independent travel

And Then You Realize Why

Colombia

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 […]

Continue reading →

Escape from Cat Ba

d.i.y. travel

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 […]

Continue reading →

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 […]

Continue reading →

Deciding Where to Go Next and How to Take the First Steps Towards Getting There

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 […]

Continue reading →