The girl's guide to all things travel; optimal itineraries, recommendations and more for solo female travel and group trips alike.
Kali Kirkendall walks to the stove in her underwear, spins the knob on and brings a blue flame to life beneath the kettle. The sailboat sways with the rhythm of the ocean as she hangs onto the counter and props the Aero Coffee Press between various heavy items stacked together in the sink so it doesn’t tip over. She pours the boiling water through the press then steps back to her bunk and layers on clothing to stave off the 4 a.m. chill.
Dear Carolyn, As this last year has thoroughly and unquestionably taught us, predicting where we’ll land in the future year is a folly and a fool’s errand. While I had grand intentions on taking a sabbatical year to travel after saving up 5 years of savings from work (what didn't go towards rent, food, and my 6 digit student loan figure), these were interrupted. I will say I was extremely lucky in my timing as I did have a few months travel under my belt before the world shut down.
I can’t explain what happened to me that night. I had left my place of volunteer a bit later than usual. II made my way back to the bus stop. Weeks before this, I took the tube, and one time, I walked to and fro. I got to the bus stop and saw that the next bus would not be due for one hour so I left. I intended to take the tube but for some reason, could not locate the tube station. I had been walking for about 15 minutes. I remembered seeing streetcars so I decided I would board one of them. Why didn’t I want to walk home? It was for 30 minutes! The week before, those 30 minutes seemed significant as I walked back home. I had picked up a bug and ended up sick in bed for 2 days. On this night, I had exceeded my shift by thirty minutes. The days got darker quickly so I was not going to beat myself up about leaving later than usual.
Not every hotel in Dubai is allowing female guests unless you and your female partner check-in together which is not the case with all individuals.
I’ve been traveling sola since I was eighteen and started college in 2015. My vacations were frequently filled with trips driving around the United States and several trips to various countries in Central America and one glorious trip to Senegal which were funded by my schools grant money. Some of my favorite travel experiences were in Costa Rica & Nicaragua. I loved Costa Rica so much I went back four times, one of those times was to live there by myself for a year. A trip I had to cancel due to a lack of funding while in college was to Cali, Colombia. I was heartbroken and ever since I had to cancel I have been awaiting a time in my life to return. My original plan was to stay for eight months to immerse myself in social dance culture and work for a dance school. I always travel teaching TESOL on the side, so I was connecting with a not for profit English school there too, but in the end was not able to go.
After the year I've survived, a solo road trip is just what I need to reinvent myself, for myself. 2021, it is ok to show me why it all had to happen. But first, we're heading to Nantahala National Forest in Bryson City, North Carolina to do some hiking, and spend some time listening to the sun.
As a female, I can say with utter confidence that solo-travel is one of the most invaluable feats of my life. It has taught me how to be self-reliant, meticulous and fearless. Trust me ; visiting a foreign country you've never been to, where you don't speak the language , alone, is a triumphant act of bravery.
I have worked as an au pair twice in the Republic of Ireland and Spain. They were two of the best experiences of my life and they changed me as a person.
Lately, I've been taking time each day to count my blessings. Not only do I have an amazing support network of family and friends, but I have been blessed with this opportunity to live and study so far from home – especially during a global pandemic. Each day in London is beautiful in a new way – even when I don't leave my room for more than a half hour walk. Being here and spending so much time reading and writing truly makes me feel happy.
1. Cheapest way to travel from Thailand to Cambodia Train from central Bangkok train station Hua Lamphong to Aranyaprathet, this train journey is roughly 5/6 hours and costs around $1 or 40 Baht. This is bar far the cheapest way I've found to get to Cambodia from Thailand. The train will take you directly to the boarder where you can go and get a visa on arrival. This boarder crossing has a lot of scams to be aware of, however. There will be lovely ladies selling prepared rich dishes and pre-cut mangos for a very low cost walking throughout the journey, so don't worry if you forget to pack snacks or water.
I traveled alone for the first time as a 17-year old. I didn't have a boyfriend waiting at home for me, and I didn't have a contingency plan in case everything went wrong. I guess I would have flown back home, but thankfully, it never came to that.
Shots shots shots! One last weekend in Stuttgart was to be unforgettable. Okay maybe not quite. It’s a little hazy remembering the details.