I have traveled independently for over 2.5 years as a solo female in countries like Colombia, Morocco, and Cambodia. I have learned the best ways to feel comfortable and safe without missing out on adventure or local culture.
Solo travel is my favorite style of travel! I love the freedom and independence I have and I meet more people than I would otherwise. Traveling solo for years, I rarely feel lonely and write about this topic often on my blog.
Health & safety
Natural health and wellness is a huge passion of mine and traveling long term I strive to stay as healthy as possible on the road. I travel with my own natural remedies, maintain an exercise routine, and make my own probiotics.
There seems to be the misconception that travel is expensive, but I spend far less living nomadically than I did living in the USA. In Southeast Asia I typically spent $900 per month, getting regular massages, eating all kinds of food, staying in a wide range of places, and having a great time. I believe it's possible to travel on any budget, no matter how small.
Of every country I've traveled in, Costa Rica is the one that most naturally feels like home. I've been here close to ten times, living in Puerto Viejo Limon and traveling in Samara, Nosara (Playa Guiones), Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Montezuma, Manuel Antonio, Pavones, Corcovado National Park, Monteverde, Arenal, and San Jose. I know the South Caribbean like the back of my hand including Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, and Manzanillo.
I spent 8 months traveling through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. I tried to "taste" a bit of everything from cheap street food to luxury restaurants, slept in beach huts and five star hotels, took tours and left the beaten path on bicycle, foot, and motorbike. In Southeast Asia getting away from the crowds isn't easy, but I managed to find deserted beaches in Thailand and believe that Lombok is the adventurous alternative to Bali.
I spent my first year and half of travels in Central America, using Costa Rica as my home base. I've traveled through the Yucatan in Mexico, the cayes in Belize, islands and cities in Nicaragua, and I sailed from the San Blas Islands in Panama to Colombia's Caribbean coast. I have traveled all over Costa Rica from trekking in the jungle with wild jaguars and pumas to surfing world famous breaks. The South Caribbean surf town of Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica is the one place on earth I consider home
I traveled solo through Morocco in the blue city of Chefchaoeun, swam in waterfalls in Akshor, haggled in souks in crazy Fez and Marrakech, rode camels at sunrise in the other worldly Sahara Desert, and walked the streets of beautiful Essaouira. My brother in law is from Morocco and I have celebrated many Moroccan holidays, know the regional cuisine, and understand many of the customs.
Cambodia is not the easiest country to travel in, but it's easily my favorite. In Cambodia I visited gorgeous deserted islands on the brink of mass development and met people who lived in real poverty yet offered me everything that they had. Witnessing the destruction, learning about the history, and meeting amazing local people changed my worldview. I have been to Siem Reap/Angkor Wat, Kampot, Kep, Phnom Penh, Battambang, Sihanoukville, Otres, Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem, and Koh Ta Kiev.