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
Today I skipped my return flight to Cape Town and boarded a different one instead. If you follow me on social media you probably know where I'm headed...and it's not to return to my ex-boyfriend in South Africa. As you all know, I first traveled to Cape Town as a tourist a year ago, fell … Continue reading Heartbreak and Skipped Flights
You know what it feels like to come home after two years of travel to a place like California? Almost like an alternate reality in which you no longer fit. It feels like visiting a Stepford-type movie set, but its all real life and the "actors" are your friends, family and neighbors. WOW, they totally have it … Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock
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?
Throughout my life, despite many a long-term relationship, the word "solo" was part of my identity- I tend to walk some crazy paths others wouldn't dare...alone. And I've liked it that way, for the most part. I knew from a young age I was meant to be a strong independent woman and would do the … Continue reading I fell in love abroad, now what?
It may go without saying, but, I will point it out anyway: Living in another country is VERY different from visiting. I have been living in Cape Town, South Africa, on and off, for almost a year now and I still experience culture shock almost everyday. The difference is, now it is every day … Continue reading 11 Surprising things about South Africa
Whether you’re going on a pilgrimage to deepen your faith or you’re curious about other religions and cultures, visiting sacred places can really open your heart and mind. These places have a distinctive energy, a certain veil of mystery, and you can feel the way centuries have accumulated around them, shaping history as we know … Continue reading Guest Post: 5 Spiritual Destinations that will Change Your Life