Thoughts after 500 posts…

Good Saturday Morning from Paris, France!!

Looking at my WordPress Dashboard, it’s reminding me today it will be posting my 500th post.Sculpture of Madame Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux en toilette de mariee by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux found in Petit Palais Paris France

I migrated my Single Woman Travels! site from Tumblr to WordPress back in November 2013. It’s been quite the journey because I traveled for 8 months in 2013 and now I’m in the middle of a 6 months pilgrimage/journey in Europe.

I have been very fortunate to have found this outlet to share my images and thoughts with you.

Thank you for your time, attention and acknowledgement of my thoughts and ideas.

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Travel Thought Thursday :- Fulfill Your Desire to Travel

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Solo travel has helped shaped me to be who I am today.

I started traveling alone out of necessity and not for pleasure.

As you see, my family immigrated to Canada as a whole when I was young. However due to various circumstances, they all drifted back to Hong Kong. I was left in Winnipeg, Canada to finish school alone. During my summer vacations, I’d travel to Hong Kong to see my family. That was the only way for me to spend time with them physically. Fortunately, my family was able to finance these visits each year.

It’s a mixture of complex emotions that I did not realize until much later. That was life as I knew it. I was in survival mode without conscious awareness.

After the fact, some friends and acquaintances see it as a sad childhood. Maybe so, however, it definitely helped shape my independence and ease with international solo travel. It also inspired an intrigue to learn from exploration and feed my curiosity.

Canadian passport with airline stickers from the past

My Canadian Passport with airline stickers

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Daily Life in Ubud, Bali

Sometimes when I’m busy as a tourist in a different country, different city, different area – I forget that all the locals are carrying on with their daily life, as with my friends and family. If I temporarily forget my bucket list and try to connect and observe the normalcy that is occurring in front of my eyes, perhaps I can be a part of it too.

While visiting in Ubud, Bali – I wandered and doddled without a plan and just observed…

One of many rice paddy in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

One of many rice paddy

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Experience First Flight with Women in their 70’s

This morning my attention was drawn to this video that Vodafone posted on their Firsts.com site.

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Travel + Love = Fling OR The REAL Thing

Love - Romance - Fling - Travel

Love – Romance – Fling – Travel

LOVE – is a beautiful thing to share and to have in life.

Personally I’ve been in a couple of (very) long term relationship and a smattering of shorter ones. I have traveled while in relationships and while single – though recently mostly the later, hence the name of my blog.

Traveling solo as a single woman may leave me vulnerable at times, however, it also help create opportunities I would not have if I was attached. I have noticed, in general, when people travel alone, they become a bit bolder and braver – willing to do things they would never dream of doing when in a familiar place or with familiar faces. Continue reading

My first time… Hitch Hiking!

Karen Sze - Single Woman hitch hiking in Chile

Karen Sze – Single Woman hitch hiking in Chile

On my second last day in Puerto Varas, Chile (Feb 2 2013) – I woke up with my mind and heart set on discovering a little known natural hot spring called Termas de Ralún and visiting the Saltos del Petrohue (Petrohue waterfalls). There was a brief mention of the hot spring in my copy of The Rough Guide to Chile. The hot spring is on the northeastern shore of the Petrohue river and borders the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Any time I hear or read about hot springs and spas – I want to go!! Let alone, this one is completely set within a forest and without any infrastructure.

How cool is that!? A real natural hot spring. Free of charge. No big crowds. A hidden gem!! I was super excited that morning. Continue reading