Solo Travel

This is why you should use Tinder while you are traveling

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I had downloaded Tinder many times in the past, I swiped left and right and enjoyed chatting with guys but when the time came to meet in person, I always got too scared and chickened out. Following that, I deleted the app. I am an introvert and shy, so it is always much easier to talk to someone new by text. The thought of meeting a total stranger though,[...]

10 unmissable experiences to turn your first solo trip into a life-long memory

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I recently went on the first holiday in years. Now, you might wonder whether I've lost my mind - because clearly I am a travel blogger who travels a lot and goes on 5-10 trips per year. And to an extent that is true - I travel loads, get to experience different cultures and countries and share my experiences here and on my own blog. But that's not a holiday.[...]

How a Solo Trip to New York helped me to mend my Broken Heart

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I was tired and full of self-doubt when I landed in New York. Was it the right decision to come here? Shouldn't I have just called off my trip and gone home instead? Am I really the horrible, egotistical  person my travel buddies made of me? This trip to New York should have been the grand finale of a six week trip around the US with two friends, but then[...]

Overcoming Fear: traveling overseas, alone and for the first time

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As a Guatemalan, I still cannot figure out why since I was a teenager I have always felt fascinated by India and its culture; nevertheless, one of my biggest dreams was always to go visit. In 2012, while finalizing a project at work the travel bug hit me hard and I rejected another job offer just to go to India. I thought, if I don't it now, I never will! [...]

How Delhi Broke My Travel Spirit

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“You win. F*cking Delhi, you win.” I was standing somewhere in Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India. Around me: pure chaos. At least to me. Women in colorful saris were shopping for fruit, buying freshly-made Aloo Tikki from loudly shouting street vendors, men in kurtas pulled carts full of fabric through the crowded streets, street performers balanced on[...]

10 Things I wish I'd known before my First Solo Trip

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With age comes wisdom. I've been traveling - not always, but very often solo - since I finished high school. Back then I just grabbed my backpack, which was usually too heavy, stuffed some naiveté in a tote bag and just went for it. It was a rocky path of travel fails, missed opportunities, a few small regrets and sometimes just sheer luck. To travel itself [...]

The art of solo travel & publishing my first book

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This is not a guide on how to get a book published. I said it first because I wanted to get that out of the way. As much as I would like to give advice on the matter, I can't because quite frankly I don't have a clue even though I did it (you will see very soon why...). However, this is a post that will hopefully inspire you to a) solo travel b) follow your [...]

Growing up on the road: A travel memoir

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My sister Debbie recently visited me at home in Berlin. She had just finished high school and was about to embark on a summer (and perhaps a life) of adventuring and solo travel. Now she's off to Nairobi, Kenya for three months, followed by an Interrail trip through Eastern Europe. She has always been my little girl and it's so, so, so strange to see her gro[...]