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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 [...]

"My First Visit to LONDON" by HMD

London is a world famous city, and raved about in travel community for all it's offerings, sights and history.  It often shocked people that I hadn't made my way to "THE City" after so long on the road and quite a few trips to Europe, which is just a short flight away.  I put it off for various reasons, all the while knowing I'd make my way there someday and would [...]

Living like a Local in Leeds, England

In February, with plans to head back to the states by the end of March, I had about 5 weeks left to explore more of Canada (I was in Montreal), but I was really feeling the need to slow down before beginning the journey home.  The project I worked on in Canada was over and I'd already adjusted to the cold, so I thought: why not finally make my way to [...]

"How traveling redefined my priorities and outlook on life" by Hayley Jones

I can never remember a time growing up when I had a clear focus of what I wanted to do with my life.  My brother and I were very different in that way!  He was exceptionally focused and knew from a very young age that he wanted to be an entrepreneur.  Now at the young age of 24 he is the Co-owner of his very own company. I, on the other [...]

Ending 2017 with Forgiveness

As we all turn introspective and reflect back on 2017, I'm lingering on a single word that holds more weight than I can bare... Forgiveness. There were times this year when forgiveness felt like a dirty word. Packed with implications of pain, loss and emptiness, it felt like forgiveness meant I would be condoning whatever it was that happened, and opening myself up to more of it. It felt like if [...]

A Panamanian Woman with Third World Problems and First World Happiness

I met the most amazing woman a few days ago in Bocas Town, Panama. It'd been a long few days staring at my computer screen and not interacting with anyone.  I was feeling antisocial- I get like that sometimes.  When I finally emerged from my dark hole of silence, I was hit by blazing sunlight as I walked down the main street to the nearest dock.  It's so damn hot on [...]

"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

Can travel heal depression?

  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? I've had many the probing question that goes something like "But what about starting a family? [...]

By |2017-10-30T16:47:47+00:00October 30th, 2017|Dear Diary|12 Comments

Don’t be afraid to be a Black Sheep if it means following your dreams 

Isn't it funny how deep conversations can get at your hair or nail salon, ladies?  It's always been an interesting concept to me- the whole "tell a stranger your whole life story" thing- and never is that idea more prevalent for women than at their salons.  This concept applies to taxi drivers and bartenders too- they are secret keepers, information gatherers and intuitives.  Perhaps it's the feeling of ease and comfort [...]

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 [...]