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"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 [...]

Four places to Eat, Pray, Love (beyond Italy, Bali and India)

There are so many special places on this planet, and I've been fortunate enough to discover many of them. Like every other "basic" girl from the states, I watched Eat, Pray, Love years ago (saw it twice in theaters) and was even more inspired to travel than I already had been.  It's hard not to constantly refer back to that story when I am reminded so often by people that I [...]

I fell in love abroad, now what?

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 things necessary to become the best version of that.  This "Independent Solo Woman" identity was solidified [...]

By |2017-05-18T08:00:09+00:00May 18th, 2017|Dear Diary, International LOVE|32 Comments

11 Surprisingly Funny Things about South Africa

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 life, not just a few days or weeks. At first, little idiosyncrasies are charming, inconveniences are [...]

By |2017-05-02T16:44:55+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Destinations, humor|6 Comments

I Skipped my Flight…

Time to come clean. As some of you know, I decided to forgo my flight out of South Africa which was booked for the 8th of this month. It's about time I  update everyone as I am getting many confused messages like: "Hey, I thought you were leaving that place?  Where in the world are you?  Aren't you supposed to be in Italy?"  I was meant to leave for Rome, Italy on June [...]

Review: The Backpack CT

As soon as I got off the plane in Cape Town, I got that feeling again...butterflies!  In my head there was music playing, people smiling and I knew...I just knew right away. "I'm really going to like this place." I traveled over 24 hours to get to Cape Town from Bangkok.  Three trains, a bus and three taxis with four flights in total and I finally made it.  Irritable and exhasuted, I [...]

By |2016-06-07T08:35:56+00:00June 7th, 2016|Destinations, From ___ with love, Reviews|Comments Off on Review: The Backpack CT

Cape Town FTW

Cape Town For the WIN I flew to South Africa just over two weeks ago fully planning on seeing as much as possible of the country during my month long visit.  I planned to drive up the Garden Route with a tour company or a rental car.  I planned to even try to get over to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and work in a quick visit to Madagascar before I leave [...]

Plot Twist! Africa…

I love the expression that goes something like: "When things don't work out the way you planned, just yell 'PLOT TWIST' and move on." This has been the theme of my life the last year, and I'm totally okay with it. Change, flexibility and openness all leads to more growth- something I want to run towards (not away from).  Through all that has lead me to this journey I've taken and [...]

By |2016-05-03T07:57:05+00:00May 3rd, 2016|Solo Female Travel|0 Comments