All Ready for New Year’s Eve in Barcelona with @GowithOh


All Ready for New Year’s Eve in Barcelona with @GowithOh

I have finally made it to the Catalonian Capital and into my beautiful GowithOh apartment. It’s everything I could have dreamed of and more, just like what I wished for in my post back in October, a wish to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona.

Apartment in Barcelona with @GowithOh

Barcelona has been a destination I have been dreaming about for a few years now, and now that I am here, everything in my life feels as though it’s coming full circle. The trip has turned out a bit different than my intention, but I am happy it’s turned out the way that it has.

To start, the trip was supposed to include all of my friends, the ones who got me through the rough patches of the year. Well, it turns out that Barcelona is a popular destination for New Year’s Eve, making airfare expensive and booked up rather quickly. Long story short, at the end of it all, though I asked almost everyone I knew, no one could make the trip.

I wasn’t disappointed and completely understood, but that would make this a solo trip. A solo trip for a new beginning, a new life. I guess it made sense, but even though I have done variations of solo travel, I had never actually done an entire trip alone. The idea of getting to a destination and not knowing anyone else was exhilarating, but also terrifying. Was I really the solo travel type? Could I actually travel this way? I felt that I could, but I’ll be honest, I had doubts.

GrΓ cia, Barcelona.

All of these doubts seemed to increase in thinking about the whole point of the trip, and in not wanting to spend New Year’s Eve alone. A lot of the emotional stress from the year has a strong connection to this particular holiday, which is why I thought I would need my friends to help me get through it this year.

After a slight panic, cured by the random playing of Bob Marley’s Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright on the radio, I realized that this was something I actually wanted to do, even if my head was getting in the way of what my heart wanted. There was no need for me to worry, everything was meant to be.

Maybe I was supposed to spend this New Year’s Eve alone, maybe the purpose of this journey was to spend quality time with myself. Sure, it wasn’t what I had in mind, but life rarely gives us what we want, rather what we need.

Flying over The Pyrenees.

I know that I have just arrived this afternoon, but combined with the time I just spent in London and what I’ve seen in Barcelona thus far, it is all turning out to be the perfect trip. Being alone and having the time to reconnect with myself after all I have been through in 2013 is not only important, it’s been necessary. Plus, I think this time will help me get exactly where I want to be in 2014.

As for Barcelona, I am looking forward to spending the next few days exploring the city and eating my way through it. My apartment is everything I could have dreamed it could be, and it’s in the perfect location for me to enjoy myself and the last few days of the year. I don’t have too much planned for the trip, which is exactly how I like to travel. I am going to let the city of Barcelona take over for the next few days, and I am really looking forward to seeing what happens for New Year’s Eve.

Either way, I think Marley was right in his advice for this trip, as well as for this year, “Every little thing is gonna be alright.”

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Comments (13)

  1. lola

    EVERYTHING is going to be more than alright, girlfriend. I cannot wait for 2014 to get under way. I know we will have many amazing adventures together but I am also looking forward to watching your year unfold. You are one of the most amazing people I know and definitely the very best part of my 2013. Happy New Year, my gorgeous friend.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Aww, thanks, Lola! You were the best part of my 2013, and I am so glad we became friends. Looking forward to the adventures in 2014! xx

  2. Stef

    That’s true! Everything’s gonna be alright and you’ll probably will have a great day. I hope you’re enjoying your first real solo trip! In my opinion it’s a really good way to review your year this year and if you don’t want to spend New Year’s alone, there’s probably an expat or couchsurfing party going on with lots of solo travellers! Have some good days in Barcelona!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Stef! I really had such a wonderful time. πŸ™‚ Happy 2014!

  3. Sara GowithOh

    Erin you are going to have a great time in BCN, the city loves “Solos”& we are so happy to host you!
    We wish a great end of 2013 and a fantastic 2014, starting in Barcelona! What a great beginning!
    Enjoy your GowithOh pad and hopefully we can meet us!

    Here’s our guide:
    And our tips:

    1. The World Wanderer

      Sara, it was so wonderful, and I am sad to be home. I didn’t mind being solo at all, and your guide was fabulous. Wish I could have stayed in the apartment forever! Maybe, I will come back in the summer. πŸ˜‰

  4. Kieu

    Every little things gonna be alright alway calms my nerves.. hehe. Aww E, you’re going to have an amazeball New Year’s with GWO! A great start to what is bound to be an epic new year, 2014. πŸ™‚

    1. The World Wanderer

      It was really perfect! Thanks, Kieu! Happy 2014! xx

  5. Fiona

    Happy New Year Erin! The apartment looks really great – here’s to lots of great adventures over the next few months!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you! Maybe we can finally meet in 2014! πŸ™‚

  6. Tawny of Captain and Clark

    Isn’t GowithOh the best? We loved their apartments and it truly makes you feel like a local. So glad you had fun!

  7. @mrsoaroundworld

    Amazing things will come your way in 2014, Erin! Here is to many trips πŸ™‚

  8. Mary Anne

    Happy New Year… you had a great start to what looks like a great year.

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