Assalamu alaikum! This is what remains of the abandoned town of Fanja, Oman. Situated at the end of an unmarked dirt road, you wouldn't know Fanja was even here unless you had a local to take you. *
The old fortress and the rusting canons still stand in Fanja as though still protecting the region. During Eid celebrations, Omanis head up here to shoot guns into the air and fire the old canons 💣. *
Ps - I see all these perfectly preened, carefully staged travel shots on Instagram.. Then I see myself - sitting in the back of a truck in the Middle East, hair crazy AF, in my sweatpants with a group of locals carrying machine guns 👸🏻💁🏻♀️ #princesslife
While I definitely understand the time and effort that goes into capturing the perfect Insta shots and their value in travel content marketing, do remember that the actual side of travel is not so polished and also that it isn't imperative that you take hours and hours trying to achieve this type of polished look just for the sake of social media. Social media is not real life. * *
If you are only going to travel somewhere once, what would you rather do? Have a good time without worrying about pictures? or spend hours trying to make it just LOOK like you're having a good time, taking 10,000 photos, changing outfits, etc... All just to obtain Instagram likes and follows from people who don't even really matter? *
I personally love the more candid photos that people take of their travel experiences, or photos documenting local life and scenes. Travel for me is hiking to the top of a mountain and being red faced, sweaty, frizzy and probably a bit stinky 😌 but that's okay, because that's a beautiful part of travel too and it doesn't need to be hidden away and photoshopped. There's no shame in being a sweaty tomboy 😜
#solofemaletravel #middleeast #sweatpantsonfleek
Bocas, you’ve been more than good to me. Filled to the brim with good vibes, sunny days, and (mostly) ready for the next adventure.
(p.s. now accepting name suggestions for the seahorse)
I am convinced that traveling alone- especially as a woman- is a superpower. There is an unmistakeable magic that is derived from taking off far from what you know with nothing more than your body and your backpack. The lessons and growth you receive from traversing another culture in your own space on your own time is powerful. In my travels I learn so much about who I am, what I like and what I don’t like, what inspires me, and what I want to create in this world. Immersing ourselves from cultures different than our own is so beautiful. What I always find is no matter where I go it’s fundamentally the same in that we all want to love, be happy, and prosper. I see so much love everywhere. The stigma and fears surrounding solo female travel and less ‘developed’ countries must be released. We are fundamentally not so different from eachother across our many cultures and people should realize that. I remember almost three years ago now so many people expressed intense concern and worry that I would go off to central america on my own at such a young age. I would always just tell them I don’t know what would happen, I feel like in my heart I will be perfectly fine but it’s a risk I am going to take regardless. And I was fine, always safe and in the flow of love. What traveling alone has really taught me is I am a citizen of Earth above all else. I can feel comfortable anywhere I am on this planet because this entire planet is my home. We mustn’t fear the unknown and the unfamiliar because these are the spaces we can learn and grow the most. Guatemala is such a beautiful, passionate, and sacred country. I am forever grateful to this land and culture for opening its arms to me. ♥️#solofemaletraveler #divinefeminine #newearth
More of the Grand Canyon captured by my amazing bf @akali_photos
💓 If you haven’t visited yet, go!! It’s even more beautiful right now with bits of snow on the mountains.
My bubble, with bubbles.
When you first hit the road you’re not really sure how safe your bubble is.
It takes time to get comfortable.
You park in public places and meet new people every day.
The road can make introverts extroverted and extroverts introverted (say that five times fast).
One thing I have learned for sure is that the bubble only floats so long before it pops.
Take time to keep going, reset, recharge and stay a float.
Doing this will let you eventually bump into other bubbles and let you do that connection thingy bubbles do.
You know like a little cluster... a clubble. A club of bubbles.
Look at this little cinnamon roll of a pup! 💕 🐕 I’m petsitting again in Austin for three weeks, looking after this sweetheart.
8 months into my 1 year #miniretirement
trip around USA, I’ve loved unpacking my bags to settle for a while in one of my favourite cities.
I enjoy long-term travel best when I have periods of stillness to balance out constantly being on the road. Simple things like doing a big grocery-shop (buying a whole jar of Nutella!) and doing some home-cooking become activities to look forward to. However, it’s never long before I get restless and feel the call to go exploring new places again!
