Solo Travel

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[...]

Traveling Alone and the Myth of Loneliness

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It is true that one of the reasons why I usually travel alone is that my potential travel buddies either don’t have the time, the money, or simply the same interests as me. However, the main reason why I prefer to travel alone is that it gives me freedom to do what whatever I like at my own pace. For me, the best benefit of traveling alone is the independ[...]

10 things I learned when I solo cycled around New Zealand

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When I graduated from university in August 2015, I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career. What I did know was that I needed to escape. That I needed to travel far, far away from the chaotic streets of London, where I had been living for the past four years, to somewhere wild and exotic, mountainous and rugged. I chose New Zealand, because it was my mum[...]

Camping Tips for First-Time Solo Campers

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Across the way, young men and women sat around a roaring bonfire, laughing and listening to music. Their rugged trucks were parked at angles around the campsite, shielding them from the chill evening wind. Next to my beat-up four-door sedan, my own fire pit was empty and cold. When I decided to take a spontaneous solo road trip up the British Columbia coast [...]

What's it's like to Travel the World as an Arab Woman

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In the beginning... I will never forget my first trip abroad when I was 16 - I went to Paris with my parents. It was the first foreign country I visited and I might as well have gone to a different planet. My love for travelling started at a very young age and I began to go on solo trips when I was still working in a bank. The cultures, people and exper[...]

Inspiring Women Travelers: Sissi Korhonen cycles through South America

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I love meeting inspiring women travelers - even if it is just online. And because I don't like to keep their stories to myself, I love writing up our conversations for our inspiring women series. Sissi Korhonen reached out to us a few weeks ago, asking about guest posting for our blog, and casually wrote the sentence, 'I will be away from internet connect[...]

Traveling the World - A Filipina Perspective

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The greatest advice my grandfather told me was: “Don’t stop wanting to see the world.” And in those moments he said it, big-eyed with wonderment, an incoming high school freshman version of myself wondered what he meant. It’s been 10 years since then, and safe to say, I’ve taken his advice to heart. I've taken numerous trips around the country while co[...]

How to Get Comfortable with Traveling

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I'm not talking about homesickness here - at least, not entirely. Traveling is one of my main passions in life, and yet I still experience an uneasy restlessness when I'm in a new place. It doesn't matter how amazing the destination is, I simply cannot settle. It's something we don't like to talk about for fear of being regarded as less of an '[...]

20 Things To Go Do By Yourself

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There is something to be said for doing things alone, for forging your own path and moving through life to the beat of your own drum. It is a trait we admire in solo adventurers like Cheryl Sayed in 'Wild', or the brave young man Christopher McCandless as he enters the woods never to return home again in 'Into the Wild.' There is something alluring and magne[...]