Category: The Path of One’s Own

Solo travel is perhaps the most frightening, exhilarating, and transformative form of travel. Often combined with other paths, traveling on your own is both challenging and liberating. Here are a few of my stories and recommendations for solo travel.

A Restoration of Faith: It’s About the Journey

And here we are. Last weekend, I had a crisis of faith. Did I do the right thing? Was this path truly leading to where I need to go? Because there are times… there are times it’s exhausting. I joke that my dating profile…

Monsters, Mountains, Starlight, and Finding My Path

It was four years ago this very weekend that my world as I knew it, hoped for it, and was comfortable in, exploded around me. The remaining structures would all crumble in very short due course. Life was stripped bare. There are far worse…

The Art of Getting Lost ~ Teotihuacan, Mexico

I shared a version of this story in May 2015, in my first few days of travel. But I love this story, and all it represents. ~ May 6, 2015 ~ Today was one of those days that is so full I simply don’t…

When Fortune Smiles ~ La Fortuna, Costa Rica

I like winter. For about a month. Then, I’m over it. The holidays are over, and in Wisconsin, there is no end in sight. You have until at least mid April before you even begin to thaw out. In January 2016, I was in…

Light Upon Goddesses ~ Èze, France

I never would have ended up in Èze if it hadn’t been for my brother and sister-in-law. I don’t recall how they found out about it – the hostel or people they met while traveling, perhaps? – but they told me about it. The…

Ballroom Dancing and Hopscotch: The Night of “Why Not?” ~ Edinburgh, Scotland

I have a theory. If you want to have an amazing night out, convince yourself – insist upon it to anyone who asks what your plans are – that you’re going out for just one. I swear it’s the guaranteed way to turn any…

The Mountains are Calling ~ Glacier National Park, Montana

It was mid June. I was facing one of the most challenging emotional times of my life. Every “bad” feeling you can think of fought for space inside me – terror, anger, deep sadness, disappointment, emptiness, exhaustion. I literally ran away to clear my…

Podcast: Why I Did It, How I Did It, and Tackling Fear

I was recently invited to talk travel with Jennifer Buchholz of Transform Via Travel in a live Blab! session. Now in podcast form, I love that I have the chance to share our chat with you. Despite me recovering from a summer cold that…

The Colors of a Sunset ~ Amarapura, Burma/Myanmar

Welcome to my version of Throwback Thursday, a look back to a favorite memory while traveling. To launch this series, I went back a year (a year already?!) to August 18, 2015. From my calendar, photos, and journal, it seems I was midtrip with a…

Video: Because I Can

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