Solo Travel

Finding Love in San Francisco

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I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to San Francisco, CA. The trip was all about love, but not in the two-people-fall-in-love kind of way; it was about one woman (me) and one city (San Francisco).  I have been to the City by the Bay before as a tourist on my first ever solo trip, as a cheerleader when my mom ran the Nike Women's Marathon, and as a to[...]

What it's like to Travel the World Solo as an Indian Girl

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Mark Twain once said, 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' I listened. It sounds easy, dreamy, almost like a fairytale, doesn’t it? Well that’s what it[...]

How A Simple Hello can Change Everything

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'A simple hello could lead to a million things.' This carpe diem-esque quote is scribbled on various journal pages, typed into an Instagram caption, or spoken aloud in times of uncertainty and hesitation. This is a story about one of my first experiences traveling solo, an experience that continues to affect and shape my travels one year later. It[...]

Lessons I learnt from Losing my Luggage

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As much as traveling can be an incredible and rewarding experience, it can also be very unpredictable. For example, what would happen if you lost all your belongings that you had carried with you and were left with only the clothes you were wearing? I'll tell you what - that is exactly what happened to me at Gare du Nord in Paris. It had been the firs[...]

7 Ways Solo Travel Makes You Grow As A Woman

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Before I set out to see the world, it was a far off dream, a goal I had set for myself and a desire to see the world in a new way. It was scary and it ended up happening all at once: I was alone on the road. And it’s one of the best and most magical experiences I’ve had in my life. Here are seven of the myriad things I've learned from traveling alone[...]

Solo Female Travel in India: The Ultimate Girl Guide

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Staring at my ticket, one way to Delhi, my stomach fills with butterflies, anticipation and a tiny dose of excitement. I wondered why there wasn’t more of the latter, for India had been a place I had dreamed about traveling through all my life. I wanted to wander the blue streets of Jodhpur, sit on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, meditate with Tibetan[...]

10 Things I Learned From Hitchhiking

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Let’s get this out of the way now: Yes, I hitchhiked. Yes, alone, yes, I’m a girl, yes, I’m under 25. Actually, I was under 20 when I started. Those of you who are hitchhikers as well will think this is nothing special, boring even: of course you hitchhike. How else would you get to discover tons of places at a time in your life when your bank account [...]

My Friend was Kidnapped By a Taxi While Traveling

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It was 11pm, I was lying on the bed staring at the ceiling of a seriously lacking hotel room in Panama City. My friend had left earlier to go out dancing. It was our first night in a new city and we were just starting our 3 week adventure in Central America. I was too tired that night to go out with my friend. After debating whether she should go alone or no[...]

Traveletting on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

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Moments pass like a blur through the scratched window of my airport taxi. Communist tower blocks, Russian lettering, illuminating lights at the street side, and then blackness as far as the eye could see. Ulaan Baatar was the beginning of my trip through Mongolia, Siberia and Russia, and upon first landing, the city was like no other part of Asia I had prev[...]

Dear Ex-Boyfriend, Thank You!

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At the time I lived in Los Angeles and my boyfriend had just relocated to New York. I bought a ticket to visit him for his birthday in July, but then it happened. We broke up in June. 'Crap!, I think. 'I’m certainly not gonna go to New York now, and I can’t get a refund. What am I gonna do with this plane ticket?' I thought about going somewhere else, [...]

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