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Why I Like to Travel Solo

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”

~Albert Einstein

Five years ago, I never thought I would be writing this… an article on why I like to travel solo. I never thought I would be saying that I really, *really* like traveling by myself. Five years ago, I thought the idea of solo travel was daunting and scary and unsafe and all of the things that we are fed by various forces in our lives. But I overcame that and I went. And now, I love it. Here’s why.

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2015 Reflections: My Travel Year in Review

Reflection: Looking back so that the view looking forward is even clearer.”

~Author Unknown

So here we are. The end of 2015 and 2016 is on the horizon. Where did the time go?

2015 was an amazing learning year for me. And an amazing travel year for me. My travel journey during the course of this year is the stuff of many people’s dreams. But I want more. I am striving for bigger and better and higher next year.

But for now, I reflect. On all of the things I have accomplished this year related to travel. Earlier this year, I wrote Part 1 and Part 2 of 30 Goals for My Wanderlustful Soul. So here it goes.

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Solo Travel Tips Guide

The idea of solo travel can be scary. Especially if the travel is for pleasure, not business, where your time will be occupied with work-related events and meetings. The idea of leaving it all behind—traversing the globe all by your lonesome—can be frightening for some many.

It certainly was for me. But after I got tired of waiting for others to get on board with my travel desires, I was forced to pull the trigger or give up. I chose to pull the trigger, and it was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. I had such a memorable experience that I would definitely do it again in the future.

And you can have the same thing. But before you embark on that journey, there are some considerations to take to ensure an unforgettable trip. Below are my reflections, having just taken my first solo trip, for newbies and experienced travelers alike, on how to have an amazing solo excursion.

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Embracing Independence: My Solo International Adventure

“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.

~Roman Payne, The Wandress

I would love to say that my first foray into solo international travel was based on some grandiose plan, some well thought out quest to see the world. But really, it was because I was simply tired of waiting.

Sure, in my Goals post that I wrote earlier this year, I laid out the fact that I wanted to take a solo, international, pleasure trip. But when I wrote that, I wasn’t sure I was ready to do it so soon. But I made a goal for myself—along with the goal to see one new state and one new country every year—and I wanted to stick to it. And all of my friends had reasons—some valid, some not so much—about why they couldn’t travel with me internationally this year, even though I had been trying to orchestrate a trip for well over a year. I had finally reached my ‘put-up-or-shut-up’ point with myself. So I pulled the trigger and booked something on my own.

I can’t believe I waited so long.

Initially, I had chosen Turks and Caicos as my destination. But after a series of unfortunate events, I ended up with a solo ticket to Panama.

And. It. Was. Awesome.

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30 Travel Goals For My Wanderlustful Soul, Part 1

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

With the New Year commencing and the focus on resolutions at the forefront of everyone’s mind, I decided to take a slightly different approach.  Looking back at the map from my previous post, I wanted to set goals to accomplish in my quest to see the world.  This is not my bucket list, but perhaps much of the travel portion of the list as of now. While there are many goals (and this post will be divided into two parts), I am still looking for new inspirations and ideas, so feedback is requested and appreciated. So here it goes…

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