When I was in my twenties and thirties, I exercised faithfully as if it were my religion. If I skipped just one day, I was certain my body would go to “fat hell.” Focused. Driven. I was a slave, obsessed with repenting the sins of fat. And yet, a part of me enjoyed this sadomasochism. As a dancer and a collegiate volleyball player (only one year), this intense physicality gave me an endorphin high… A (more…)
Teaching overseas takes courage. It’s not easy to take a blind leap to teach in a country you know little about, without out knowing factors of how or where you’ll live or what the work environment will be like. With any country and no matter how good something sounds on (more…)
What souvenirs should you buy on your trip to Korea?
A while ago, I wrote a post on my top 5 favorite Korean souvenir gifts and they still hold true to today, with a few additions. Korea has a lot of cool things to buy. But sometimes it’s hard telling the difference between what’s “Korean” and what’s just “Asian”. This (more…)
When I stepped outside the Suwon Station, my eyes grew wide, astonished. Suwon was a sprawling mecca of buses going here, there and everywhere! It was a much larger city than I thought and it presented quite an itinerary for (more…)
How many times to do you feel nervous about walking around and doing things, when you’re only dressed in your towel? What freaks me out is the thought that at any moment, that towel I’ve tucked in could unexpectedly fall, (more…)
Would you take a funky car service with a pink moustache over an expensively boring yellow cab? If so, this next tip might be for you. If you’re traveling through the U.S, you know that it’s not always easy to get around most cities without a car. On my
I’d like to dedicate my first guest post to all of you, who are budget planning that exotic trip to China and would love some insider tips on where to start. Agness Walewinder both, lives and teaches in China and will be your local budget travel insider, showing you what could be your next […]
How to Successfully Avoid taking Airport Taxis (If you can’t see this video, click here) After my video tips about taking the bus, some of you asked what transportation alternatives there were to avoid airport taxis.
Civet Coffee: Would you buy Bali’s most expensive drinkable poop? When I think of coffee, Indonesia doesn’t generally come to mind. Images of surfing, temples, beaches, rice fields and forests all surface… but not coffee. Not until now, as I’ve just learned that Indonesia has the stamp on one of the
Types of Transportation in Myanmar / Burma If you’re not seeing this video, click here. Many travelers want to know how to get around in Myanmar? For a female solo traveler without a guidebook or a hard-set plan, getting aroundMyanmar didn’t feel difficult… at all. Using the
Do you need to learn the language of the country before moving there? Sometimes I find myself making more excuses not to do something, than to do it. It’s all unconscious, of course… worry, self-doubt, fear and/or anxiety. I usually start with “WHAT IF” and end with either, “…I’m not enough” or “…I can’t.”
Bali has been a long time tourist getaway… a tropical island of natural beauty, gorgeous resorts, yoga retreats and easy-going beaches… a peaceful fling. Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love put Bali on the map as a solo gal’s romantic “finding
When we can’t find inspiration or motivation within ourselves and for our dreams, we look for them outside. Like a good horoscope or a bible of proverbs, inspirational quotes are guides and reminders that help align us to the path
Moving abroad : Deciding what’s the best country for you to live in? The travel Q & A topic today is: ” Exchange Programs: How to decide where to live abroad?” I got an interesting letter from 15 year old Caprice, who lives in Australia. She has a huge decision to make about what country she should […]
Will the seats be cramped? Is there a toilet on the bus? What if I get sick? Is it safe? A lot of solo travelers, let alone travelers in general, experience reluctance towards the idea of taking a night or sleeper bus.
It was 3 am (yes, in the morning) and I wasn’t quite feeling the humor of the situation I was in, being jostled in the back of my “taxi”. My head bobbled between fatigue and silent petrification, as I bounced along deserted streets, in the back of a wagon. What was I thinking? Why did […]
. 2013 was a hot year, literally and figuratively. It’s like the whole year I was sweating. Not only did I travel during summer’s peak heat, but it goes without saying that 2013 was a rough year for me. Humbling, cruel, grueling… It was as if hell turned up the thermostat for my roast and […]
What cool gifts can you get a GRRRL (or guy) traveler for the holidays? Well, looking into 2014, I have three big predictions, which determined the GRRRL’s top 10 travel gadgets for 2014!
Myanmar can be a hit or miss in meeting expectations. The fact it’s finally opened it’s doors to tourism is hype that has every backpacker running to it, without really knowing why. Untouched is the magnetic word. But the country is very touched, quickly
I’ll cut straight to the point. I felt like quitting. I felt like quitting this blog… and many other things about my life.
