Rome, my first time
My first time backpacking was in Rome, Italy. It was everything I had dreamed about and so much more.
I met so many people, from all over the world
I learned that just because you start out traveling alone doesn’t mean that you will be alone very often. As a matter of fact, as soon as I arrived in Rome, I took a bus to the city center and immediately started chatting with the guy sitting next to me. And when I arrived at my first hostel, within minutes, a fellow solo traveler invited me to site see with him. Every day I made new friends, (usually at the hostel) and had new adventures. I will cherish those experiences forever.
I also learned that Rome is absolutely beautiful and is a great place for people to dip their toes in the backpacking life. There are tourists everywhere, it is safe, and there is so much to do.
Most importantly, if I wasn’t 100% sure before Rome that traveling was meant to be the fuel driving my happiness, after Rome I was!
Rome was the start of a beautiful intimate relationship between me and the world.
My unforgettable experiences in Rome;
Drinking wine with new friends
Taking silly pictures with a Gladiator
Visiting the Coliseum
Getting lost in the little side streets
Seeing the Trevi Fountain
Watching the World Cup finals in an Irish pub
Sleeping on the tile of my hostel floor, trying to cool down from the Italian heat
Laying on the grass under the stars with a bottle of wine and watching locals play futbol
Sharing a room and bathroom with 3 guys
Being able to drink water from all the water fountains
Eating authentic Italian food, and also some touristy not so authentic food
People watching in the beautiful Piazzas (Plazas)
….aaaand drinking more wine
I would love to know where your first time was. Comment below.