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Mindful Wandering, Part I: The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

The sun scorches my shoulders as I sit perched atop a cliff, overlooking the rocky layers of earth below. At such great heights, there is no amount of sunscreen that can protect my freckled...
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An Afternoon Alone in Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Many moons ago I traveled for a year alone, with a backpack, and on the cheap through Asia and Latin America, staying at hostels for less than $15 a night. None of my friends...
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The Art of Taking Yourself On a Date

Recently, I found myself with a weekend void of plans. I had nowhere to be and nothing to do. So, I took myself out on a date. I traveled into the city and spent...
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How to Make Friends While Traveling Alone

One of the most challenging aspects of traveling alone is trying to make friends on the road. But, despite the conception that solo travel means you have to be alone all the time, it...

7 Places to Travel Alone as a Woman

Traveling alone can be incredibly daunting ― especially for women. From single supplement fees to concerns for personal safety, it sometimes feels like solo exploring as a woman is more of a burden than...

How Solo Travel is Different for Women

I had just arrived in Amsterdam — unofficially known as one of the safest cities in Europe — and immediately boarded the wrong tram. The sun had already set, and I found myself lost...

10 of the Friendliest Countries for Solo Travelers

Traveling alone can be one of the most rewarding personal journeys you can embark upon. From organizing logistics to navigating foreign cities, befriending strangers, and learning a new language, solo travel is full of...
Positano, Italy: learning to laugh as a solo traveler

Learning to Laugh as a Solo Traveler

I closed my eyes and leaned back, trying to recline comfortably in my beach chair. It was a brilliant August day in Sorrento, Italy, where I was treating myself to a solo vacation after...
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The Benefits of Traveling Alone

Traveling solo can be incredibly daunting. The thought of feeling lonely and homesick stops many from packing their bags and going it on their own, but if you can pluck up the courage, you...

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