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New York is Not as Overwhelming as You Think

For the longest time, I’ve been afraid of visiting New York. I've always perceived it as totally intimidating, as far as talking about 'the big city' goes. But boy, was I wrong about this place. There’s a lot of getting used to in NYC especially for a woman who lives and travels alone. But once you give it a chance, it’s not as overwhelming as it’s always made out to be. [...]

“Becoming Brave in Montreal” by Brittany Dickey

All settled into our hotel rooms, we decided to venture out into the streets of our new home for the next 6 weeks: Montreal, Quebec. We struck out on our own, thrilled to finally be walking around in the alluring city of Montreal. French words filled the air. The soft sound of a street musician’s acoustic guitar echoed from a metro entrance. Hare Krishna followers were brightly dressed and chanting on [...]

"Love, Loss and Passport Stamps" by HMD

I've had many people point out to me that they "can't just hop on a plane and go heal their broken hearts in Italy, Greece or Peru.  Who will watch the kids for God's sake?  Who will pay the mortgage?" I hate the fact that I have been kind of tunnel-visioned as I globe-trotted away suggesting everyone do the same, without offering up an accessible approach to healing.  REAL people with [...]

"My Strange Addiction: Take Off" by HMD

There have been ceaseless probing questions, primarily from my fellow Americans, about my decision-making and life choices lately, which (obviously) stems from my unsettledness and restless roaming.  I've met these Probers on the road while they were on vacation or business trips, all temporary travelers wondering WHAT ON EARTH I've been doing traveling for so long. There's one question I've faced regularly, as a nomad, that can induce an immediate headache [...]

"My new happy place in SoCal" by HMD

I found a new happy place on the West Best Coast of the United States. The perfect place to breathe, relax and retire early, or just escape from the noise of La La Land. Dana Point, California: Where have you been all my life? As I sipped my prosecco on the balcony overlooking the ocean, I wondered how I ever left sunny, beautiful California in the first place.  That's what Dana [...]

By |2018-08-07T20:09:31+00:00June 13th, 2018|North America, Solo Female Travel, USA|3 Comments

10 Things You Should Never (ever) Do Abroad

With all the lessons I've gathered up over the last three years of travel, I can say in total honesty that I know exactly as much about what NOT to do, as what TO DO abroad.  With every "travel hacking" notation I've made along the way, there's been a warning frantically scribbled on my notebook beneath it. Today, I figured I'd share a few of those "warnings" from my own experiences [...]

"What Happens When You Travel Alone As a Mother" by Paige McEachren

Having children is life changing. The love you are capable of having for your children is unimaginable. This undying love is what causes many mothers to pour so much of themselves into caring for their family that they forget to do things for themselves. My kids Recently I had the opportunity to spend time traveling alone to attend a travel writers summit. This made me come to terms with [...]

"Things I’ve noticed after returning home to the USA" by HMD

Returning home after travel brings up many emotions including, but not limited to, angst.  It's all very weird after the dust settles and you've made your initial "rounds" of reunions with friends and family.  People are "super excited your home!" until life goes back to normal and it's business as usual.  You're excited, too, and then, suddenly, you feel every ounce of the giant halt you're coming to...a screeching loud and [...]

20 Hours in Reykjavík (and what to do on a long layover in Iceland)

Well, WOW Air did one thing right in my books recently... they planted me in Reykjavic, Iceland for a day long layover. Iceland. My #2 bucket list country (next in line to Japan) and I had 20 hours to taste test the capital of the world famous island. Ready, set, GO! We landed at 10 PM. My next flight wouldn't be until 6 PM the next day. Airport shops were closing [...]

“How I stay safe and smart while I travel” by Alyse Grimm

Traveling solo can be a little intimidating for anyone, regardless of circumstance, age, gender, etc. A few small adjustments or general mindfulness can make all the difference and ensure that you aren’t unnecessarily putting yourself into harm’s way. The first few times I traveled by myself, I found myself hyper aware of my surroundings, self conscious and slightly anxious. I knew I was fine, but I couldn’t shut off the part [...]