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How to travel solo in India: Interview with Chiaki Nakashima

What does the idea of “a solo woman traveling in India” surface for you?

When I met Chiaki, we were both, waiting for the local bus to our yoga ashram. A Japanese waif of gentle yogic smiles, she challenged my notions about what it is to be a solo female traveler in India. Chiaki didn’t boast the extensive list of a world traveler nor was she avoiding the challenges of navigating the local terrain in the way a native would; yet, she was tackling India solo doing it in calm stride.

How the hell was she doing it?

June 26, 2011 11
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Top Beaches of Goa

Looking at the sea out from Baga Beach, the sea is shining, teasing,… much like the vibe of the locals and beaches in Goa. As a female traveling who’s been nervous about traveling india alone, I feel surprisingly safe here. Waves tickling my feet, a pineapple lassi in hand, I look out at the beach. Even the cows are catching their daily dose of sand and rays.

March 21, 2011 11
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5 Risky Things to Do if you’re Solo in Vietnam

You don’t have skydive out of a plane in order to be a daredevil. You don’t have to eat strange bugs or worms to be an adventurist. Sometimes, adventure and danger can fit into the simplest things; and if you’re a solo traveler, occasionally it’s the simplest things that can feel the most dangerous!

October 24, 2010 19
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How I Survived Solo Boredom in Hanoi

Last day in Hanoi. While I’m ready to leave Vietnam and the insufferable monsoon heat, I’m not ready to return to Korea. Noooo…

Today I need to move hotels. I emailed various hotels to check on availability, last night. Vietnam being the way it is, none of them returned an answer, so this [More…] morning I went hotel shopping on foot. I stopped by Veronica’s hostel to see if she arrived safely; lo and behold,…

September 14, 2010 11
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Solo Vietnam: Theft and Halong Bay in a Day

Day #9: After my Sapa trek, I decided to book another tour with Sinh Tourist– a day trip to Halong Bay. Price tag? $19. Vietnam may not have the friendliest service-oriented people, but they sure have the most affable budget tours!
Ass time. The one major drag about Vietnam is the constant

September 13, 2010 11
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How Being an Expat Helped Cure some of my Solo Travel Fears

Tick-tock… Vietnam. I leave this Friday! I’ll be launching solo again. I’m excited because I don’t know what to expect or how things will play out. While the unknown can feel a bit intimidating for a solo traveler, it’s also exciting.

August 4, 2010 12
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Solo Thailand: Learning to Ride a Motorbike for the first time

My first attempt at mastering “alone in a developing country”, was my greatest achievement in the past year! And of my many travel highlights on this journey, learning to ride a motorbike was one of them…

August 3, 2010 11
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Solo Korea: 4 Reasons to become a Solo Weekend Travel Warrior!

Being a solo traveler – difficult and delightful can share the same coin. While I thoroughly enjoy relaxing into bonding with fellow EPIKers on group day trips as we weather the inevitable culture shock together; excursions alone while initially dreaded, gives me valuable time to explore, grow and reflect upon my new cultural surroundings at a relaxed pace. Plus, I get to take out the DSLR!

May 5, 2010 4
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Tech Toy Review: Best Camera for Solo Travelers in 2010

There are few things I’m truly jazzed enough to recommend, but I’m all raves about my new Samsung ST500. It’s my 3rd month using it and I’ve been taking it around with me… everywhere! For the solo traveler, blogger and adventure flashpacker, it will make your life and travels, both lighter and easier. I highly recommend it.

February 26, 2010 11
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