A Wandering Foreigner

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Central America, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

Visiting Semuc Champey: The Journey From Hell That’s Totally Worth It

“The road’s a pain in the a$$ but totally worth it.” That’s what everyone told me when I said I was going to Semuc Champey in Guatemala. They were right. The journey is terrible, no matter where you start. And the last hour is particularly special as you lumber through potholes dodging and swerving around trucks and cars along the narrow, twisting dirt road. The end result when arriving is a small, remote Guatemalan  ...

Central America, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log, Travel Planning

Lake Atitlan: Reconnecting with Myself by a Volcanic Lake

Lake Atitlan in Guatemala has been high on my list of places to visit for a while now. I think, especially, because I’ve spent so much time on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua that it felt like an obvious assumption I would love Lake Atitlan as well. Lake Atitlan is beautiful, and I did enjoy it. For those of us that may or may not believe it, both Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua and Lake Atitlan offer a similar, spiritual and healing  ...

Inspiration, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

Where Am I Now: Living in an Eco-Village in Nicaragua

Yes. You read that right. I am currently living in an eco-village in Nicaragua. But not just anywhere in Nicaragua. I’m on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua, one of the most special places I’ve encountered during my years of travel. What can I say? This island has me hooked. Not only that, I’m living with an earth-based spiritual community called InanItah. What Happens When Things Don’t Go as Planned How did I end up here? I’ve been asking  ...

Inspiration, Solo Travel

This is Why You’re Allowed to be Nervous to Travel Solo

I still get nervous to travel solo. I’m about to begin my third solo backpacking trip, and the nerves are starting to kick in. It’s a weird feeling to wrap my brain around because I think I should’ve moved past this point. Clearly, I haven’t. I’ve been traveling solo for years now, and I have confidence in my ability to not only to be successful at it but to have a fantastic time doing it. But this week,  ...

Nicaragua, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

León, Nicaragua: The Hits & Misses

My time in León, Nicaragua was combined with a variety of hits and misses. I spent 10 days in the surrounding León area between the city, beaches, and volcanoes. Compared to Granada, I think León has more to offer for activities, making it easy to spend days exploring. One thing to note about León: it’s hot. Like real hot. I could only spend about two to three days at a time in the city before escaping to find relief from the heat.  ...

Nicaragua, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

Matagalpa, Nicaragua: Why No Plan is the Best Plan

No plan is the best plan when traveling solo. You hear it over and over while traveling, but a lot of times this is easier said than done. Showing up to a new place with zero plan is difficult for many of us. It’s hard to show up and trust that everything is going to work out the way it should, but my time in Matagalpa, Nicaragua reminded me of this beautiful concept. How choosing to let go of the plan, let go of the  ...

Nicaragua, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

Granada, Nicaragua: A Reminder That We’re Never Alone

After five days on a sleepy, dreamy beach I arrived in busy and slightly overwhelming Granada, Nicaragua. The travel itself was actually one of the easier trips, taking a take a tuk-tuk to Las Salinas, a one hour bus to Rivas, and another two-hour bus to Granada. The journey overall was pretty seamless and I arrived in boiling hot Granada in the early afternoon – the first Latin American city I’ve visited since San Jose, Costa  ...

Nicaragua, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

Surfing in Popoyo, Nicaragua

Popoyo, Nicaragua was an unexpected addition to my every-evolving itinerary. I didn’t know the sleepy beach town even existed until I heard friends in Ometepe talking about how much they loved it; so when I heard my long-lost travel companion had plans to go, I decided to tag along. Before arriving, I assumed I’d be there for a maximum of two nights. I’m not a surfer, and while I love the ocean it scares me a bit. I figured  ...

Nicaragua, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

From Santa Teresa to Nicaragua: The Tiny Victories of Solo Travel

Goodbye to Costa Rica After a relaxing week of beach lounging, reading, writing, and quality time with new friends, I had to say good-bye to Santa Teresa and the Nicoya Peninsula. We’ve spent nearly five weeks together. A sad moment, but I’m ready to move on and continue with my trip. Santa Teresa was the perfect way to ease myself back into the “real” world and I feel ready now to go off and travel solo for the next five weeks. After  ...

Inspiration, Solo Travel

What I’ve Learned from Two Years of Travel

Last month was the two-year anniversary of my blog. But it also marks the beginning of a life-changing decision to go down a different path, and I never thought I’d be where I am today. Looking back on the last two years, it’s amazing to see how much I’ve grown and changed; how much travel has taught me about myself, others, and what this beautiful world has to offer. When I decided to quit my career to travel the world on  ...