From arriving safely at your destination, to exploring your destination… When traveling alone, there are A LOT of things to think about… and, one of the most important, and overlooked thing is PACKING! So, here are some tips about packing that I’ve learned throughout my many solo travels:
1- Pack light You’re traveling alone; you don’t want to worry about carrying 2 bags and lugging around 2 suitcases. Save yourself the stress, and pack just 1 suitcase and 1 bag.
2- Check the weather! You most likely don’t need to bring your entire wardrobe. And, if you do forget anything, you can probably find at your destination (and, it can count as a great souvenir).
3- What are you going for? Are you going to be at the beach everyday? Are you going hiking a lot? Are you going in the mountains?
4- What kind of trip? Is it for business? Are you going for vacation? Are you going to visit friends/family? For how long?
5- How are you going to pack?
Will you choose the fold or roll method? This tip is very controversial. But, after personally trying both methods, multiple times, for different trips, I’ve come to the conclusion that the FOLD method is 100% easier and much more effective for any type of trip. It also takes much less room in your suitcase, and keeps your clothes much more organized, and less wrinkly.
Thanks for reading! I hope this post helps you pack effectively for your next adventure because packing effectively is the start to an amazing experience because it can take away some of the stress of traveling!
P.S. This post was inspired by my next adventure (departing: tomorrow)! So, stay tuned for more adventure posts (and, to find out where I’m going)!
When you finally decide to step out of your comfort zone, and travel abroad alone, you’re going to be so happy, and proud, but there’s one thing you should know.
When you travel abroad alone, you are going to want to make international friends, and meet people that speak the language and know the culture.
So, while you’re alone in a foreign country, that’s what you do.
That’s what’s on your mind because you don’t want to be alone all the time, so you start making friends to explore with, learn the language, and make amazing international connections.
And, in the moment, it’s all amazing and great fun, but soon it’s going to be time to say bye to that amazing country and those awesome new friends. And, that’s when the difficult part begins.
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The first hardest part is actually saying bye to your amazing new friends.
The second hardest part is leaving a new country and culture that you started adapting to and loving so much.
The third, and final hardest part is going home, and getting used to seeing everything differently.
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While traveling abroad alone, you learn more about yourself, you make new friendships and you learn to live differently in another country.
And, although all these things are awesome, the worst part is coming back to your home country because your perspective has changed, and sometimes it can feel weird to go back to your old ways. Especially when you had such a good experience abroad; you don’t want to lose this amazing, new version of yourself.
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So, if you ever feel lost after a trip abroad:
Remember that stepping out of your comfort zone and changing your perspective is what it takes to move forward, and change your life. And, now you have friends in another country that you can visit whenever you feel homesick for that country.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encourages you to step out of your comfort zone, and change your perspective on the world (don’t be afraid of doing something different!).
When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. But now, I love writing, and I love the community that comes with it. I also didn’t realize people would actually read my blog, let alone like it enough to nominate me for awards (I know these awards are not mandatory, so when I get nominated I always take the time to do it because I feel so grateful, and I want to keep the award train moving forward). So, thank you Emma & Nathan’s Travels. I really appreciate the nomination!
Although a blogger doesn’t really need to participate in any award nominations, I don’t mind as it gives me a chance to show my appreciation to other bloggers. Plus, it’s free exposure should you wish to participate. Now, for the rules:
Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)
My answers to Emma & Nathan’s Travels Questions:
1- What is your favourite destination so far and why?
That’s a difficult question; there’s always one thing I love from every destination. But, if I had to choose, I would say: Belize (mostly because I went off the grid, with no connection for a week, and it felt great, and was very refreshing and relaxing). And, also because it’s a beautiful country that not enough people know about!
2- Why did you start, and why do you continue blogging?
I started blogging while I was living in the small town of Jasper, Alberta, Canada (for 6 months). I was working and living on site at a lodge in the middle of the highway/woods, with not much to do around (except for hiking, and thinking). And, I started thinking a lot about my purpose, which made me feel very insignificant. So, one day I decided it would be a good idea to start a blog (it always seemed interesting to me, and now I had time). At the time, the blog was a way to just write and share my thoughts to see if anyone else could relate. My first posts were not at all about traveling or inspirational, but I continued blogging because I started enjoying it (I never realized how much I actually liked writing, it seemed so boring in school). Now, it was actually fun! I continue blogging today because I love writing about my adventures, and sharing them with others. I love traveling and I want to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and travel as well. I also love reading and following other blogs. And, I love the small community I’ve formed, that follows my blog and adventures.
3- Is your blog as successful as it you’d hoped, or is it still a working progress?
