I will have 2 weeks in may in between my last semester which I am planning a trip to europe, mainly paris, vienna and amsterdam. I have read a small bit on female solo travel, I am beginning to learn some french and doing alot of research. I am 23, but have been living in major cities alone for several years, am pretty street smart and smart overall (at least when I compare myself to other college students)
Although planning this trip is a bit daunting I am very excited about it. I am someone who enjoys being on my own and think that I will be able to enjoy things alot more. I will also be staying in hostels and look forward to meeting some people along the way.
My parents have both told me that they are not thrilled with my plan and don''t like the idea of me doing it alone.
I tried to explain that the cities I am visiting are safer than boston (where I am now) and new york (where I have lived)) but to no avail.
I am not overly concerned about europe from what I have heard, although I am someone who is always on guard, I have taken martial arts a long time and knowhow to fight, which also does not calm myparents.
Can anyone offer some tips or advicefor me?