Het, I'm going to assume that like most people on this board, you are somewhat younger than I am.
When I was your age, young lady...no just kidding. When I was in my 20s, I travelled just about everywhere by myself, including Egypt, Greece and various parts of the US. I even, at the risk of losing a job thatI loved, spent 5 weeks studying Italian in Perugia.
The medical school in Perugia is attended by many Iranians.
This was the summer of the Iranian Hostage crisis.
I got into all sorts of trouble that summer (which I refuse to talk about here}. And...
I had a great time doing it and came away a far better person.
Carpe Diem! Go with your instincts. Its well worth it!
Be Braver in your body, or your luck will leave you. DH Lawrence