Definitely still a work in progress. But, then again, I don’t really know how successful I planned for it to be. I started it on a whim, so I didn’t really think about the “success”. I just kinda liked having a place to write, where other people could read it, and hopefully get inspired. So, in that way, I guess you could say that it’s more successful now, than I originally thought because more people are reading my blog.
4- Upload your favourite photo from your blog and describe why.
I like this photo because it was one of my first pictures I posted on this blog. And, it was taken at the same time than when I started this blog. And, it depicts what I was feeling when I started this blog (small and insignificant). In a way, it’s my reminder of how far I’ve come (which I think is what the post with this pictures was about…).
5- Describe something about yourself that isn’t mentioned in your blogs.
My dream job is to become a flight attendant. It’s been my dream ever since I can remember (since I was 4 or 5 years old). I’ve always found it interesting and exciting. And, now I that I’ve traveled abroad more and learned more languages, I realize that it still really is my ultimate dream job.
6/7- How do you manage your time when it comes to blogging? Do you write posts and schedule them for publication or do you write as you go?
It depends. I don’t have a blogging schedule (I can post up to 10 times in a month, and then go a whole month without posting). If I have a lot of inspiration (and time), I will write a bunch of posts, and schedule them. But, if I’m busy, and only get inspired on the spot (like with this post), I will write and post it on the spot because I don’t want to forget (and it doesn’t deserve to be scheduled), so I write and post it as soon as possible.
“Dreams in the rear-view mirror are closer than they appear.”
Although, you should keep looking forward when chasing your dreams; sometimes you need to glance backwards at the progress you’re making along the way because that progress is actually your dreams starting to come true. Think about it this way:
Your dreams are catching up to you.
They’re coming –
Closer and closer –
Each day, they inch forward.
You think: “Looking back is bad.”.
All you see back there are your failures.
You think the rear-view mirror is showing you all your mistakes & failures.
But, it’s actually the opposite.
It’s showing you all the lessons learned from the amazing, and crazy journey you took while working towards your dreams.
Those past failures and mistakes are actually your dreams starting to take shape.
Looking in that rear-view mirror should not discourage you.
Instead it should remind you that all those mistakes and failures are just speed bumps along this amazing journey towards achieving your dreams!
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to always continue to chase your dreams!
The sky… The clouds… The sun… Everything up there…
Just take a second, Go outside, And look up!
Looking up, At the sky, Always makes me feel happy, And rejuvenated.
Seeing planes, birds, jets… It all gives me hope!
That there’s so much more out there –
And, I want to explore it all!
I love the sky! I love to just look at it! I love just BEING up there, And looking down at everything, With a different perspective!
From up there, I can see everything! But, From down here, I only see as far as my eyes let me.
From up there, I can see things I never notice down here.
From up there, My problems seem to fade away – For a while. And I forget my life – Down here…
From up there, Everything seems in its’ perfect place. My mind is at ease – Thinking of my next destination! Looking down at my last destination! Knowing that great adventures are ahead!
From up there, I eagerly wait – To land again – In a new exciting country – Ready to explore a new culture!
From down here, I am constantly looking up, Thinking about when I will be up there again, Because I know – and hope, that it’s soon. So, I continue to look up!
Day after day! Keeping the hope! That something great is in store – To land in a new country! And, look up at the sky with a new perspective!
This “poem” was inspired by the fact that the world is under the same sky!
It’s crazy to think that wherever you are in the world, you are always looking at the same sky.
You can cross the entire world (from North America all the way down to New Zealand) & still be looking up at the same galaxy (same moon, stars, sun, clouds; same everything)! CRAZY!
The countries are vastly different, but one thing always stays consistent; the sky!
That’s one more reason why traveling is so exciting and interesting because you get to experience so many different cultures around the world while staying under the same sky! The world is small because we’re all under the same sky; but, it’s also huge because every country has it’s own culture.
Thanks for reading!
Now, get out there and explore the world; look at the sky from a different country and you’ll have a completely different perspective in life!
Don’t stray from the path!
Don’t let the force,
Of peer pressure,
Stray you away!
Follow the north!
It might take you through long valleys,
And deep canyons –
But, it will eventually get you there.
Follow the north!
No matter what happens,
or where it takes you!
Take the twist and turns!
Trust that compass,
It will eventually get you there –
To an amazing place,
That you could only dream of!
Follow the north!
Live YOUR best life!
And hustle everyday,
Always glance down at that compass,
To stay on the right track,
To your amazing destination!
That compass will never –
take you in the wrong direction!
