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Is Solo Travel Safe for Women? …6 Tips to make it so

There’s been headlines in the news about women encountering danger abroad. In Delhi last December, a nation was awakened when a local physiognamy intern accidentally boarded a private bus with a friend and was raped by six men. Even more recently, the body of 33-year old Sarai Sierra was found in Turkey after she had gone missing for two weeks.

It’s made the public and media becry – Is it safe for women to travel alone?

February 8, 2013 23
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Why I won’t hang up my travel shoes.

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.

December 22, 2012 23
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Why should you be a ‘Yes’ Wo/man?

It’s scary when life imitates art.Even scarier when you find yourself copying something off of a Jim Carrey film and it actually works!

March 4, 2012 25
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What happens to those travel stories that you don’t write about?

When posting my main travel stories, I realize there are many others which get lost in the shuffle. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s just no place for them in a flow of writing. So what do you do when you come to those moments which feel seemingly sentimental yet brief?

November 1, 2010 5
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How do you know when you really like a place?

This weekend I was doing my fall file cleaning and came across some India photographs that I thought I’d share. Every so often, I revisit old photographs to see if they still resonate with me the way they did when I first took them or saw them. This particular series, Dostana (meaning Friendship in Hindi) is brief and came about simply when I met some children who lived in the neighboring backstreets of Varanasi’s ghats. Not an immediate favorite of mine (reason: some have technical flaws); it took a while for me to realize why I kept wanting to come back to it, despite its flaws. I figured out later, I was drawn to the very resolute expressions on the faces of the children in them and how it conveyed the hardened lifestyle they lead.

In fact, it was two years (and a week) ago that India had accidentally turned into my crash course as a solo traveler in a developing country. Shri Varanasi was my teacher and she wasn’t easy.

October 17, 2010 4
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4 Tea-Inspired Tips for Weary Travelers

Raining. I waited the summer to see Boseong Tea Fields’ tea-inspired glory and what happened when I finally got there?… It rained. I rattled off some quick shots before the downpour of rain, snuck in some quality tea-bathing time (I’ll talk about it in my next blog) and came up with 4 great nokcha- inspired travel reflections, which I will list here!

September 21, 2010 9
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Nomadic Chick’s Interview w/ GRRRL TRAVELER

Updates on my bon voyage to Korea, my packing, my schedule and my interview with Nomadic Chick.

February 17, 2010 3
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Photo Tips: Add Spice to Your Travel Gift Souvenirs

Souvenir gifting is often “a hit or miss” practice.
When a friend brings back a travel souvenir for me (and it’s not edible or chosen with my personality in mind), it can sometimes feel like, well,… junk! Likewise, I know there are times that I can be a “souvenir junk” gifter too! Perhaps I might occasionally nail a person’s personality with a souvenir; but most often, my gift souvenirs are flawed upon purchase. The reason?

February 17, 2010 4
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My Top 5 International Dance Companies

I’m going to talk about something I have a passion for and I still consider it travel… DANCE! Sometimes, I wonder if dancers don’t make the best travelers… Their home is the stage, the bar or the body… there is no color or country…

February 17, 2010 1
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