I'm planning a trip to Europe in 2015 with a focus on exploring art museums, historic landmarks, and other points of interests. I'm considering the idea of traveling solo, or maybe finding a travel buddy (or two) with similar interests in focusing on the art and history side of things.
My idea of fun is spending many hours in front of great paintings, and sketching interesting people and scenery. It's not so much a vacation for me as it is an opportunity to learn and experience the world.
As this would be my first time out of the U.S. I would probably focus on a fairly simple (1-2 weeks) for my first excursion, though I'm still undecided. Paris, France and the Louvre Museum is high on my list. I'm particularly interested in areas that have a collection of master paintings from the 19th and early 20th century, but would also love to explore ancient and natural wonders. Italy, Greece, Spain... all sound fun.
I don't mind the idea of traveling solo, though if I could find a like-minded person to share the costs and experience with that sounds like a much better deal.
The ideal travel buddy would be:
- Around my age (25)
- A guy. (I'm a straight male) (If it becomes a small group, ladies would be welcome)
- Shares a similar passion for art, and spending LOTS of time looking at it.
- Shares a similar interest in just observing/sketching people and things as we go.
- Is serious about a career in art and improving their skills (doesn't have to be a professional yet)
- Isn't looking for a relaxing vacation or to "party". (I don't drink)
- Can travel light and cheap but also afford to share modest hotel expenses.
- Willing to share ideas and help plan the trip
- At least a little bit of a geek
A little bit more about me:
As a freelance artist, I spend a ridiculous amount of time at home in front of my computer. Living in a small town in South Carolina, there really isn't much else to do. I actually enjoy all the quiet time with my art, but also have a strong desire to travel and see the world. Our art can only be as rich as our experiences, which I think is justification enough to get out and experience more. I'm also in unique situation where I have a lot of flexibility with my time, and being single, don't have any family responsibilities. I've come to recognize that this is a freedom I need to take advantage of while it last.
So I'm putting this out there, before I make any concrete plans. This is something I'm looking to do around Spring or early Summer. Do you have any advice for a novice traveler. Would anyone be interesting in joining me? Is this a terrible idea?