Tags archives: solo-travel

How solo travel helped me rebuild my mental health

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For me, the conversation around improving mental health started a long time ago. I was only 14 when I had my first anxiety attack, suffering with heart palpitations and extreme mood swings. Crying in the classroom became the norm and I received next to no help from my school or doctors. For 10 years I was passed back and forth from GP to GP, getting the same[...]

The horror and joy of dining alone as a solo traveler

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I remember it like it was yesterday. My first time traveling solo was two years ago when I made my way to Thailand - and there I was, in Chiang Mai, standing on a street corner, sweating (only partly because of the 40°C heat). The one thing I dreaded about solo travel was eating alone. What would everyone else think of me, sitting there all by myself? But th[...]

Yes, you can find yourself while traveling

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I know it's a cliche - just even to mention 'finding yourself' when you write about travel. But it is true. Every travel experience I make, gives me exactly what I need, no more and no less. And it helps me to find myself. When I was younger I used to travel to escape my reality. It was almost as if I had two lives; the one that happened between August an[...]

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 [...]

How to talk to your Parents about Travel

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Let's talk about parents. Your parents. My parents. Everyone's parents. Unless you're super lucky and were raised in a household of nomads, your parents will probably sooner or later stand between you and travel. Now don't get me wrong - I am actually lucky enough to have parents who were able and willing to take me and my brothers on many vacations. They[...]