It’s taking you on a crazy journey –
Before showing you,
Your amazing destination!
Follow the north!
Thanks for reading!
Travel tip: In a foreign country, it’s always a good idea to have a compass. You never know when your phone battery might die in the middle of a big unknown city, and someone might give you directions, but, in their directions, the only word you understand is South (trust me, it’s happened).
“It’s history You can’t rewrite it You’re not meant to be trapped inside it Every tear brought you here Every sorrow gathered Yeah, it’s history And every mile mattered“
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Life is full of ups and downs…
it’s full of good decisions and bad decisions…
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Right now you’re either at a point in your life that you’re super proud of, or you’re telling yourself everyday that you’re a disappointment.
Things are either going your way or not quite what you want, but, either way you are always making decisions that will impact your tomorrow self. Those decisions could change your life in an instant (good or bad).
So, just remember that, next time you are faced with an important decision, just know that whatever you decide you will inevitably learn something from it.
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“Every Mile Matters!”
You see, travelers don’t get disappointed when they don’t see/do exaxtly what they wanted in a new country because they know that what they did see mattered and will probably lead to something else that will be unexpectedly amazing.
“Every decisions has an impact!”
Just like in life, you can’t get disappointed when you think you made a terrible mistake. You can’t wish you chose the other option; all you can do is live in the moment and learn from every decision you make each day.
Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you in some way! 🙂
For today’s post, I was challenged to look through my old Facebook, Instagram or Twitter posts and pick something that stood out to me and write what I think about it now.
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So, I chose to look through my Instagram feed and, while scrolling through, my very first Instagram post stood out to me.
Here it is:
The comment under it, just said: “Smile”.
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While thinking about how I feel about it now, I could only say: “I’m so glad this was my first Instagram post because it reminds me to always remember to smile, no matter what’s happening around me. Smiling is so much easier (and much more worth it) than being angry or upset at the world all the time.” And, just like the comment says, it’s simple; just Smile (one powerful word).
Just a simple smile can turn your whole day around!
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And, also, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I noticed how much it changed and evolved throughout the years.
From: Just random pictures I would find on the internet that seemed interesting.
To: Pictures I take on my own adventures.
It changed from, a random Instagram account, to, more of a traveling account.
It was very interesting to look back and see my own journey because it helped me see that I’ve come very far. And, it gives me hope that I will still keep going far.
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So, now I challenge you to go through one of your social media feeds and find something that sticks out to you, OR, just look at your journey and notice how much your posts have changed over time. (Comment below with what you discovered).
Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to remember where and how you started, and to have faith and hope in your future.
Many bloggers have specific settings where they write and what they use (laptop, tablet, phone, notepad, etc.).
They have an ideal place they go to write about a specific subject using their ideal method of choice.
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I applaud those bloggers because I am not one of those bloggers.
Today, I am writing this post, in the middle of the day, sitting on a bench in the middle of Chile. Yesterday, I wrote a post, late at night, laying on my bed. Tomorrow, I have no idea where I will write.
I write any where & any time using any device I have nearby. I just write whenever I get an idea because I don’t want to forget any of the ideas I get on the spot; they usually turn out to be the best ones.
So, I guess that’s where I write: Anywhere.
I feel like it gives me more creativity to write about my surroundings, instead of always being in the same place (but I understand that having a set work place is probably good for some people, just not me).
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So, Where do you write? (comment below with your ideal writing setting)
For today’s post, I was given an image to form a thought about, and write whatever came to mind. So, my thought when seeing the picture above was: “Life is like a train station!”.
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A train station:A place where people just get off one train to get on another train to get to another destination. But, is that are they are? No.
Yes, some of the people here, you will get to meet, and others will remain strangers. And, most people dislike train stations because they’re boring or too crowded, but I think they play an important role in your journey to your final destination (you don’t have to wait to arrive at your destination to learn something).
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You don’t know where people are coming from, or where they’re going, but, they had an important role to play in your journey, and you played an important role in their journey.
You see… in train stations:
You’re just coming from somewhere to go to a different destination.
And, you meet different/specific people along the way.
And, you learn different lessons.
And then, life keeps moving.
But, even though life keeps moving, thattrain station was an important stop-over in your journey to your next great destination.
Thanks for reading! Remember: Stop-overs are important steps in your journey to your final destination!
So, I’ve officially boarded the plane to Chile. And, all I want to do right now is sleep because it’s currently 01:00 (please consider this when reading the following post).
For those of you interested, I’m flying in a Boeing 777-300ER. And, it’s a completely full flight. But, even though I will be squished in this plane for 10 hours, I am absolutely pumped to land in Chile. Right now, I’m really tired, but I know that once I land, I will catch a second wind of energy.
