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Solo Travel in Europe

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A while back a friend proposed the idea of me traveling alone. I thought the idea was crazy and dismissed it. I was in my young twenties and was honestly too scared. 2007 rolled around and I decided to take a trip back to Italy. My first since studying abroad. I brought two of my best friends along to show them some of my favorite parts of Italy. This is when I first started waking up early to photograph. I thought this would be a good way to explore the city solo and get out of my comfort zone. To my surprise my two friends willingly woke up early to join me. I was happy to have them along but still wanted the experience of being alone in a city. They could sense that I wanted to stay in Italy since I had been talking about how much I loved my time abroad. At one point they both encouraged me to just stay and not come come. That would be crazy I thought… or would it be?

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Either way the seed had been planted knowing that I had the support of two of my best friends. I lost my job shortly after in 2008 and really wanted to follow my passion for being a travel photographer. Sometimes its other things that push you outside of your comfort zone. I have always been grateful for that little push. What did I have to loose? It took me a while to figure out my footing how I was going to make it happen and in the end of 2009 I decided I was going to go to Paris. Yes my family thought I was crazy but once I get an idea in my head its hard to let go of it. So I started planning. This was just a short trip 10 days total but my first solo trip abroad. I went using unemployment money and airline miles from my previous job. I did a lot of research on an inexpensive hotel and booked a ticket.

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My high school French teacher taught us how to use the metro and it all came back to me. This was my first photo as my arrival to Paris back in 2010. I remember it vividly. I was so excited to explore and can’t remember being nervous at all. I photographed the city from morning to night for a total of 8 days. I learned to much about the city by walking and exploring. Everything was new and exciting. I remember walking around the eiffel tower and thinking ” I wonder what it would be like to live here and be inspired by this every day?” That of course planted a seed to my move to Paris in 2013. After the trip I came back to Chicago and started really working on my etsy shop posting photographs and selling them. I can’t say it was overnight it took a little while to figure things out but by the following year I was completely on my own financially as a travel photographer. That was a lot scarier than going to Paris solo.

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When I talk to friends and strangers about solo travel the first thing they mention is fear. It can definately be scary going outside your comfort zone. The next couple posts I will talk about Staying safe while traveling, eating alone, perks of traveling solo and more. I would love to know your thoughts have you traveled alone? Love it or hate it? If you haven’t what’s holding you back?

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Italy Tour 2015

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As my Paris plans are finalized I left myself a week in Europe to travel outside of France. I have plans to visit Amsterdam which I will be meeting my Aunt. I am excited as we have both never been. At the end of my trip I have plans to explore more of Italy. I studied abroad in Florence years ago and took two of my best friends to the Amalfi in 2007 but its been so long. I am planning on flying into naples exploring the amalfi coast and then heading up north. I will try to explore as much as possible in a weeks time and eat as much pasta and gelato as I can. If you have any favorite cities/hotels/restaurants in Italy that are absolute musts I would love to hear them. Also Amsterdam recs are welcome too! xo

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Happy 2015 to you all

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This past year was filled with challenges and triumphs. I traveled to Paris (a few times), Rome, Florence, Reims, New York City, Miami, and Chicago. I don’t know where I will be headed this year just yet but I will be sure to update you soon. I am happy to close a chapter or two and look forward to what 2015 has in store.

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“once a year go someplace you have never been before” Dalai Lama

Where are you traveling to this year?

Happy Monday – 40% off sale Extended

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For those of you who aren’t blog readers or email checkers on Sunday I do apologize if you missed the 40% off sale in the etsy shop. Lucky for you I extended it until tonight at midnight. That photograph you have had your eye on can be yours! Enter code JOY40 at checkout www.rebeccaplotnick.com

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Behind the Paris doors

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On my walk today I found one of the beautiful wood Parisian doors open. I thought I would share the view inside as I seem to always post the outside colorful doors. The doors aren’t usually open like this so I took a few quick shots and went on my way

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Chez Julien in the Marais

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Chez Julien in the Marais

Paris Cafe Chez Julien found in the Marais. A seat outside is a perfect spot for a coffee and people watching

An evening at Cafe de Flore

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One of my favorite places in Paris to sit and have a coffee and people watch is Cafe de Flore. If you are in the area of St Germain. I recommend a stop here. You never know who you will see outside. I ran into Karl Lagerfeld one night!

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