How post-exam stress got me to impulsively plan a 5-day solo trip to Québec over Christmas break

Alright, alright, I’ll admit that I’ve some (many) quick and impulsive decisions in the past but nothing quite like what I am about to share with you right now.

On Dec 14, 2018, whilst in the midst of chaos with first semester midterms and assignments, all due within the next two days-or-so might I add, I found myself on the verge of an absolute meltdown. And, unlike my usual stress relieving methods (which may or may not include a lot and I mean a lot of high-intensity dancing which is another story in and of itself), I ended up wide awake at 3AM on my laptop, frantically searching for budget friendly Christmas destinations (why? you might ask, I have no idea).

After searching Google for about an hour and a half, I ended up coming across a Pinterest thread full of photos capturing the iconic and picturesque German Christmas market in little ol’ Quebec city and let me just say, it was definitely love at first sight. So, I did what any other sane penniless university student would do; I whipped out my credit card and bought myself a sweet vacay.

I cannot stress how necessary that trip was and to be quite honest, it was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made thus far. It gave me the opportunity to not only practise my French, make new friends, but most importantly, get out of my comfort zone!

Many people find solo travel to be lonely and a bit sad but I say it’s frickin liberating! No curfew, compromise, or concerns if the other person is down to do whatever it is that you want to do at any moment. It also gives you space to find clarity and as cheesy as it may sound; it gives you the space you need to find yourself without all the background noise.

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