but she will always stay there and scream about what she believes about the life and this world.
There’s no wonder why they say „ Home is where your heart is”. It’s only by stepping out of your world that you can see what you deeply care about and find a home.
When you are surrounded by the foreign, it keeps you awake. All your senses are on, and you become more alert of the secret patterns of this world.
It’s like when you hike the mountains.
The whole road to the peak is full of choices: left or right, choose the easy climb or the climb with the beautiful scenery, put your rain coat on or dance in the rain?
You have all your troubles, fears and hopes in a backpack.
You have to watch your steps.
You have to manage your food for a few days.
You need to pay attention to your body reactions.
You need to watch out for bears :)
Be aware. Be strong. And don’t let anything destroy you.
This can be damn tiring and hard.
That’s why my heart tells me to stop for a while.
Accept the challenges from home.
And enjoy THE REAL life.
1st Good News is that…
Home is not the place where you happen to be born, but the place where you become yourself.
As Marcel Proust said: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes”.
I chose to see my home with new eyes.
We all need to stop movement for a while.
Because it is only by stopping the movement that we can see where to go next.
Plus, this whole movement idea has a meaning only if you have a home to go back to.
And I do.
2nd Good News is that…
Everything happens in life at the right timing. Every loss comes with a new gain. And what might seem like a bad choice, heartbreak or mistake, will finally prove to be the best thing that happened to you.
You only need to open your eyes. Get up. Even if it’s early and uncomfortable.
A day will come when everything will seem it is aligned with your heart.
And you don’t have to make choices between A or B anymore.
Because you are where your heart is.
You’ll have gratitude for your lonely traveling, for all the strangers that made you feel like home, for all the ones who broke your heart, gave you directions in life, or helped you carry your backpack.
After your long hike in the mountains…you will find your home.
3rd Good News is that…
Everything that happened once, might never ever happen again. But everything that happened twice, might as well happen the third time. That’s why we need to keep our heart open. Embrace uncertainty with open arms. Embrace both pain and happiness. When a heart stays open, beautiful things can happen…
P.S “There is only one way of learning, said The Alchemist. Through action. Your trip taught you everything you needed to know…”