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A Little Adrift… In Search of Balance

For seven months, the gaping absence of Africa stories on my blog has nagged me. During this time, some of you wrote me with concern. Thank you, all is well. I needed time to sort out some personal things post-Africa. As this new year takes shape, I am jumping (maybe limping) back into writing. And for starters, I […]

January 17, 2015 | Continue Reading ...

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A Little Confession … Yes, Sometimes Travel is Lonely

Alone is a beautiful thing; it’s when I process my thoughts, absorb new travel experiences, find unexpected friendships, and detox from being “on” with other people. Lonely is not so beautiful a thing, though if I’m honest, the lonely, soul-searching lessons I learned over the past four and a half years were as instructive as any. […]

July 3, 2013 | Continue Reading ...

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A Little Honesty … On Safety and Solo Female Travel

Concerns about my safety on the road plagued those who love and care about me when I first announced my plan to travel solo around the world. Long-term travel is still an uncommon practice in the United States (compared to Europe and Australia) so perhaps the chief issue I dealt with was the fact that most […]

June 4, 2013 | Continue Reading ...

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A Little Honesty … Why I Decided to Travel the World

Every so often I field emails asking about what compelled me to leave to travel solo back in 2008. The questions wonder why I was willing to pack up my life and leave my friends and family behind—their curiosity leaps from the page and I can all but hear their mind whirl as they wonder […]

May 7, 2013 | Continue Reading ...