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Is being a female solo traveler easy? …Not!

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.

May 14, 2012 77
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Are you a street-smart traveler or just travel-jaded?

Street wise. Been-there and done-that. Old hat.

After traveling in Asia over the course of a year, there were two things I felt I had become proficient at: haggling and avoiding scams.

April 30, 2012 29
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Art of Hobo-ing: How to Budget for long-term travel

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.

February 13, 2012 26
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Scuba Diving Fears and Coping with Age and Birthdays when you Travel alone

The water was flooding panic into my goggles and stinging my eyes. I blew out sharply to clear out my mask. We were pulling ourselves down by the anchor rope, descending to the ocean floor. I was at the head of the group and the second in line. Going back up was not an option…

January 13, 2012 15
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Learning to Scuba Dive in Thailand with PADI

Word on the street is that you’ll get the best scuba diving deals in Southeast Asia.

January 6, 2012 20
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Love Letter #26: Taking a break from Long-term travel & Summer Musical Camps in Korea

Dear Love,
This summer I got to volunteer at a English musical summer camp. The magic in life is all about believing and having faith in making the impossible possible.

September 30, 2011 2
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Love Letters #16-25: Where have I been in the past 7 months?

I’ve cheated you, my dear readers. I haven’t been good at taking you with me on my travels. Sorry. So here’s an update on my travels: Where have I been after India? Without giving away all my stories just yet, here’s a summary of highlights and places I’ve been to.

September 29, 2011 4
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Love Letter #15: Long-term travel & the challenges of blogging on the road

The goal of blogging-on-the-road is a massive beast!

Not a simple task. It’s not that the countries I’ve traveled after India weren’t as amazing, but I’ve quickly learned that it’s nearly impossible for me to take you through my journey as I’m experiencing it. So I’ve decided to detour from my chronological mission of posting only India (Look out- I may get messy!)

July 20, 2011 0
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Love Letter #14: When life forces you into the uncomfortable spaces of long-term travel

Dear Love, You may be wondering what’s up with me these days.

Before I left Korea, I had planned 3 months in India… My plan: to job search for summer work. One hitch: I never planned for the ‘what if’ I never found a job by the end of my Indian summer! …

July 19, 2011 9
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