The moment: I am lying here. Nothing is happening. I’m just lying here. But my head won’t stop. I’m breathing. I’m not even trying to make it stop. Or am I? I’m causing pain in my body and I would like that to go away. The meditation track won’t work so I put on music I have downloaded. The song reminds me of words I felt earlier. I think when it really comes down to it, I don’t want anything to go away. I know I just need to ride this wave. But right now, it would be nice to ride it with someone. To have someone I trust see me. A person with the same kind of weird where we could just explore each other’s weirdness in play. Know when to sink in. Know when to come out. Having the opportunity to spend my life like this is great, but I realize what I really want, think I want, right now, is someone just like me just to...be...with. I’m coming apart in layers. What am I going to find underneath it all? I’m not afraid to be honest with myself now. I’m not ashamed of me. Also, I could really use a massage.
Listening to: “I dare you” by @thexx
#sleep #nap #music #thexx #idareyou #healing #therapy #selfcare #words #truth #honesty #vulnerability #self #selflove #journey #myjourney #selflovejourney #fuckshame #fuckit #writer #solofemaletraveler #solo #sola #solotravel #solofemaletravel #travelwriter #writer #mylife #diary #journal
👁👁 that's crazy cool!
Did you know: The Gordon Dam wall (140m) is higher than the Sydney Harbour Bridge (134m) and holds back thirty times more water than Sydney Harbour. Not as high as my Bungy I did off Bloukrans Bridge though (216m) 😜
I used to see certain experiences as a “waste of time”. Failed relationships, things that didn’t work out as planned; Any time I started down a path that I was initially very excited about, only to later change my mind or have things fall apart. I would think to myself, “If only I knew then what I know now, I would’ve done things differently”.
But that’s the thing - it’s impossible to know what we don’t know. And since life and experience are the best teachers, the only way to truly create ourselves and to learn how to navigate the world around us, is to have all sorts of experiences. Sometimes, things won’t work out the way we want them to. They were never meant to.
Now, I take the approach that when things don’t go according to plan, it’s likely because I’m being prepared for something greater or being protected from something much worse.
Each lesson is just one of many puzzle pieces that will come together to shape who we are. Helping us to grow just a bit stronger, wiser and more sure than we were before.
What are some things you once thought were a mistake or a waste of time until you gained some perspective?
📍This beautiful church is in Valverde Vega, Costa Rica
Already home from Paris and right back into work and routine and part of me feels like it was all a dream #paris #solofemaletravel
I was recently asked about my solo travel experiences for an upcoming project and it got me thinking about the first solo trip I took to New York back in 2005. Although I stayed with a family friend, I spent my days sightseeing and navigating the subways all on my own. (Oh, and nearly getting abducted in Chinatown but that was entirely my fault!)
That trip not only sparked my love for New York, it gave me the confidence and drive to want to explore the world even more.
Since then, I’ve taken several more solo trips and each one has taught me something new about myself.
Have you ever traveled solo? Where did you go and what was your favorite part about your trip? If you’ve never taken a solo trip, what’s holding you back?
wend • verb • to follow one’s own path...
Note to self: be prepared to fall in countless times if you’re having a canoeing race 🤷🏼♀️ 🚣🏼♀️ 🇹🇭 .
📍 Khao Sok National Park
My fellow wanderers, I have a special #traveltuesday
surprise for you: the latest WGW podcast is out and it's with none other than the lovely @thewanderingquinn
! She's been travelling India solo for the last few months, so who better to talk to about all things India? We discuss India #inspo
, whether the Taj Mahal is really worth it, female safety travelling solo and... her latest project: @indiabybackpack
! And yes, I admit I did fangirl a little bit during the interview. So sit back, tune in and subscribe - you won't want to miss this one. Link in bio or on Spotify, iTunes and co! Lots of love WGW -x-
Book your next girls’ getaway with us! We’re traveling to Marrakech, Morocco in June 2019 with a group of women in their 20s & 30s ✈️ We’ve done all the planning for you— all you need to do is book, pack & relax! #FemscapeSojourns
So I kind of lied when I said Budapest was the last stop. Even though I went back to Budapest and flew back to Toronto from there, I still had to visit a new place first - that was Bratislava. .
I wanted to go to a different country for a day, to say I did, and I was (still am) fascinated with eastern europe, so Slovakia it was. I need to go back and spend WAY more time here, what a beautiful and interesting city. I only did a day, I cannot tell you what the country is like because realistically, I have no idea. What I do know is that Bratislava has a beautiful old town and cheap beer, hopefully I can come back and stay here longer. Would you go to another country just for one day, given the opportunity?? #travel #solofemaletravel #bratislava #slovakia #easterneurope #oldtown #eurail #solotrip
Sometimes I have to pinch myself, I can’t believe I live in such a beautiful place. Living in a ski town has been a different experience for me, growing up in the UK, we didn’t have easy access to the mountains. Now, I snowboard from the mountain straight into work, how crazy is that!? 🏂
Living life on the edge 👀
I’m not necessarily afraid of heights, but admiring the 700 foot drop of the Cliffs of Moher up close and personal was next level. It was so worth it though! With views like this it’s no wonder the cliffs are one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions.
