My 5 Favorite Travel Experiences

Traveling changes us. That’s a fact. Going to new places, seeing all these interesting countries and meeting these people who have been raised so differently when compared to your childhood. Traveling is full of amazing experiences and if I had time I would love to share all my own with you and hear all of yours.

Recently my travel blogger buddy from DreamsVoyager wrote post about his best travel experiences. In the end he asked everyone to share the first 5 travel experiences that come to their mind. So, here I am copying him and answering this question. What are my 5 favorite travel experiences?

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5. Rainy Gdansk with princess umbrella

I never found inspiration to write about my Gdansk trip so you haven’t even heard about my unfortunately meeting with ‘umbrella man’. Maybe I will share that funny story with you sometime soon? Well however, it was raining in Gdansk during my trip. And when I say raining I mean RAINING. There was water everywhere and I was almost considering not going outside at all one day. In the end I went and it’s one of my favorite travel experiences so far.

I took tram from the city center to close-by beach. I had my white lace-heart-rose-ribbon decorated umbrella with me (all blame for buying that cute thing goes for the umbrella man…) and my sneakers had huge holes in them. Not so good outfit for rainy beach. It was almost the last tram stop and I was only left in the carriage. When I exited the tram I saw no one. It was raining, there was mist in the air and not even single person anywhere. I walked through small place looking like a ghost town before seeing the sea. Have I ever mentioned how much I love sea?

After that I walked along the empty beach, sat down every now and then to the towel I had smuggled out of the hostel and just enjoyed life in the rainy weather. It just felt magical. I continued walking until I came to long wooden pier. It was my first time seeing one in person and I fell in love. Old wooden piers are just thing to live for. So pretty, magical and like from storybook. After a while I was freezing and all my clothes were wet.

I decided to find the tram again and leave but then small cozy looking restaurant by the sea took my attention. Of course I went inside. It was empty expect the workers. Handsome looking waiter took my order and came soon back with warm ginger chai tea and cheesecake. I ate while watching the sea and started writing this story that had been in my mind for a while. It was so simple and still so perfect.

I have so many moments like this and if I could I would list all of them as my favorite travel experiences.

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4. All the people I meet and things I learn from them

I am totally introverted but I also love meeting new people and talking for people that come from different culture or just different place than I. Mostly I have met these people in hostels or through funny travel situations. In the other hand lately I have been talking for super cool people because of my blog and even been brave enough to meet someone face to face. I never thought that I would be able to connect with so many people just because I am writing to internet. (I am always happy to talk with other travelers so feel free to start conversation for example in FacebookTwitter or in Instagram‘s private messages. Just be warned that I am and will always be super shy and awkward!)

However, just meeting these people isn’t my favorite thing. Learning something new and unexpected from these people made meeting all of them one of my favorite travel experiences. So what have I learned? EVERYTHING… I once listened three hours when German guy taught me and two Korean dudes how they learn hiragana and katakana (Japanese alphabets) in Germany. May sound dull but I had amazing night.

On the other hand, I have learned a lot about different cultures and things to do and not do in countries I didn’t even know existed. A few times other hostel guests have tried to teach me how to cook. That never works out but at least I get to taste tasty food. Sometimes you meet people who know something really special. Once I got some tips from this professional travel magazine photographer and another time older lady with her 5 years old grandchild taught me how to make origami.

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3. Concerts, gigs and music in general

If you have been reading my blog for some time you may know (or if you are new: hello welcome, now you will learn something new about me!) that I love music and especially listening to live music. When I say music I really mean all kind of music from classical symphonies to hardcore rock. This is why music has made its way to my top 5 travel experiences list.

The photo above is from my Japan trip. I saw that group playing drums million times while they were having street performances around Harajuku. I had to stop and listen every time. My first trip to foreigner country without my family was to see Super Junior’s concert in London. I had amazing adventure with my friend and the concert was totally worth all that money and traveling.

I have a lot of music related travel memories. If possible I always try to go to local gig or concert while in new country. In Brighton I didn’t even have to find the music because it came for me. I was staying in hostel and that hostel had also local lively bar. That nice small bar also had live performances every freaking evening. If you have ever been in hostel, you know that those buildings are never soundproof. So, when I was hanging out in my hostel room at 7pm or trying to sleep at 2am, I had to listen these local bands and DJs. Funny thing was that I was able to hear it as loudly as if I had been standing in the bar…

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2. Leaving for my first solo trip

There is no feeling like standing alone in the airport with your too big suitcase before sunrise. More rational people would have first gone for shorter sole trip but I decided to start from the extreme. Three months alone in Japan living in hostels. I didn’t speak the language. I had never even lived alone. I was just lost 20 years old girl who had no idea what to do with her life.

