One of the most frequent things I hear from people I meet around the world is this: "Id love to do what you're doing but couldn't ever find the guts to actually do it. You are soooo brave." I respond in two ways. In my head: Am I really though? Half the time I … Continue reading Goodbye Fear, Hello World
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 … Continue reading “How I Found Myself In Asia” by Danielle Read
I met the most amazing woman at my hostel in Cusco. Canadian and every bit as polite as the stereotype says, you can feel this woman's warmth from across the cold room. I actually saw her arrive and could feel something odd about her- in a good way. She floated by me on her way … Continue reading Pain vs. Diamonds
Throughout my travel journey, from inception of the idea to booking the ticket and following through to now, I have had my fair share of crazy looks from people. I've experienced judgement on judgement in all forms, coupled with praise. Like all other things in life, you take the good with the bad, right? … Continue reading Can travel heal depression?
I recently had a near lifelong friend tell me something I can't shake. You ever have one of those conversations that lingers for days and weeks after they happen? We'd had a few cocktails and all kinds of truths were coming out. The good, the bad and the ugly. I relished in all of it, … Continue reading “F*%#ing Perfect”
Sorry for the overused, hashtag-ery title but it's more than fitting for this post and, try as I may, there's no better way to describe the theme of these past two weeks. I embarked on a true journey when I got on board the Viking Star and not just one about travel. It turned out … Continue reading Lost and Found at Sea- My Experience with Viking Ocean Cruises
They say "Pain is weakness leaving the body." I've always been hesitant when taking advice from the omnipotent "they," but this little nugget of wisdom has always stayed with me. From long hauls carrying The Backpack, aka Big Red, around the world, to break ups and career challenges, to everything else that hurts just a … Continue reading Pain is weakness leaving the body, right?