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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 [...]

"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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Heartbreak and Skipped Flights 

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 in love and made myself a local. I threw my plans out the window last year...for [...]

By |2017-07-05T11:41:58+00:00July 5th, 2017|Dear Diary, International LOVE|8 Comments

Longtime (Home)Coming

You can always go home...but it will cost you. $1,100 (to be exact) and 25 hours of flight time across three continents and, easy!  Just like that, I was back home in the states.  No matter the cost, it was so worth it. Landing at the San Francisco airport after a year and four months of being totally, completely, GONE, felt so surreal.  I was watching a movie of the previous [...]

By |2016-12-02T02:55:20+00:00December 2nd, 2016|Dear Diary, Overcoming Fear, Solo Female Travel, USA|9 Comments