• Solo Travel,  Tips

    unexpected tips: 10 Things I wish I knew before traveling solo

    First time solo travelling? I know the feeling! Excitement, anticipation, sometimes nerves? It’s all part of the fun. Now that I’ve travelled my fair share of solo journeys, I can confidently say that there are a few things I wish I knew before heading off. Here they are. 1) You will doubt yourself. Solo travel will more often than not put you in an unfamiliar position. You might doubt your abilities to handle a situation or your decisions. I certainly doubted myself, and sometimes, it was a little scary to take the jump and do something, but getting through those moments of doubt were met with so much reward.   2) You…

  • Asia,  Solo Travel

    unexpected southeast asia: 5 favourite cities for solo travelers

    Solo travel in SEA is always a blast. The other travelers are (generally) super warm and friendly, the food is fantastic, the sights beautiful, and the weather, warm (most of the time)! Although you can’t REALLY go wrong traveling in Southeast Asia, here are my TOP 5 destinations for solo travel! Bagan, Myanmar  Bagan is a magical place. The temples, the sunrises, the entire vibe the city showcases are all so conducive to making new friends. Grab an e-bike and ask a new friend if they’d like to explore with you. There’s so much to experience, and after your day focusing on Myanmese culture, head over to New Bagan for…

  • Asia,  China,  Solo Travel

    unexpected kindness: taiyuan, china

    My way out of Kunming took a string of flights and trains. The first leg was Kunming to Taiyuan. My flight arrived at 9 pm, and I wouldn’t leave until 11 pm the next day. So I booked a hostel (use my affiliate link here!) and thought nothing of it. The flight went smoothly, and upon arrival, I took a taxi to my hostel. I’d been told it was inside another building, so I got dropped off at the closest intersection. I entered the series of buildings booking.com/maps.me/google maps told me it was in and just COULD NOT find it. I went back out and asked a security guard if…

  • Miscellaneous,  Planning,  Solo Travel

    unexpected risk taking

    When people find out that I, a small little girl seemingly oblivious to the horrors that real life entails, love traveling on my own, the most often question I get is, “but is it safe?” My peers are often afraid of the mishaps that will occur while traveling solo. Throw being a teenage girl traveling alone into the mix, and both my friends (and their parents), immediately start helicoptering, convinced I’ll end up dead or in jail or sold off to who knows who in who knows where. Don’t get me wrong, there are definite precautions I must take while traveling alone. For the most part, being a solo female traveler presents more risk to those…

  • How To,  Solo Travel,  Tips

    How To Meet People When Travelling Solo

    As daunting as it may seem, traveling solo is not scary! You may or may not have read my last post, but if that sparked any interest in traveling alone, I say go for it! Traveling alone, however, does not mean being lonely, and it took me a while to figure out how to meet other travelers without sounding creepy or over-eager or whatever I was worried about, but I’ve figured it out and thought I’d share since recently, people have been asking me about traveling alone. My top three ways to meet people when traveling solo (or with others) 1)   Stay in Hostels I don’t really understand why people…

  • Lifestyle,  Solo Travel

    Should You Travel Solo or With Others?

    A little preface: Honestly, I’m finding it incredibly difficult to run a travel-focused blog whilst not traveling. That being said, I still want to blog about my gap year and past adventures and everything travel! I’ll probably be shifting the content of my posts from location-location-location to more broad travel posts. I have no idea how this is going to end up, but here goes! Traveling Alone v Traveling with Others The way I see it, there’s no “better option” in the traveling solo v traveling with people debate. The two are completely different, and with one, you’re bound to have a totally different experience from the other. There are…