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…
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!
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.
So last week I had lunch with my warm friend, inspirational coach and leading Hawaii celebrity and jazz musician, Jimmy Borges. We talked about my move into expat life, the unknown of what might result of my year abroad and how the ticking clock of age has me pummeling towards career insecurities and imagined deadlines. Jimmy being the jazzy-cool but full of Aloha personality he is, held a worldly-wise twinkle in his eye and dropped one word on me … Serendipity.
My GRRRL Traveler Challenge #2 is here with a 3-day contest to find the next GRRRL Traveler Challenge. Finding the GRRR! to embark upon bold new adventures which remove us from trusted and worn paths, can feel both, terrifying and exhilarating.
A summary of the good, bad and inevitable of a beginner solo traveler and leaks of my upcoming Grrrl Traveler challenge.
Waiting in the airport for my trip to Thailand with a bunch of nerves and realizing a grrrl traveling survival tool is to remember inspiration.