I have been traveling and living in the world since 2010. Since then, I have traveled extensively through Europe, North America, the Middle East, and SE Asia and I have lived in New York, Philadelphia, Munich, Berlin, and Dubrovnik.
I am currently on an indefinite adventure. I left home in January 2015 with no return ticket, and spent four months in India. After that enjoyed a European summer, and a chilly fall in Turkey.
After a quick trip home to Washington, D.C. for work, I have spent my time in 2016 in the Middle East, visiting Israel, Palestine, and Jordan, so far.
I am looking forward to getting to other parts of the world in search of savory spices, unique vegetables, and authentic dishes!
I usually travel solo, and think this really is the best way to travel, why?
- You can do whatever you want, whenever you want.
- You don’t have to compromise location, money, food, sights, or anything, because it is YOUR trip.
- There’s plenty of time for personal reflection.
- It makes you learn to bear, and then appreciate your own company.
- It is easier to meet other travelers, especially other solo travelers.
- It shows you how resilient and creative you can really be.
- It is easy to meet and befriend locals.
- It’s exhilarating!
*As a woman, traveling in Europe is even safer than traveling in the U.S. and I have never had a problem with safety. But, you still must take proper precautions when traveling alone, especially on trains, or in more rural areas.
Visit friends!! Besides traveling solo, I love visiting friends in their hometown. This is the best way to have an authentic experience in a place, and usually, you will even have a place to stay and a kitchen to cook for your friends. It is lovely to have friends all over the world, many I have met through travel, and I love it when friends stop by D.C. as well, because it gives me an excuse to be a tourist in my own town.
How do I travel? What about work and stuff?
Well, I have somehow been blessed that no one has hired me for a career in my field. I studied Politics and International Relations, and the job market in this field in the U.S. is currently not promising (unpaid internships anyone? I have done a few…). So, even though I have gone through periods where I am steadily looking for employment, I have relied on more temporary work to get by, and save money for travels.
I work in restaurants and as a nanny. I have found that the best place for people looking to take long breaks from life are in jobs that require some skill and training, but in fields with day to day work as opposed to ongoing projects. Let me explain, at a restaurant, a server must learn the menu and the systems in that particular restaurant, but the task of a server is to serve the tables in their section at that very moment in time. I have come and gone from several restaurants, taking breaks in between for school or travels, and I am welcomed back, as an experienced employee the company doesn’t have to reinvest training in.
Nannying can be very temporary, and I have done jobs for a day at a time, or a few months in length. I work with a nanny agency which has set up these jobs for me around the area. Plus, you can babysit, or work as au pair abroad if you would like to work overseas.
In the U.S. these two fields are well paid, though restaurants are not very enjoyable, but these work opportunities have allowed me to save for my travels.
Are you planning a trip abroad or curious about travels? Have questions? I am always here, and happy to help you. If you have any questions, or comments, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or connect with me via Twitter or Facebook. I hope you enjoy my recipes and posts and I look forward to any and all feedback.
List of Countries I have Visited:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Holy See (Vatican City)
- Netherlands (The)
- United States
- U.S. Virgin Island