"How I Found Myself In Asia" by Danielle Read

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"How I Found Myself In Asia" by Danielle Read

Traveling to Asia at the nimble age of 19, alone, was a gamble. But unlike the flashy lights of Vegas’s pokie machines, it was a gamble that entirely paid off.
Hi, I’m Danielle and six years ago I was in a tough spot. I was halfway through a Psychology degree and in the dumps. Like many people graduating high school, I had no idea what I wanted to achieve in this world, let alone how to get there. And when I reached the halfway point of my university courses, something just didn’t feel right. My nights were spent swamped with thoughts that would keep me up for hours on end.
So what is a girl to do when faced with uncertainty? Call her mum of course.
Now, I could transcribe the conversation to you. But you’re here for the juicy stuff. So, to cut a long story short, we decided that I’d pack my bags, head off for a trip overseas and come back all warm and fuzzy with inspiration. Spoiler alert, it worked.
THE LEAP
So little ol’ me made my way to Thailand, a land that sounded more like a place to buy exotic suit accessories than a noodle dish. The colourful streets, tooting tuk-tuks, bamboo front restaurants and bustling cityscape… I felt alive.
Side note: Having since been on more than a dozen overseas adventures. My Contiki trip in Asia still remains as my favourite. Why? Because it opened my eyes to new cultures, customs, a worldly view that I had been missing, and surprisingly, myself. Asia kind of filled a gap, y’know?
THE TRIP
I remember my first night clear as day. I was all pumped up and ready to take on anything that this new land had to offer. And while the thought of traveling alone scared me more than cartwheels (my biggest fear of all), it was also completely liberating.
So there I was, standing in the hotel lobby, waiting for another member of our tour group to meet me as per Facebook’s correspondence. Finally, I spotted them and embarked into the unknown of a new, and possibly great (another spoiler, definitely great), friendship. We found a tiny restaurant where the tables were set atop ponds with glass floors. Incredible, thought newly energised me.
And then really, from there, it was a whirlwind of self-discovery, freedom, and adventure.
We sang in the streets, rode friendly elephants, splashed in crystal waterfalls, bought local produce from villages, learned traditional dancing + laughed with tribes, cruised along the Mekong, stayed in hillside huts, drank strange concoctions on the side of the road, learned how to cook authentic Thai dishes, explored Laos and met beautiful people.
We experienced the rich history of Cambodia, climbed trees and learned about UXO’s, drank Gin on rooftops, made new friends, giggled on busses, had a piano singalong, watched the sunrise over Angkor Wat, dressed up, dressed down, gave offerings to monks…
And then, just like that, it was over.
THE MOTTO
At risk of sounding cliche (and definitely a little corny), these memories will last forever. And I really do have that trip to thank for making me, well, me. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for those ten days, three countries and 30 new friends. Because if I hadn’t taken the leap, stepped out from the comfort of home, and boarded that plane, maybe I never would have found the real me.
Because I wouldn’t have even known who that person was.
So take the leap, get out there and see what travelling can do for you. I dare ya.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Readcity Founder and CEO, Danielle Read is a creative, passionate and dedicated Copywriter. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science as well as tertiary qualifications in Creative and Academic Writing, Digital Marketing and Business Management. A lover of all things literary, Danielle feels at peace when reading a perfectly structured sentence- And even more so if she’s the person who has written it! Rock and roll soothes her soul and fuels her creative fire. You’ll often find Danielle whisking her partner away on spontaneous trips and eating soup on weekends. Catch her @readcity

By |2018-08-07T19:39:39+00:00November 10th, 2017|depression, global girls, Guest Post, Solo Female Travel|1 Comment

About the Author:

On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? SheGoesGlobal.net is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.

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