What’s next for this solo traveler

The life of a solo traveler is liberating; it’s incredibly rewarding, and you learn a lot about yourself. But being a solo traveler does make you un-dateable. You are seen as a flight risk, a gypsy who’s not going to stick around, and someone who marches to the beat of their own drums. You are

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How I pack my backpack for an extended trip

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Maiden Voyage

Traveling with a backpack as opposed to a suitcase is a different experience. When I used to travel with family, we never left with less than 3 suitcases in total. I hated walking around the airports because inadvertently I’d be stuck with rolling the carry-on suitcase. Blimey! When I finally decided to get back into

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Pre-flight preparations for solo travel

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Maiden Voyage

My dad used to say “don’t wait until you sh*t to find toilet paper”. As crude as that sounds, it was one of the wisest thing he’s ever said to me. I would carry those words with me through my years, and I’ve never found myself without toilet paper, ever. However his advice never quite

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Reflections on the walkabout

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Maiden Voyage

When I had initially coined the idea of being on a lifelong walkabout, I had a vision that there would be numerous life events that would shape me into someone new. My move to Portland was one of those promising life events. As I draw nearer to the inaugural trip to Thailand, I cannot help

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