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Hiking Banaue to Batad Rice Terraces

March 5, 2020 6 Comments »

I had been hearing about the amazing beaches in the Philippines for years now, so I always had it on my list as a ‘must see’. I had the perfect opportunity to travel to the Philippines for my niece’s softball tournament so I thought this would be my chance to finally experience the Philippine beach […]

How I Ended Up On My First Solo Trip

January 8, 2019 7 Comments »

fist time solo travels

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from blogger Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie. I met Jackie recently at a Blog conference and she so nicely said to me, “you inspired me to travel solo!” I was so touched as I heard her story of her hearing me speak […]

20 Tips for Traveling Alone for the First Time

January 2, 2019 8 Comments »

traveling alone for the first time

Is this the year you will finally take that first solo trip? I was probably like you 12 years ago obsessing on how I was more intimidated than excited about traveling alone for the first time. In 2006 I left my corporate career to take a career break and travel around the world for a […]

Roam Sweet Roam Car Camping

September 17, 2018 20 Comments »

solo car camping tips

I read the Facebook comment “If you’re anywhere near Crested Butte, I’d love to say hi!!” left by Ottsworld reader, Vicki Hill. I often get messages from people/strangers wanting to meet up when I’m in their town or nearby. If I have time on a trip I LOVE to meet readers. Yes, yes I know […]

Top 10 Reasons to Take A Solo Road Trip

May 12, 2016 16 Comments »

Solo Road Trip

I started my travels nearly a decade ago solo – and here I am – still solo and still loving it. I recently had a friend contact me about planning a trip with one of her friends to Ireland and she was lamenting about how hard it was to compromise when the two people had […]

A Chat About Women’s Adventure Travel

November 6, 2015 No Comments »

I co-host a live Twitter Chat on Adventure Travel so that I can continue to get great ideas on adventures to take around the world…and share a few of my own. I Co-host with two other adventurous women, Nellie of Wild Junket and Laurel of Monkeys and Mountains, and occasionally we have ‘special guests’. This […]

Sometimes You Just Have to Walk It Alone

February 3, 2015 11 Comments »

I found myself alone in a strange landscape as the taxi drove off in the rain. I looked around at my foreign landscape and could see for miles – and for miles there was nothing or no one. Not even a tree. I felt like Katniss at the beginning of the Hunger Games – but […]

Taking on the Wild Atlantic Way Solo

January 6, 2015 12 Comments »

I was anxious and nervous as I waited for the guy from Hertz to give me my keys to my rental car. After all, I was taking off on my own driving around a foreign country for 3 weeks exploring the infamous winding, narrow back roads of Ireland. All of this was going to happen […]

Unwanted Advances Along the Lycian Way

February 25, 2014 18 Comments »

Beloren Ruins lycian way

I squinted my eyes and peered out onto the bush filled mountain searching for the trail. “Look, do you see it?” he said as he placed his hand on my knee. “The trail is right here.” Pointing across my body. I still couldn’t really see it but decided to fake it since it would bring […]

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