At Behere, we’re constantly inspired by the amazing women in our community. We’re thrilled to feature some of their stories and share how they’ve made traveling while working possible. From unconventional roles, to starting businesses abroad, these women have made exploring new places a priority. They share their biggest learnings, favorite memories, and advice for someone thinking about living in a new city for a month.
Today’s community feature, Mellisa Kasdras, sold her house and embarked on a great adventure. This amazing woman solo traveled through Europe for four months. She went from living in California, to exploring 9 different countries over the course of her time abroad. Along the way she took great photos, ate delicious meals, and worked on her blog, plus took some amazing side trips. Check it out below!
You decided to travel solo through Europe, amazing! What are you working on during your adventures?
“I sold my house and most of my belongings before taking on this long and exciting adventure. I started writing a blog and hope to continue writing as a creative outlet. It is called CrazyMadeline (crazymadeline.com) and has short posts about interesting and unique things in the world. I refer to it as a “culture blog”. I hope it will inspire people to travel more, to experience the world in a less touristy way.”
What does a typical day look like for you while traveling?
“A typical day for me while traveling is to always try and plan at least one thing that was new and interesting to see, do, eat, etc. It’s sometimes difficult to be a tourist/traveler every single day but there was so much to see and do, it was hard to take a day of rest! I also tried to establish a writing routine as well, while seeing the sites.”
What has been your most important learning while traveling?
“That as a solo traveler, there is nothing I can’t do. It is the ultimate feeling of independence and competence.”
How has Behere helped in your journey?
“I felt Behere was an appealing concept, that provided a local resource person and a home base, for a month at a time. This allowed me to take some side trips and have the comfort of a familiar place when I returned. It also helped with establishing a routine, with having a workspace for writing and a gym/yoga studio to work out.”
What is your favorite memory while traveling?
“It’s would have to be the month I spent in Split, Croatia. I loved the people, the food, the wine and the beautiful seaside city. While living in Split, I took a side trip to the island of Kortula and because it was during a low season for tourists, I was the only guest in the lovely little hotel in the old town. The staff treated me like royalty! I will never forget it.”
What role has traveling played in your life?
“Traveling for an extended period of time has caused me to become reflective about my life and what I want my life to look like moving forward. It is a true testament to patience, flexibility and tolerance when you are outside of your comfort zone for a long period of time. In the end, you realize that there are other cultures out there that have a unique quality of life to strive for.”
What is your #1 piece of advice for someone who’s thinking about traveling solo for a month or more?
“Just do it. Get on the plane. See the world. Never look back. It will be the best thing you will ever do.”