solo 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 […]

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Lives Less Ordinary: The Fascinating People I Met While Traveling in Colombia

Colombia

At the beginning of solo trip, you may feel like Dorothy arriving in Oz — you’re on your own and disoriented, but before long, you’re surrounded by an unlikely cast of characters who help you through your journey. Quite often, these people make the trip just as much as the destination itself. In Colombia, I […]

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Wanderful Words No. 30: Adventure as a Destiny

Colombia

“And how did you get around the country?” my coworker asks me after I’d filled him in on most of my basic Colombia trip details. “Entirely by bus,” I respond, waiting for him to grimace in response. He is a seasoned traveler who tends to seek out a more luxury travel experience. Although he hasn’t […]

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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 […]

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Getting my Solo Traveling Feet Wet in Bangkok

solo travel

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown […]

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Wanderful Words No. 28: The Grandeur of Traveling Slowly

slow travel

Nose pressed against the window, you watch the world go by. Maybe you’re in a train or a bus or a boat. On one side of you, you might have a seatmate who wedges a strange sack of goods where your leg room should be. Or a heavy sleeper whose wobbly head insists on using […]

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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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