solo travel

Sweet Serendipity by the River Spree

Germany

As the walking tour comes to an end, our guide gives us tips on what to do next to build upon what we saw. We give him tips of Euros for an insightful tour that was well worth splashing around in the rain for a few hours. As the group disperses, suddenly the summer chill […]

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But Oh, Those Berlin Summer Mornings (and Prague Nights)

backpacking

While hosteling in Berlin, I quickly realized that even if you sit out the Saturday night partying, the party will eventually make its way to you. That was especially true in the nightlife heavy neighborhood of Friedrichshain I stayed in at the beginning of my trip. In my hostel dorm room, there was a lively […]

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Songs for the Road No. 17: The Blues and Contentment in Berlin

eats and drinks

The cloud infused evening sunlight gives the city a golden glow and the gracefulness of dusk prophesizes the night’s mood. I walk across the Oberbaum Bridge from Friedrichshain to Kreuzberg where huge murals by Blu welcome me to the neighborhood. This is my first time crossing into what used to be the former West Berlin. […]

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A First Time Solo Traveler’s Guide to Hostels

backpacking

When I travel on my own, where I choose to stay can make a huge difference in my overall experience in a location. In my second post for my solo travel for beginners series, I suggested that hostels were excellent place to begin if you want to meet people while you’re traveling solo. I know […]

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How to Meet People When You’re Traveling Solo

d.i.y. travel

I tried to play it cool at the beginning of my first big solo trip, but I was pretty nervous about the whole thing.  While I value my alone time, I can also be a very social person. Going into that trip, I was worried that I wouldn’t meet anyone that I would click with […]

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7 Reasons to Work Up the Nerve to Travel Solo

d.i.y. travel

For the last few weeks, I’ve been fielding a lot of questions about my potential summer travel plans. Many of these discussions end with an incredulous look and a comment about my ability to travel solo. I get a lot of, “I can’t believe you just go on your own!” or “I could never travel […]

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Wanderful Words No. 27: The Secret Destinations of a Trip to India

India

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber A four day wedding and a little journey across northern India, that’s all. That’s what I thought before I left. I knew challenges might accompany me on that journey, but those were largely my thoughts as I embarked on that trip. […]

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A 20 Hour Indian Train Experience

backpacking

4:30 pm The panic I felt while stuck in mind-boggling traffic is fading. I’ve made it to the Varanasi Junction station in time for my 4:45 train to Agra. I step inside, and India assaults me full force. It seems that not a single spot in the train station is unoccupied; people are sitting and […]

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