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The importance of travel community: TBEX 2015 Lloret De Mar, Spain

The Importance of the Travel Community: A Post-TBEX Reflection

Those of you who’ve been following my blog know that I love writing about solo travel and its many benefits for self-development. While I still swear by solo travel as a number one tool for personal growth, the last couple of days made me realise something… I’ve never written about travel as a shared experience which allows you to feel part of the travel community! In fact, I’ve not only undervalued this aspect of travel but was also hugely unaware of how important it is until recently. The idea came when I was organising my notes and business cards from my first TBEX conference in Costa Brava, Spain which took place the week before. For those of you who don’t know, TBEX is the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and industry professionals. It’s basically the place to be to learn new tricks of the trade, get inspired, connect with travel professionals and fangirl over your blogger heroes (guilty!) while sipping cocktails at a private beach and enjoying free trips which may or may not involve catamaran sailing …

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Why You Should Travel Solo While in a Relationship

I’ve always been a huge advocate of solo travel – I honestly believe that there’s no better way to evolve as a person and to truly get to know yourself than by embracing the spirit of adventure and throwing yourself into the unknown. The “unknown” isn’t a scary place, quite the opposite – it’s where you are free to make your own choices and learn to depend on no one but yourself.  It’s where you develop into a better, stronger and more open-minded version of yourself. There’s no doubt that solo travel enriches your life and gives you the freedom to celebrate who you are and what you want from life. Ok, but what if you’re in a relationship? Sure, it’s easy to travel solo when you’re  single, but what if you’re not? Surprisingly, there are very few articles addressing the issue of travelling solo while  in a relationship. Not only that, no one seems to be addressing the endless benefits that solo travel can have on our relationships! As someone who cannot imagine life without travel and lives in what can only be …

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How to Travel the World on a Budget

The question I get asked the most as a digital nomad, is how do I afford to travel so much. It’s a common misconception that frequent or long-term travel is expensive. It’s not, if you do it right! It’s all in the approach – the way you budget for long-term travel or for frequent trips throughout the year is completely different to planning a few days’ vacation, which is when you usually splash out and overspend. Long term and frequent travel is more of a lifestyle – it involves budgeting ahead, saving money along the way whenever possible and spending extra only on special occasions. For example, last year, I spent over two months island hopping in the Greek Islands and travelling through Turkey. I’ve exceeded my usual budget only by around €200 a month (excluding flights to Greece and from Turkey). I could have easily spent less but I wasn’t on a strict budget at the time. The point is, if I can do it, so can you! Here’s how you can travel the world on a budget! …

Tips for First Time Solo Female Travellers

Tips for First Time Solo Female Travelers

First of all – congratulations! The world of solo travel may seem a bit scary at first, so well done for taking the leap! You are soon to find out that travelling on your own is one of the most incredible and rewarding experiences. Before that happens though, you might be feeling a bit unsure so I’ve put together a list of essential tips for first time solo female travellers. They are based on my personal experience as a digital nomad and solo traveller. I hope you ladies find them useful! Getting Started If you’re feeling confident and want to start your solo adventure by throwing yourself at the deep end and choosing an exotic or remote destination – go for it! My first solo trip was to Beijing and while I was definitely in for a culture shock, I loved the experience that came with it. However, first time solo travellers tend to be a bit more cautious; if that’s the case with you, then it’s best to: Choose a destination that will be …

Ignore What People Say and Follow Your Heart

Why You Should Ignore What Everyone Says and Follow Your Heart

Does any of this sound familiar to you? It’s a new day, but you don’t feel like getting out of bed. Not because you’re still sleepy, but ‘cause you don’t have much to look forward to. You already know how your day is going to go – after all, you’ve been following the same routine for months, if not years. The predictability that comes with the sound of your alarm is draining and boring. And yet, deep down, you know that there’s something you’ve been dreaming of doing, something which could change your mornings from mundane to exciting. The problem is, you’ve compromised this dream for the sake of the opinions of others. You basically let what other people think of your life choices get in the way of your passion. I think it’s safe to say that by the time we’re in our mid 20s and 30s we already know ourselves well enough to have an idea of what makes us happy. I don’t mean the kind of happiness that comes with owning a lot of material possessions …

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Five Things to Remember in the New Year

Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions You’ll most likely forget about them by the end of January. Instead, commit yourself to ONE important goal which you truly believe will improve your life. Whether it’s travelling more, being more optimistic or concentrating on your self-development, make sure to stick to it, and see how your life changes for the better. Remember That You Can be Whoever You Want to Be You’re the one in charge of your life – if there’s something you want to achieve, the only person who can stop you is you. It may sound obvious, but it’s not. How many times have you let the opinion of others discourage you and get in the way of your dreams?  How many times have you blamed others for your shortcomings? Believe in yourself, even if you feel that no one else does. Take control of your life. Your inner strength and the belief in your vision will get you through any difficulties and help you achieve your goals. I won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it in the end! …

The Best Solo Travel Destinations 2015

The 5 Best Destinations for Solo Travel in 2015

Planning your 2015 adventures? Here’s a list of some of the best destinations for solo travellers in 2015! Japan Why Japan? Japan is overwhelmingly beautiful in almost every way you can imagine. Its stunning temples perfectly balance the architectural excellence with a sense of peace and serenity; the food is simply exquisite and the absolute best I have tried anywhere in the world. The natural sites will make you feel like you’ve stepped inside a fairytale and Japanese cities, Tokyo in particular, are a head-spinning, enchanting mix of the old and the new. To top all this off, the Japanese are the most polite people I have ever come across and you can be sure that there will always be someone willing to help you out should you have any problems on your travels. What makes it a great place for solo travel? Japan is extremely safe – to the point where you can leave your bike unlocked in the middle of Tokyo’s busiest street without worrying about it being stolen. If you lose your wallet, …

How to become a digital nomad and travel the world, quit 9-5

How to Become a Digital Nomad and Travel the World Forever

Digital nomad has recently become a bit of a buzzword. It refers to a location-independent person who combines work with travel using digital technology. Digital nomads are usually freelancers, contractors and business owners whose work doesn’t bound them to one location. They can basically work from anywhere in the world. Keep reading to find out how to become one! Working in digital offers some of the best opportunities for remote work. Since all your projects are based online, you can work from anywhere, as long as you have wifi access! A dream come true for travel lovers? Absolutely. I’ve been working freelance as an SEO specialist and living the life of a digital nomad for 3 years. I’m not always on the move as I like having a base in between my trips but more often than not, I’m on the road and my work is travelling with me. As I’m typing this, I’m sat on the top floor of a medieval convent-turned library in the historical centre of Florence, Italy. It’s a crisp, winter morning; the sky is …

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Why Every Woman Should Travel Solo

Have you been wanting to travel solo but keep coming up with excuses not to? It’s not an exaggeration to say that solo travel is one of the most incredible, life-changing experiences, and it would be a great shame to let it slip without even trying. With the New Year coming up, you couldn’t ask for a better time to  make a few changes in your life and try something new. Here’s why I think every woman should travel solo and how solo travel can help you become a stronger, more self-assured and loving person. Redesign Yourself Arriving at a new place where no one knows you, where you’re free from the influence of your friends, your family’s expectations and your usual day-to-day schedule, gives you the perfect chance to truly concentrate on yourself. Sometimes we lose ourselves, living the life we never really wanted just because someone, somewhere along the way told us that it would be good for us. Ask yourself: what is it that you really want? What would you do if you didn’t …