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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 [...]

Dear Diary, I trekked Peru’s Salkantay Trail to one of the World Wonders…and I liked it.

If you would have told me a few years ago I’d end up in Peru with a small backpack trekking up and down mountains and through the jungle (unbathed and without makeup on), I would have laughed so hard my nice red wine would have been spit out and my butt would be on the floor after falling out of my chair.  I used to be as "indoorsy" as a girl [...]

"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 [...]

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

Overpacking in South America: I’ve become the best/worst backpacker on Earth

Just over a week ago I flew out of SFO on a one-way ticket to Peru and started a new leg of my round-the-world journey. I felt more excited than nervous this time and had zero panic attacks landing abroad, like that first time two years ago in Madrid (Anyone remember? Good Lawd, what a mess). Perhaps I’m just more prepared this time...for anything. The fact is, this trip is different [...]

Unforeseen costs of long-term travel (and why I don't care)

One of my personal heroes, Elizabeth Gilbert, said "To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice," and she wasn't kidding.  Traveling is expensive, and not just for your bank account, but I agree with Liz.  It is all worth it.  I've given up a lot to travel, to keep following my dream to see every country in the world, and I don't regret a thing.  My life is an epic roller [...]

By |2017-09-21T14:15:16+00:00September 21st, 2017|Digital Nomad Life, Solo Female Travel, Travel hacks|5 Comments

People always know I'm an American abroad right away. Here's why…

There are a few things you're probably doing that make you stick out as a "typical American tourist" (effecting your favorability depending on what that person thinks of the states).  Sometimes , depending on the country I've been visiting, people love the fact that I'm American.  Other times, not so much.  It's been particularly interesting to see peoples' reactions to me being American post-election- but I won't be getting political right now, [...]

Why (and how) I started blogging

Two years ago I embarked on two different journeys that would take me to strange corners of the Earth, and my mind. One started with a backpack and a one-way ticket to Spain, but you've heard plenty about that. The other journey started with me opening my laptop one day in Portugal. Both were equally terrifying. Both have drastically changed my life. I started this "blogging thing" with little to no [...]

I've been to 33 Countries in the last 2.5 years, here are my favorites (so far)..

Outside of the question "Aren't you scared traveling all alone?!"  (No, but I was at first.  You toughen up pretty quick out there in the world!)  The next most frequent question I'm asked is: "What's your favorite country?  You must have one, right?!" I feel like I disappoint people, more often than not, when I respond with "I can NOT pick just one!  That's impossible."   I've never been one to [...]

By |2017-08-20T13:50:59+00:00August 20th, 2017|Destinations, Expat Living, Solo Female Travel|13 Comments

Life Update (and my BIG plan for Fall) 

This week marks the two year anniversary of the day I left the states on a one-way ticket to freedom. It feels surreal to be celebrating this day two whole years later, when I swear it was just yesterday.  Time is elusive isn't it?! Einstein said that time and space are an illusion. Perhaps this is an example in my life that connects me to that truth. Time flew by faster [...]

By |2017-08-15T12:50:58+00:00August 15th, 2017|Dear Diary, Overcoming Fear, Solo Female Travel|7 Comments

10 Mistakes I Made Abroad

Traveling has so many twists, turns, ups and downs, it can be hard to keep up.  There are often unforeseen issues that arise and can totally ruin your day- if you let it.  The trick?  ALWAYS keep a notebook (and your sense of humor) on hand. Personally, I've slipped up MANY times along the way, learning and taking lots of notes as I've gone along.  Amidst any given travel f**k up, [...]