Solo Travel

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[...]

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[...]