Tell us about your first trip alone overseas? What emotions you felt, scared, happy, excited, was it a mixture of everything? How old were you? Where did you go?
I was 21 and I went to Italy to study for 6 months on an exchange program. I had never been abroad before but I wasn't scared, just entertained by all things that were different.
How have your experiences travelling alone been compared to travelling with someone? Do you have a preference on alone or travelling with someone?
I like both, I just think these are two very different ways to discover the world and yourself. When you travel with someone, you discover yourself through your relationship with this person, while when you're traveling solo, it's just you and your thoughts. Traveling solo doesn't always mean life-changing discoveries, it's just some time to hear your own thoughts.
What are your thoughts on traveling alone as a women and the issue of safety?
I haven't had any problems, I'm always positive and open to people and I believe this is why I get the same from them.
Tell us a story about your best travel experience (with or without someone else)
On my last trip to Thailand, I spent a night in a floating raft house in the middle of the jungle. The sounds of the jungle, the billion-star sky, the gentle swaying of the bungalow – these are details I remember vividly months later.
What are your top 3 favourite countries you have traveled too?
What are your least favourite experience or country traveled too?
I enjoy every single trip and appreciate it whether it be sunny or rainy, cheap or expensive.
Let’s play a game, give us the first word or sentence that pops into your head around these words. (Think experiences on the road).
FUN – my birthday in Rio de Janeiro when a whole bar sang “Happy Birthday” to me
TRAVEL - inspiration
FOOD – food market at sunrise
MEN – Italians shouting compliments in the street
EXERCISE – kayaking wherever I am
INDIA - colors
AMERICA – rock formations
PACKING – a 7-kg backpack (for a week and for a month alike)
JOB – creating inspiration for the others
ALCOHOL – wine at sunset
DANGER – dark streets
TAXIS – tourist traps
BED BUGS – never seen them 🙂
LOVE – I met my boyfriend on the road
FAMILY – sending postcards from abroad
NEW FRIENDS – travel buddies
OLD FRIENDS – sharing deep thoughts
SWITZERLAND – peaks and mountain lodges
What has traveling alone taught you?
That sometimes you can travel 1000 miles and don't change at all because the change requires walking inside yourself, not physically moving forward.
Lastly what advice would you give to someone who is looking to travel alone but is too scared?
If you are afraid to travel alone, then start small. Go on a daytrip alone. Spend the night in a hotel room alone (like business travel but for leisure).
Tell us one of your favourite funny memories from traveling
In Luxembourg, my Couchsurfing host sent me a sms that he couldn't host me... 3 minutes before our meeting. I cringed. Then he sent me a second sms saying that he was joking.
Romantic/fling whilst traveling
I met my boyfriend on a working trip and we liked each other instantly. We still like each other three years later.
All of them, it's a different kind of spending the night.
Your preference on how to travel, by which modes of transport?
hitchhiking, driving, flying, hiking
How would you describe your travel style in under 50 words?
little planning, more space for last-minute adventure.
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