Chronicles of an Expat: Is it hard to adapt to a new place?

Moving to new country is always a difficult task. From all the farewells, to missing your family to getting used to new foods and tastes there are changes that could be traumatic. I moved from Puerto Rico to Spain 8 months ago. Many people thought that it would be fun, because I was moving to a country where I wouldn’t have any problem with my native language but it turned...

Genderfluid travel: What skin shall I wear today?

When gender can’t be read upon first impression, all kinds of obstacles show up on your path. You can feel the burning eyes of bypassers and you see questions pop up on their faces. “Are you a woman or a man?” Westerners may be more accustomed to this than inhabitants of rural areas or other countries. Although I’ve come across these questions everywhere in the world. A lot of awkward...

Giant leap of faith: How I gave up everything to travel

When people come to know that I’m teaching English in Vietnam, the general response is, ‘wow that’s awesome’, ‘it must be an amazing experience’ or ‘you’re so fortunate to be able to do that.’ Yeah, this is all true but this journey has not been without its challenges. To say that I’d been toying with the idea of working abroad for more than a decade is no exaggeration. The thought...

Your Story: Preserving Balinese Handicrafts

Many years ago, I was in New York City attending a lecture presented by the Dali Lama. He spoke about the importance of language and tradition to preserve culture and the identity of its people. It compelled a desire within me to open a store and sell art and crafts from around the world. I imagined a store with a worldly vibe providing each visitor a global journey experience with...

How travelling changed my life

How travelling changed my life

Everyone knows that travel is beneficial: you are exposed to other cultures, you relax, and you might even learn something. But occasionally you meet someone – or discover you are someone – who needs to travel, who feels that pull in the pit of their chest when they’ve been stationary too long. Everybody changes as they get older but it was travelling that taught me lessons that I will hold...

Why we all deserve to travel

Why we all deserve to travel

The first time I moved away from home to live abroad for an extended period of time, I was an internal mess. I had been trudging through five years of dead-end jobs, supporting myself throughout, and was attending a university that didn’t feel right for me. I had chosen Spanish as a path of study out of desperation to graduate on time. I had no clue what my “plan” was....

Women traveling solo in Muslim countries

Women traveling solo in Muslim countries

Travelling is in my genes. My mother is an avid traveler herself and I grew up with her stories from far away countries. My mother loved the Middle East and traveled frequently to Jordan and Israel. When I was 14, my mother took me on my first backpacking trip to Egypt to teach me how to travel. Once I was old enough I took every opportunity I had to grab...

My Seoul Story: A traveler’s journey of aborting abroad

My Seoul Story: A traveler's journey of aborting abroad

What If I told you that behind my #happy #livingthelife #Ilovekorea #blessed #travelforever hastags was a girl that was filled with #guilt #pain #confusion and #loss. This is the other half of my story, the one that I have kept inside for a long time… Expect the unexpected Last year I was faced with the the situation that so many other women have faced in their life time. The lines...

How travel healed my broken heart

How travel healed my broken heart

Sitting on the couch typing this article I know I am much stronger now than the girl I was three years ago. Planning a solo trip to Berlin would have been a foreign concept to the old me. Yet here I am. Healing my heart. Googling away. Feeding my soul and adventuring, by myself. I have been told by friends and strangers that writing is cathartic and it helped them...

Your Story: My Canadian Dream

As far as I remember I’ve always loved travelling. I guess you can say I’m a traveler. My adventures began when I was 19. I spent 3 months by myself in India where I was helping at an elementary school. But what I am about to tell you is about my “Canadian Dream”. In 2015 I decided to explore the Western Canadian wilderness, from BC and Vancouver Island to Alberta...