Where the sand dunes meet the sea.
“Got to have a little sadness every once in a while so you know when the good times come”
Yesterday, I didn’t get out of bed.
and that’s ok.
Not all days are gonna be good.
You can have it all; money security, a loving family, and a good life and still get sad.
Just try to remember this feeling won’t last forever.
I allowed myself to feel sad.
And I set 1 goal for myself to do.
So, the next time you feel like this I challenge you:
Set 1 goal for yourself- even if it’s just to brush your teeth(,or in my case make veggie potstickers🥟 )
Get out of bed and do 1 task, I promise you will feel a lot better knowing you accomplished something despite how you’re feeling.
Remember, this feeling is just temporary.
Our brains are complex beautiful machines, make sure you take care of yours
Being a solo female traveler is absolutely so rewarding. I love being alone, before I feared traveling the world alone I thought about how many things could go wrong but I’m in my third country and feeling so confident. I love that I can do whatever I want whenever I want. The scariest thing I have encountered has been,well... I thought it might be fun to have some “cute fantasy fling”, I’m definitely not looking because I feel like for many safety reasons it isn’t a good idea to have men on your mind traveling but I’m not against meeting someone either. Some guy at my hotel asked me out and I figured why not, I went out with him for coffee and he gave me total creepy vibes and now I’m never going to speak to any men while I’m traveling in foreign countries, their are way to many risk factors like human trafficking, especially when their are major language barriers, but let’s not forget diseases either. I don’t rush anything and when the time is right I will meet the perfect person. No pressure, I’m enjoying my travels for me. #solotravel #solofemaletravel #solofemaletraveler
I am so in love with Sevilla. And Andalucia in general. 😍🇪🇸
The architecture, the colors, the cobblestone streets, the fooooood...it's all so vivid. I could happily live here forever, I think, but alas my second time here is just for one night on my way to Malta. 🇪🇸🇪🇸
Speaking of food, if you want the best chocolate con churros in Sevilla (in my opinion) go to Bar El Comercial in the "Old Town". Here, €4.30 will get you a stacked plate of huge, fresh churros and a big mug of steaming, perfectly smooth, not too sweet yet not too bitter chocolate. 🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸
#travelsolo #gltlove #traveldaily #worldnomads #mustdotravels #instatravels #travelbloggerlife #girlstravel #traveldrops #womenwhotravel #tblogger #nomadiclife #seekmoments #girlstraveldiary #travelphotooftheday #shetravels #shewhowanders #wandergram #globelusters #placestogo #solofemaletravel #wonderwandertravel #alwaystraveling #travelwriters #sevillagram #bestcitiesofeurope #andalusian #spaintravel
Monument to the People’s Heroes. The Monument to the People's Heroes is a ten-story obelisk that was erected as a national monument of the People's Republic of China to the martyrs of revolutionary struggle during the 19th and 20th centuries. It is located in the southern part of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, to the north of Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. 🇨🇳
Day 34 of RTW trip: Coron > El Nido, Philippines
The majority of today was taken up by sitting on a boat for 4 (plus) hours, riding in the back of tuk tuks, AND drinking free rum and cokes in my new hostel in El Nido. So, nothing new to photograph.. BUT these past 2 days in Coron have been two of my favorites of this entire trip thanks to some wonderful ladies I’ve met🙋🏻♀️👩🏻🦰💃🏻.
Yesterday for breakfast, there were 3 other chicks sitting down and all of them were traveling alone. We started talking about our experiences and what we’ve done so far, and ways we’ve kept our wits about us since we are traveling solo🚶🏻♀️
One was from Australia (but lives in NYC), one from Holland, and one from Spain. 🇳🇱🇪🇸🇦🇺 I ended up grabbing mango margaritas (judge me idc) and watching the sunset with the Australian chick, and had a several-hour chat with my new Spanish friend this morning while playing with a super cute puppy.🍹🐶
It’s refreshing to meet other women who are out here breaking the mold; whether it’s for a week or for 5 months (the chick from Spain was leaving today to head back home after a 5-month trip— leave her some love in the comments❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️!!), whether they left due to being stuck in a shit job, shit relationship, or just for the hell of it.
So it is true that when you’re traveling alone you are seriously NEVER alone as long as you put yourself out there (not always the easiest thing to do, but often worth it).👯♀️
Cheers to all of the ladies going against the grain and living life for themselves🤘🏻❣️. Grlpwr4ever&ever