The first 30 days has past and on a daily basis I get asked “How do I do it?” Or people comment on how brave you must be to travel on your own. The honest truth is, Solo travel is sink or swim and you have to learn how to survive – who to trust, how to make friends, how to find your way around alone but that’s the greatest reward of solo travel: the personal growth.

So far i’ve been very lucky. I have met some of the most like-minded incredible people, I’ve stayed in some of the nicest hostels and seen some of the most beautiful places in the world and for that I’m very grateful.

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At first I was hesitant to book three nights at St Christophers Inn as its quite well known as a “party hostel” however as soon as I stepped in the door of the hostel I knew I made the right decision.

The check in desk was always very busy however nothing seemed too hard for the staff and they were always willing to answer any questions/queries. Check in is at 2pm and check out is 10:00am.

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Located in the Valencia Old Town is The River Hostel.

Pulling up to the Hostel in an Uber I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the building was and it was surrounded by large palm trees.

Check in is at 2:30pm.

Check out is 11:00am however for only 2 euros per hour you can check out later, based on availability.

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As the weather was nice I decided to walk from the Malaga-Maria Zambrano train station to the Hostel. I put the location into my google maps and walked for around 15 minutes to which it said I had arrived at the Hostel. After some confusion with the maps and finally locating the entrance I was surprised to see not a lot of signage out the front. As I was arriving in the day this wasn’t much of a problem however to someone arriving at night this would make it quite difficult. In addition to this there is no reception desk on the ground floor. You need to take the lift to level 4 and check in.

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The first thing I noticed when I arrived at Hostel One Catedral was the beautiful ceramic tiles covering each wall. The different colours brought brightness to the room. The reception desk itself is located directly in view as you walk in.

The large open space is decked out with sofas and a large table where all the guests can come together for dinner in the evenings or have a catch up after a long day of site seeing.

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My first thought when I arrived at The Hat was WOW!

I arrived at The Hat around 9:30am to check in and drop off my bags. Being 9:30 in the morning my room wasn’t quite ready however the staff were kind enough to store my bags and allow me to have a shower which was much needed after 30 hours in transit from Australia. From the moment I walked into The Hat I was instantly happy. The staff were smiling and very welcoming. The decor of the hostel was rustic and absolutely beautiful. It looked more like a hotel than a hostel. I was also pleasantly surprised when the staff upgraded me to a six bed female dorm rather than the 10 bed mixed dorm that I’d booked.

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OK so you’re probably wondering what drove me to be so crazy and quit my 9 to 5 job. Firstly ill start off by saying, quitting was one of, if not the most exhilarating and terrifying experiences of my life.

What made me do it? After returning from overseas late last year it was obvious I caught the travel bug. I knew I didn’t want to wake up every morning and work my life away at a 9 to 5 job and regardless of what people think the honest truth is that life is short. What terrifies me most in life is the fact that the clock is always ticking. Each day passes and you’re getting older.

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