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About Blushful Travels

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely traveled before. Maybe you went with your family, or with friends. Regardless, the idea of wandering makes your heart leap wildly out of your chest.

Yet, once you’re out and about with your loved ones, you have to learn to compromise. As much as you love them, you find yourself hungry for something different, being dragged behind them to another boutique or monument. All while you really yearn to explore the city on your own terms. How glorious it can be to travel on your own, free from the responsibility of others, fully experiencing a city for what it really is.

In this fantasy, you catch yourself with frightening thoughts.

“Traveling alone is dangerous.”
“There is too much work involved.”
“I don’t trust myself to make all the decisions.”

This trail of thinking is totally natural, especially as a first-time jet-setter. As you’re booking your flight across many miles and oceans, it is easy to be overwhelmed with the decisions and options available to you. I too can relate to these feelings.

When I was nineteen, I moved away from my small university in Southern California and moved to Rome, Italy on my own. Before this, I barely had any experience traveling anywhere, let alone on my own. If I can do it, you definitely can. In fact, you can do me one better. There are SO many things I wish I had known when I first started traveling.

So, now I am here, writing about this in blog form so that you can learn from my mistakes and the expertise I have stumbled into. It is so satisfying to see your intentions blossom into one hell of a trip. I can’t wait to hear about any questions/concerns you have about traveling at home, abroad, and anywhere in-between!

As always, good luck!

– Alison

My first night in Rome, 2014