Tags archives: travel-lessons

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 [...]

10 things I Learnt from Traveling on a Van

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On my trip to New Zealand earlier this year, I drove a camper van for the very first time. I drove it around both the wide open New Zealand countryside and through the cramped, hilly cities. It was fantastic, fun and scary at times. I learned a lot on this trip, both about operating a camper van and all the practical knowledge that comes with that, and about[...]

What Traveling with my Dad taught me about life (after almost driving me insane)

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Last year I went on an incredible trip around Zambia and Tanzania. I got showered in the spray of the Victoria Falls, I canoed down the Zambezi River, went on a three day safari, attempted to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, spend a night in a luxurious tent hotel at the edge of Ngorongoro Crater and found paradise on Zanzibar. I didn't do any of this on my own though [...]

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 first ti[...]

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 - s[...]

I Believe in Travel

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I've never really been a strictly religious person, although I have the greatest respect for those privileged enough to have found faith. Travel has always been the one constant in my life. Ever since my parents pulled me out of school aged 5 to spend 3 long months driving across Australia, me and sister bouncing along in the back seat of an old pink VW beet[...]

10 Lessons I Learned From Living in NYC That Apply to Traveling

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It's been over four years since I first landed in JFK and began to call New York home. I've lived in Midtown, the Upper East Side and now Queens. I have drank cocktails in the Meatpacking District and whiskey in East Village dive bars. I've landed dream jobs and left careers. I've broken up and fallen in love. It's a never ending adventure living in New Yo[...]

5 Things You Learn When Traveling Alone

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I was 15 years old when I had my first solo travel experience. I was going to Turkey to stay with my aunt, uncle and cousins for a month. Although I wasn't going to be living with strangers this would be a totally new experience for me. I spoke a bit of Turkish, and had previously visited my family with my parents, but I still had infinite doubts a[...]

5 things I learned from moving with two suitcases

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Being able to fit your life in two carrier bags is pitiful - at least that’s what the song “Streets of London” suggests. But what about two suitcases? Within the last two years, I have moved from my student town in Southern Germany to Leeds for five months, then back home, then to Berlin, most recently to Hamburg. Each time, it took me two suitcases to pack [...]

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