Just a girl & her backpack
Starting University, I knew exactly what I wanted to do (thank goodness), but I didn't know where I wanted to live or work when I finished (minor details, right?). I needed to think long term before I started working or seniority would be lost if/when I decided to move (zero pressure at all...). Near the end of my degree, I wasn't any closer to determining where I wanted to put roots down, this is when my plan to backpack South America began formulating. I started researching all the incredible places I could visit, and it turned out a friend was interested in going as well! As graduation neared, my friend decided she wouldn't be joining me on the trip. When she explained this to me, an overwhelming thought popped into my head shouting:
"You can't do this alone!"
This way of thinking lasted about 5 seconds. Okay, if I'm being honest it was closer to five days. After a lot of self-doubt, I had the realization that I don't need anyone else to make my dreams a reality. Cheesy, I know. I knew backpacking in South America was something I wanted to do, and I knew it was something I could do even if I was alone. So I booked a one way ticket to Argentina and braced myself for the conversation I'd have to have with my Mom about backpacking alone in South America (Sorry mom!!). I'm not claiming to be unique in my decision, I'm simply one out of millions of females who have chosen to travel alone. Together we form an unspoken tribe of adventure seekers and goal getters.
I couldn't be prouder to be included in this group of badass women!
I've had a strong sense of wanderlust since before I can even remember. I knew for myself, traveling wasn't going to be something I could "get out of the way" before settling down. Having now moved by myself to Asia (indefinitely..again, sorry Mom!), I continue to collect experiences and memories rather than things. My desire to see the world grows stronger each time I set foot in a new country. Though I travel alone, I am only truly alone if I want to be. Regardless of where I travel, I've been shown tremendous kindness and warmth from strangers and friends made along the way. Whether I travel with friends or alone, traveling has truly become a way of life for me.
Stay tuned for adventures, stories, tips, & tricks while I fumble my way around the world as a solo-female traveler.