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GRRRL TRAVELER is a travel survival and solo travel site inspiring others to find their GRRR for travel. It’s about finding empowerment as a traveler by navigating cultural diversity while experiencing the bizarre, foreign, frightening and often times, funny. I may not always start out with the GRRR, but I have it at the end.
I: My Top 5 Popular Posts
A Guide to Cool “Korean” things to Buy in Korea
27 Must Try Foods from Around the World
19 Things to Know Before you Go to Myanmar
10 Shocking Facts about Korean Schools
Top 8 things to Do on Jeju Island
II: Trip Planning
Top Travel Beauty Products for 2015
External Battery Chargers: How do you keep charged on the Road?
Top 10 Travel Gadgets for 2014
How to Plan your first solo trip
Tips and challenges of planning your first solo trip
Do you need travel insurance ?
The 8 Best iPhone Apps for Travelers
III: Solo Female Travel
Q: How do you overcome the fear of solo travel?
I’ve been traveling solo for over six years and I don’t know if I’ll ever get over that initial reluctance of travel jumping alone. It’s all weirdly mental and for me, the trick is getting myself to leap. As a women, I’m often prone to second guessing or doubting my abilities, even if experience has proven otherwise. But the more I travel alone , the more comfortable I become with it once I’m on the road. Situations become familiar and my instincts kick in.
Your Top Solo Questions Answered
How Solo Travel Will Boost your Social Life
How to Make Friends when you travel Alone (Part 1) (Part 2)
14Ways to Spend your Nights Alone
How to travel solo in India: Interview with Chiaki Nakashima
How do you escape holiday loneliness?
Safety & Fear
Is it easy being a female solo traveler?.. Not!
The Good, Bad & Inevitable of Becoming a Solo Traveler (my first planned solo trip)
A Solo Traveler is Born (aka India Tour Agency scams and How to Get Out of One)
Is a backpack just another word for “female mid-life crisis”?
Solo Travel: Finding your Travel G-spots
IV: Travel Survival
The vacation part of each trip, only starts after you survive it. So here’s how to survive it…
How to Deal with Travel Scams
21 Ways to Outsmart Pickpockets and Thieves
Survival Tips for Vegetarian Travelers
How to Avoid Taking Airport Taxis
Toilet Guide: How to Use a Squat Toilet
SteriPen Review: When you need clean water
16 Tips for Traveling Alone by Night Bus
How to Catch the Bus in a Foreign Country (when you don’t know the language)
10 Must-Haves to pack in your backpack
Two Ways to Prevent Bed Bugs & Mosquitoes when you Travel
V: Winging it Travel
Q: Is it safe to wing my travels?
It depends on your comfort level with travel and your sense of self-trust. Starting out, it’s not easy your travels, especially if you’re new to solo travel. I’d start gradually. But with travel you come to find, one constant rule applies– Nothing ever goes the way you think it will. When you travel with that understanding, you become more flexible and ready for change, because you expect it will hold good opportunities if you simply redirect it. Change is all about redirection and flowing with it. It’s like a flowing stream. The moment the stream meets an rock wall, it doesn’t stop; instead, it redirects its course and flows around the wall. Eventually, when I do that enough, I begin to trust my resourcefulness and ability to redirect into change. Like anything, the more you do it, the more experienced and confident you become in it.
VI: Money & Affording Travel
Q: How do you afford your travels?
Quite simply, I work and save for them. No magic wand. Sorry.But seeing as I require activity and movement on a constant basis, there’s other tricks I use also. I steer my job search towards jobs/careers that allow or pay me to travel. For instance, teaching English in Korea was an all-expense paid move and my work paid me enough to travel during vacation breaks. I also base my travels on affordability, choosing the countries based on low flight costs and which are inexpensive to travel.
VII: How to Teach English in Korea
Interested in teaching in Korea? Click on the photo below for my ESL resource page, where I have links to my YouTube videos and posts on how you can teach in Korea.
VIII: Travel Blogging Success
Q: Can you make money travel blogging?
Yes. You can. But it’s not as easy as some travel bloggers paint it. In essence, it’s the equivalent to starting your own freelance company. Be prepared to do a lot of work and to find other ways to diversify your blog services. What’s helped me significantly is Travel Blog Success. You can read more about it here. It taught me in one month, what it took over six years to learn on my own. Still, if quick money is your aim, it’s definitely easier to get a job and get paid by the hour. The joy of travel blogging has to be your number one incentive before all else.
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