It was crazy to sit alone in the plane and know that after 24 hours and a few layovers I would be alone in Japan. This 24 hours of flying goes to my best travel experiences list. I have never felt so alive and I will probably never feel like that again. Being first time alone, just surviving by yourself, is amazing scary experience that changed me as person. 

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1. Getting lost in abandoned amusement park

And then number one in my travel experiences list. Accidentally visiting abandoned amusement park and getting in trouble! This is memory that will forever stay in my mind. If you haven’t yet read the whole story, check our my three too long and boring posts about this mishap. Seeing abandoned place is always special. Place that is left by humans and taken over by the nature.

This travel experience was even more special because of the people I met. All those polices and driving crazily small streets in their police car while they asked me all kind of funny questions and gave touristy travel tips. People who went inside the amusement park before me. And of course talking with fellow travelers in hostel afterwards and laughing for my adventure. It may have been against law and I may have gotten in trouble but I would probably do it million times again to just experience all this.

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These are my favorite travel experiences but like Anub did in his post I will now throw the ball for you. What are your favorite travel experiences? Don’t think too much. First five things that come to your mind. What amazing things have you experienced? 

I hope you are having an amazing day!
With love,

Viivi Severina

17 thoughts on “My 5 Favorite Travel Experiences

  1. Such a great read. Hit the nail on the head. Learning, learning learning. Favourite travel experiences are when things go slightly side ways, it’s the struggle that makes for a lasting impression. You can usually laugh about it later, if not sooner!

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    1. Traveling would be boring if we just did everything by the book and never got in trouble! Thank you and I hope you will have amazing adventures ahead of you 🙂

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    1. I agree with you. It is amazing to see that we are all just humans. We may live in different worlds and believe in different things but in the end we are all similar. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. I really like that these are rather simple, beautiful things than big, over-the-top, Insta worthy events, you know? Like, skydiving in Switzerland or something. Which is probably pretty cool, but it’s not something everyone can do or relate to.
    Anyway I like this idea, I might steal it 😀

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    1. I think the simples things in our lives can also be the most amazing. Happiness at least for me comes from enjoying all those stupid small experiences. Thanks for commenting and feel free to steal this idea because I also wrote it after “stealing” it 😀

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  3. That’s a beautiful write-up! I could so relate to being alone on the airport with your too big suitcases!!! I’d done my trip only till musoorie, but was an experience I could never forget! and agree to the fact your surviving,excited,scared and all possible things happening to make you completely independent!

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    1. Traveling solo is just something you only can understand if you have ever traveled alone. Well, I think traveling is always traveling whatever you travel to the other side of the world or just to the other side of your home town. Both places are full of possible adventures. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  4. This is such a great read. I loved your posts about the abandoned theme park, I think it’s one of my all time favourite reads on the internet!
    I might have to follow suit and post my top 5 experiences too (because I haven’t posted anything for a while!)

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    1. Thank you so much! You don’t even know how much that means to me. There isn’t really any other travel memory that can top my abandoned amusement park adventure. It was amazing experience…

      You should definitely write about your experiences and if you do (and I don’t see it) feel free to link it here because I would love to read your post. 🙂

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  5. I can certainly see why these are your favourite experiences! 🙂 I secretly love the rain… Being from the UK it rains ALL the time… One of the reasons we like to escape to the sun!! However, whenever it rains on a long trip it reminds me of home and I sort of love it haha 🙂

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    1. I can kind of understand you! Because everyone in Finland hates snow but every year when it starts snowing we are all in awe 😀 thanks for commenting and I hope you will experience amazing things while traveling (or not traveling) 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Believe me, I am as surprised as you are about the fact that I ended up going inside the abandoned amusement park. Usually I am scared to death of things like this… (I can’t even watch horror movies alone or with someone else!)

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  6. Just perfect and awesome pics! Wish I knew how to take pics like that! 😀 ..Your first solo trip was really admirable! I can never think about doing that when I was 20! Thank you for sharing these and keep up! 🙂

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    1. My pics aren’t that good but I am glad you like them. And you can take photos at least as well as I can! I love the ones you took here in Scandinavia… And I think you would have survived traveling as well as I did if you had gone at age of 20 🙂

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