3 hours later…
I just woke up to the sound of my ear buds playing Spanish music and the smell of breakfast coming. These sounds and smells made me even more excited, (but also a little nervous) for the adventure ahead. I’m excited (and nervous) to see if I learned enough Spanish, and to see what it’s like to live in another country.
2 hours later… (landed)
Well. I’m here, standing on the porch of my hostal room. And, can I just say that as soon as I landed, culture shock (& the heat) hit me like a brick.
I mean, I’ve been preparing for this trip for a while, but still, nothing could have prepared me for this surprise for the following reasoms:
1- I’m coming from winter weather (-10) to Mediterranean summer weather (+30).
2- My brain didn’t realize how fast people actually speak Spanish. They understand me and then think I’m fluent, so they speak faster which makes all my conversations lasts maximum 5 minutes.
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So, it’s 22:00 on my first day (technically half day) here in Chile. (Landed at 13:00 & didn’t get to my hostal until 14:30). And, since then, I’ve just been walking around discovering everything I can, until I crash for the night.
Seriously though, I am SO tired (12 hours of flying later). I was ready to go to bed at 20:00, but I’m trying to get over jetlag as quickly as possible because I have a busy and exciting 3 months ahead of me.
And, even though all I did today was walk around and visit the local grocery store, I feel like I already learned a lot about the culture.
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Well, that’s my journey here and my first thoughts during my first day in Santiago, Chile. I’m going to sleep now, so tomorrow can be an even better day.
P.S. I don’t know if I’ll actually continue writing these everyday day with day 1, day 2 and so on; but for now, let’s say so.
I’m tired of feeling stuck! I want to travel & experience new & different things!
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I’m tired of living in this bubble of what I know about the world. I am starting to get tired of my comfort zone (I think this is a sign that I need to change something). I want to travel & explore the world because I want to learn more about the unknown.
The bubble that I live was a great place to grow up in, but, now I am ready to grow/change outside of my comfort zone.
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After the few trips abroad that I’ve taken, I now realize that everyone should try & grow outside of their comfort zone because it’s the only way to truly learn who you are, while also learning that the safe bubble you currently live in is not an accurate representation of yourself and the world. There’s a whole world out there waiting for you to discover it & learn the truth about yourself and the world you live in!
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Sometimes we need to let go & move on; away from what we know because there’s so much that we still don’t know. We must travel & see new things to keep growing!
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Some people will say that they grow during different seasons of their life, but I know (from experience), that it’s a different type of growth. You see, growing inside your comfort zone during a different period in your life is vastly different than growing outside your comfort during different periods in your life.
When you grow outside of your comfort zone, in the unknown, you are not only growing during a different period in your life, you are learning, growing, exploring and realizing that you are different than you thought.
You are growing during a different period in your life in a completely new environment.
If you’re scared to step out into the unknown, you need to realize that being scared means that you’re too comfortable where you are and should really considerstepping out. And, if you’re scared because you don’t know what will happen, that’s perfect! That’s why it’s called “the unknown”, you shouldn’t know what’s going to happen next. That’s what makes stepping out into the next chapter of your life so exciting; you are completely oblivious to what will happen next (just like traveling; you can plan a trip as much a you want, but when you arrive at your destination your plans could change drastically, & there’s nothing you can do about it, it will inevitably happen). But, that’s what makes traveling so exciting (at least, for me), going with the flow & living in the moment.
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Anyways, all this to say: Please don’t be afraid of the unknown! I know it can be scary at first, but who knows what can happen if you just take that step you’ve always been scared to take! The only way to find out is to:
Step out into the unknown!
Thank for reading! I hope this post encouraged you in some way! Now, get out there and:
Buses, airplanes, trains, and anything else that transports multiple people to a certain destination. I love it all!
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Well, I can’t answer that because I don’t really know!
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I know some people hate it and sometimes I do too. Who wants to sit in a bus full a people with germs?
If you think about it that way, of course it sounds terrible.
But, think about it this way: you and a bunch of others strangers are headed in the same direction to a similar destination.
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On a plane, when you are flying to your destination (maybe tropical vacation or for business); You don’t know what anyone else is doing when they get to their destination. All you know is, you probably paid the same amount of money to be on this plane (excluding business vs economy) headed to this place and you’re both going for completely different reasons.
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I’ve always found this quite interesting; And, I don’t really know why, but just that thought makes public transportation interesting to me.
Thanks for reading! 🙂
P.S. Like this post if you feel the same way or if you are the complete opposite.