independent travel

And Then You Realize Why

November 23, 2013 Colombia
Colombia - Cartagena to Medellin Magic

This cab I’m in sounds like it’s about three putt-putts away from breaking down in the outskirts of Cartagena. It’s dark, I’m by myself, and I have all my luggage with me. I’m freaking out. The driver assures me we’ll make it to my destination as even the slowest buses zoom by us, leaving us […]

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Escape from Cat Ba

May 28, 2013 d.i.y. travel
SE Asia 677

I woke up before dawn, unaware that the day would bring definitive moments to my life as a solo traveler. A few of us had decided to leave Cat Ba early to spend a little more time in Hanoi and I had opted to do the journey on my own. I took a walk along […]

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How to Meet People When You’re Traveling Solo

October 10, 2011 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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Deciding Where to Go Next and How to Take the First Steps Towards Getting There

May 15, 2010 d.i.y. travel

Oh, the places you can go. It can be overwhelming to think about how much world there is to explore. If you are lucky enough to be in a position where you have time and funds set aside for travel, it can be tricky to figure out how and where you should use them. And […]

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Atravesando Fronteras

October 6, 2009 Bolivia
Leaving Peru, entering Bolivia

July 30, 2009 Overland border crossing is all about formalities and symbolism. Real border crossing happens when you dive into a country’s customs, food, or any other aspect of a culture that pushes you to do something you haven’t done before. Nevertheless, I’m always intrigued by borders. Years of imperialism led up to lines in […]

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One Step Forward

July 7, 2009 general travel

I will be visiting Peru and Bolivia later this month. As I’ve shared this news with people little by little, I’ve realized something– I’ve reached a point in my travels where people are not surprised that I’m taking off and not concerned with where I’m actually going, as long as they have an idea of […]

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