Travel Thought Thursday :- The Last Frontier

With my recent return to Hong Kong and then a visit of the Philippines next week, I am contending with family issues. Within the past few years, I have significantly shifted my perspectives, broken down and rebuilt my own version of my belief system, more so since my journeys in 2013 and 2014. I appreciate these changes in me, however, they contrast the belief systems held by my family but do form the basis of my evolution.

This post is in regards to traveling outside of one’s psychological boundaries and barriers. What happens when you’re the lone dove who wants to test out your wings?

To me, “leaving the nest”, typically relates to finding financial independence and creating my own home and life. What about the mental and emotional aspects of “leaving the nest”?

Finding the courage to break away from familial structure and mind set is challenging, if not at times – impossible. I would know. Despite the fact that I have been alive for 40 years now, this is still a struggle of mine. My mother, does not approve of my ways, neither does my brothers. I receive more love and support from friends and complete strangers. Sad, I know.
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Women’s Day 2015

When will each person on this planet be seen as who they truly are – an individual, a human being!?

Equal opportunity. Equal pay. Mutual respect.

Not separated as Man vs. Woman.

Not divided by the skin color or religious belief.

As a solo female traveler to over 50 countries in the world, I have seen my fair share of discrimination and experienced harassment – unfortunately. Not one country is perfect. It might be impossible to be perfect but I hope to see REAL change within this lifetime. Continue reading

Ask SWT! – Travel companions…

Now that I’m back on the road, curiosity strikes when I meet new people – locals or fellow travelers alike. So I thought it might be interesting to share the questions I get asked and my answers here. If you have a question, feel free and ask away. I will do my best to answer them!

The scenario:

I met a mother and daughter who are from Saskatoon, Canada who are visiting Greece and Turkey for 3 weeks. We met at the Trikala bus station and were headed to Meteora, Greece. The following day we met again on the bus ride up to the famous Megalo Meteoro Monastery. They are on a pilgrimage of sorts. Continue reading