Solo Trip to Malacca Malaysia – Flashback Friday

Solo Trip to Malacca Malaysia – Flashback Friday

Malacca was the first place I visited in Malaysia during my 7 month solo backpacking journey around Southeast Asia in 1993. I also visited the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and enjoyed a few days on the island Palau Perhentian Kecil, so I enjoyed some variety in locations. I visited Malaysia in March and it was hot in […]

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Solo Trip to Marrakech Morocco – Flashback Friday

Solo Trip to Marrakech Morocco – Flashback Friday

I booked my solo trip to Marrakech Morocco in early 2010. It was travel therapy. Some people go shopping when they feel unhappy. I make travel arrangements. I love visiting places with a rich history – Istanbul and Barcelona are two of my favorite cities due to the intoxicating mix of ancient and modern within […]

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Life Lessons for Solo Travelers – Learning from Experience

Life Lessons for Solo Travelers – Learning from Experience

Many of the life lessons I apply to solo travel I learned from past experiences completely unrelated to travel. My regular gig these days is bookkeeping and most of my life I have been in the accounting line of work. I also daytraded for six years and learned many life lessons that I can apply […]

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Balancing Act in Indonesia – Flashback Friday

Balancing Act in Indonesia – Flashback Friday

What’s the best way to transport things and stuff when you are walking? I carried a backpack when I began my solo journey to Southeast Asia in early 1993. After my backpack broke down I replaced it with a couple of duffel bags created from patchwork batik cloth. The idea of carrying things on my […]

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Fresh Coconut at Candidasa – Flashback Friday

Fresh Coconut at Candidasa – Flashback Friday

Fresh coconut adorned the top of every tropical fruit salad during my two months in Bali Indonesia. Mango, papaya, banana, and coconut palm trees provided abundant fruit at each guesthouse I stayed at in Bali. I became spoiled with the luxury of fresh from the tree fruit salads each morning for breakfast, along with the standard thermos […]

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Nomadic Life Ups and Downs – Overcoming Challenges of Remote Work

Nomadic Life Ups and Downs – Overcoming Challenges of Remote Work

Leaving Austin Texas to begin my nomadic life I felt a sense of freedom and a little angst. What challenges would I face in my first weeks as a nomad? Did I have everything I needed? What did I forget to do, set up, cancel, transfer, etc? Would this nomadic life experiment turn into an exhilarating […]

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Driving to Big Bend National Park from Austin TX Flashback Friday Road Trip

Driving to Big Bend National Park from Austin TX Flashback Friday Road Trip

  My first solo road trip to west Texas in December 2010 influenced the start of my nomadic life. I choose to return the area to spend a couple of weeks exploring and working, getting used to my new nomad life. Wide open spaces, scenic drives in and around the Chisos, Davis, and Chinati mountain […]

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Malacca Malaysia Musicians – Flashback Friday

Malacca Malaysia Musicians – Flashback Friday

  Malacca Malaysia is a city I would love to visit again! In 1993 I visited Malacca for about a week staying at a guesthouse with several other female solo travelers. A few of us met again in Kuala Lumpur, another city that I would enjoy visiting again. Looking over my old photos makes me want […]

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The Seashell Girls of Gili Air – Flashback Friday

The Seashell Girls of Gili Air – Flashback Friday

  My adorable friends, the seashell girls, visited me often at my lodging on the island of Gili Air. A choppy ferry ride from Bali to Lombok and a short hop to Gili Air in a tiny boat that felt like it would capsize at any moment brought me to the tiny island. Walking around […]

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Putting the “Pro” in Procrastination – deadlines anyone?

Putting the “Pro” in Procrastination – deadlines anyone?

What is it about deadlines that I must flirt with them so extensively before finally giving in to them? In two weeks plus three days I will be traipsing around Alpine Texas and not sitting in my Austin apartment, on my fiendishly stylish (and oh-so-comfortable) Humanscale Liberty office chair, that should have been listed on Craigslist quite some time […]

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Candidasa Bali Indonesia – Flashback Friday

Candidasa Bali Indonesia – Flashback Friday

Ahhh listening to the waves roll up to the sandy beach next to my room. Fond memories of my beach side room at the Agung Guesthouse in Candidasa Bali Indonesia, one of thousands of islands that make up the archipelago of Indonesia. I visited only 7 of the islands: Java, Bali, Lombok, Gili Air, Sumbawa, […]

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Visiting Flores Indonesia – Flashback Friday

Visiting Flores Indonesia – Flashback Friday

  “I have a guesthouse in Moni, why don’t you stay with me?!” smiled the woman sitting next to me. Awaiting a bus to trade the coastal town of Ende for volcano vistas in Moni on the island of Flores Indonesia I had struck up a conversation with Amina Moi. I filled in my travel companions and […]

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