This traveller is badass: she negotiated a leave of absence from work and travelled around the world for 10 months…by herself.
My next stop: Raleigh, North Carolina for New Year’s Eve
My wildest and craziest adventure was: Taking a year off from my job to travel for ten and a half months across five continents and twenty countries…by myself.
Weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten or drank: Sea urchin out of the shell on a boat in southern Vietnam….it definitely wasn’t for me, but then again, I don’t love custard. And this was like sea custard.
I’ll never forget that time: So many times I won’t forget!! But I’ll never forget going to a random show in Rotorura, New Zealand, in the Netherlands Hall and seeing one of the best folk/rock music performances of my life in a small venue decorated like a country wedding. In a town that smells like a sulpher pit. Because it was built on a sulpher pit.
Most memorable meal: Eating an absolutely delicious salad of roasted tea leaves, lotus nuts and rice, served with broth by a lovely cheerful lady in Kalaw, Myanmar. Her tiny stall was beside a market that sold everything imaginable on plastic tarps and a Buddhist temple decorated entirely with pieces of reflective coloured glass. For dessert I walked across the street to have creamy chai tea and fried dough. One of the most enjoyable meals I’ve ever had, at what felt like a pioneer outstop at the end of the earth, all for about $1.50 CDN.
Three things I always pack: Lace underwear, because it dries quickly. Black flats, aka “museum shoes” and black eyeliner. Just because you’re a dirty backpacker doesn’t mean you always want to look like a dirty backer.
My travel advice: Sometimes scrimping and saving doesn’t pay off. Taking the bus with all your gear might save you $10, but is it really worth it? For years my defacto decision making was to based on the cheapest option. It took me awhile to convince myself that the cheapest options was not always the best, or the smartest, especially when travelling alone. Same goes for “add-on” experiences. It costs $300 to go skydiving in New Zealand? Yes, that’s a lot, but how much did it cost to get there and stay for a month?! Don’t just stay in the hostel once you arrive!