And My Next Stop is…(Country #34)

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And My Next Stop is…(Country #34)

I hinted at the Travel Pack Panel a few weeks back that my next stop would be one that I’ve been holding out for for quite some time- and that country is….drumroll please…ENGLAND! 🇬🇧
This will be my thirty-fourth country- which feels so crazy to say.  I remember when I had a solid goal of visiting 30 countries before 30, and here I am at 28 years old checking off #34.  I have to give myself a moment of celebration and pride.  I still have an ultimate goal of seeing every country (there are currently 195), and look forward to continuing on my journey towards that goal.  I will surely remember #34 in later years when I look back on my travels, as I wanted and waiting to see it for so long.
I’ve been all throughout Europe, and even got as close as Ireland in 2016 but kept deciding to wait to come to England.  I’ve always felt that it wasn’t the right time, but knew it would be someday soon.  I wanted to come to the UK and be sure to do it all right.  With as pricey as it is, proper planning must be done- I have a strict budget after all!
I have a rough plan, now, and am excited to spend a decent amount of time seeing as much of the country as possible.  A lot has changed in the UK just in the 2.5 years I’ve been traveling (hello Brexit) and I don’t want to miss the chance to see it for what it is: a country on the brink of major social change, much like my own.  It will be fascinating, to me, to observe how society behaves and what the locals think about various issues in their country and in the rest of the world.  With an extended itinerary (about 6 weeks) I will have plenty of time to really get a feel for the country’s culture- and to soak in all the adorable sounds of the English accents!
I plan to have a “home base” in Leeds, which is in the Northern part of the country and home to a close friend of mine, Phil, who I met in Budapest back in Summer 2016.  From Leeds, I can even get a train over to Scotland in just two hours so (spoiler alert) that will be country #35.  😉
I can’t wait to spend time with friends, see England finally and challenge myself to find joy in near-daily rain.  Yes, I said that.  Also, I should probably get a good umbrella…☔️
If you’re in the UK or familiar with the country and have advice on where to go and what to see please let me know in the comments!
Also, would love to host a meet up while I am in the country as I know a good portion of my readers come from England, so shoot me a message!

Thanks for following me on this crazy round-the-world journey of mine.  Let’s go see what fun we can find in the rain…
<3 HMD

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By |2018-08-07T21:36:47+00:00February 14th, 2018|Dear Diary, Europe, From ___ with love|4 Comments

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On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.


  1. Nicole February 14, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

    This is so awesome! What a great journey you’re on….keep going!

  2. ourneverendingwanderlust February 14, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Have fun in England! Nummer 34, that is amazing! Glad you hit your goal!

  3. Bubu Backpacks February 17, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

    So exciting! There’s so much to see and do in England 🙂

  4. […] Off to England I went, to live like a local in Leeds.  I was kind of sick of being a tourist. […]

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