July is over and we’re now in August – can you believe it? Yes, I know I forgot to do a monthly catch up for June. Sorry! But things have been so hectic and I feel like I’ve been busier than ever before. June took me to Hungary – a new country for me – and I had a blast exploring Budapest, Pécs and Eger. But July was even wilder. I went to Finland which is another new country for me and I had an amazing time there visiting my best friend and wild camping in Lapland. Yes, I actually went camping. That is so unlike me. And guess what? I loved it!
Great things that happened in July
• I got to see my best friend again
I suck at staying in touch with people. I barely talk to anyone I went to school with 15 years ago unless I randomly bump into them on the street. I just don’t know how to keep friendships going with all these people year after year. It’s not because I don’t want to, it’s simply because my time is limited, I meet new people constantly and I’m never in the same place for too long. So I can’t build up these friendships where you visit each other all the time, have girls night out and shopping sprees together. It sucks sometimes, but that is just one of the sacrifices I make in order to have the lifestyle that I do. It does make me wonder, though, if anyone will show up for my funeral when that happens? Please do, peeps!
Anyway, I do have this awesome person – Marika – in my life that I stay in touch with no matter what. We were glued together when we both lived in England, but since she’s gone back to Finland and I continue to wander about trying to find the meaning of life, we don’t get to see each other much. But luckily, this isn’t a problem for our friendship.
She came to visit me when I started my long-term trip in Italy last year, so this year I wanted to come and see her. Since I’ve never been to Finland, I decided to make my way there after my two weeks of traveling in Hungary.
It was amazing hanging out with her again for 2 whole weeks and as a new thing, we have decided to meet up in a new country every year. She decides where we go next year and then we’ll take turns to decide every year – isn’t that the perfect solution and the perfect friendship? I would want everyone to have friends like that.
• Wild camping in Lapland
Oh my god, this was amazing! Without a doubt the highlight of my summer. I’ve never tried to wild camp before and I’ve never had the wish to do so, but I’m so glad I did it, because it sort of awoke something inside of me. I’ve always been wild and adventurous, but this added something new to the mix. There’s just something about setting up camp in a beautiful part of Lapland with no people around you. Cooking your dinner over a little portable gas stove, sipping tea at 3 AM from inside your tent when the rain is pouring down outside. I highly recommend that you try it and that you choose Lapland as your destination. I could have done without the mosquitoes, though …
• Setting up my own webshop
I decided to enter into a new business venture this month. Well, it’s been on my mind for a while, but I finally took the chance and just went for it. I’ve set up a webshop, LeggyLeggy, which sells affordable leggings for women. It’s totally unrelated to travel and that’s okay. It’s not an easy thing to do, but if it was then everyone would do it. It’s a learning experience and it’s hard work, but that’s what I like. I don’t know how it’s gonna go, but I’ve decided to give it a year and see what happens. Do check it out when you get the chance.
• Turning down job offers
I know it sounds weird. Surely turning down job offers isn’t a good thing? Well, in my case it is. I’m getting so many freelance job offers that I simply cannot do all of them. There’s not enough hours in the day. I have managed to build up such a great portfolio now that everything is just running smoothly. You can do the same, you know. You can become a virtual assistant, for example, as I wrote about in my eBook last year.
• I booked my trip to Scotland
I was in Scotland two years ago and I loved it so much, especially the Scottish Highlands. I’ve been dying to go back there again and preferably in the summer time. So I convinced my bonus mum to come with me – although she didn’t need much convincing! We’re going for a week in August where we’ll go to the amazing Fort Augustus in the Highland and then off to Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Let’s hope it won’t rain!
• I managed to avoid a $100+ fine on the train
I was traveling from my Dad’s house to my Mum’s house last week. I always buy my train ticket via an app as that is so much easier. I was about to buy it when I was still at my Dad’s house, but then a conversation made me completely forget all about it. I got on the train – I still didn’t realise I hadn’t purchased the ticket. I got my book out and started reading – still thinking I had my train ticket. The train conductor came to see my ticket – nope, still no alarm bells.
I got my phone out to show him the ticket and at first I was super confused when I couldn’t find the ticket. ‘That’s odd’, I thought. And then BAM! It hit me. I never purchased the ticket. A conversation with my Dad had distracted me and I never clicked the ‘Pay’ button on my phone. I completely panicked and apologised, knowing full well that these train conductors listen to bad excuses every single day. I started to prepare myself for the $100+ fine and tried to avoid thinking about what countries I could fly to for that kind of money. And then the unthinkable happened. The train conductor smiled at me, waved his hand and said: “Don’t worry about it. You have nice weekend.” And then he walked off. I was so speechless and so grateful.
Not so great things that happened this month
Believe it or not, but I’ve actually got no complaints for the month of July. I’m trying to stay more open and positive and focus on all the good things rather than dwell on the negative aspects of life.
Places I’ve been to this month
Finland and pretty much all over Lapland.
Plans for August
I’m spending most of my time in Denmark this month. I wanted to take a quick weekend trip somewhere, but it doesn’t look like I’ll have time. Besides that, I’m going to Scotland later this month.
What I’m reading on my Kindle
My poor Kindle has been neglected again. I haven’t had much time to read in July, but I promise I’ll try and change that in August. I only read 1 book in July …
The Gift by Louise Jensen
What did you get up to in July? Let me know by leaving a comment.