Solo Travel Tips: How to Catch a Bus in a Foreign Country | Myanmar I love traveling by local bus when I visit a country.! So far I’ve traveled by bus through almost all the countries I’ve visited in the past four years. It gives me a chance to see and experience a city’s […]
VIDEO: How to Deal with Travel Scams . Are you prone to travel scams? How do you avoid scam artists? How can you deal with travel scams if you ever get into them? These are thoughts, which continually makes us question our safety as travelers and solo travelers. In some cases, questions like these can paralyze
VIDEO: How to Get your Myanmar Visa in Bangkok There was nothing so easy as applying for a same day Myanmar visa in Bangkok. Okay, well maybe some things, like paying an agency to do it for you.
Watch Clever Travel Companion review, so you know what I’m giving away! I’m super excited. You know why? This is where I finally get to offer you readers and viewers more than just eye-service. I’m having my first GRRRLTRAVELER giveaway! Woopta!
VIDEO: 8 Safety Tips for Solo Travelers (Travel Survival Tip #5) by Christine Kaaloa This is the second part of my Travel Q & A to the two-part question asked by a YouTube viewer : What are some safety tips that I’d recommend for solo travelers? In the last video post, I spoke about a […]
Surviving Japan. Is it possible to make it out of Japan with your wallet? As I mentioned in my Tokyo on a Budget post, it seems that travel costs are more related to individual travel style , how much you want to spend and where you want to splurge.
Uh oh ohhh… Here it comes. The feeling of power ripped through me as a surge of exhilaration. The boat was bouncing, skimming off the waters, but that wasn’t it. Ohhhh…Wow! I wanted to scream. The feeling was overwhelming. But maybe screaming was too much. I didn’t want people to hear. I didn’t
I’ve long been waiting to visit Japan. But I kept holding myself back. Why? Everyone I’ve spoken to came back to report one thing, “Japan is expensive.” How expensive? One brave friend recommended a budget of $100/day in Tokyo! Someone else termed it wallet rape.
Traveling to multiple countries? Changing climates? Looking for ways to put your luggage on a diet? I’m a big fan of packing light and smart. Versatile and convertible fashion accessories can go a long way, when you’re on the road and the constant go.
A few months at most… I’ll go back home just long enough to find another job to get me back to Korea.” That’s what I told myself. Returning to the U.S. was the furthest thing from my plan.
My Hindu astrologer in Dharamsala quoted a year. I had difficulty believing him. A year later,… the stars were right.
I’ll admit, there are times being a solo traveler at night can feel like… well, a single gal alone on a Friday night!
All the world is aglow with friends and drunken laughter. Meanwhile, you’re either standing outside in the cold envying the social fun indoors or in your guesthouse painting your toenails the color of ‘wishful thinking’! Times like this, it’s hard not to occasionally feel… lame.
Well, nuh-uh. It doesn’t have to be this way.
There’s a mystique around female solo travelers. We’re an anomaly and yet, our numbers are growing. Traveling alone, I meet all types of journeying women: from reluctant to experienced, to the newbie ready to cling to the first companion that reaches out. I’m no more or less brave than any of them.
Travel friends have been curious how I budgeted for my several months on the road and how much I spent on India and Southeast Asia. Okay, let’s start with the general topic of budgeting.
When I started out, the idea that I’d be traveling long-term didn’t click in. I actually thought I’d be on the road for a much shorter period. So, I got a crash course.
200 baht, 200 baht! I give you deal. Buy one drink and you see all the acts! You not get this kind price from anyone else.
The skinny Thai man quoted, whipping out a standard laminated menu: 1. Pussy shoots ping pong,…
Long-term solo travel. I wouldn’t call it easy. Being homeless and living on the road is hard work!
By my sixth month, my travel enthusiasm began fluctuating. I was still thrilled by the unending travel adventure I was living; but also, starting to feel run down from shouldering the constant responsibility of it.
If anyone thinks tromping through India will be like traveling any other country, think again. Here are some things I found useful on my trip. Here are 5 Travel Must-Haves for India:
At 6 AM. the morning fog was lifting off the lake. Devotional music poured joyously over the loudspeaker of a neighboring temple and echoed eerily, as fly-by birds bore life to the serene setting. Sitting in silence I felt the sun spreading it’s rays across my body with an exquisite orange and gold. I inhaled….OM.
For a weekend traveler living in Korea, Seoul makes my blood race. Sometimes there’s an ongoing list of things of events taking place or sometimes, I just have to create my own ways of having fun.