”To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” - Oscar Wilde
Love potions, fortune-telling shamans and sacrificial offerings... this is one fascinating destination you don't want to miss.
We have a proverb in Romania that says: “Even drunk people have their own God.”
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'" - Eleanor Roosevelt
"If anything can save the world, I’d put my money on beauty." - Douglas Tompkins
"But somehow knowing that your time is limited, makes you enjoy the present moment so much more."
"Power without love is reckless and abusive. Love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power as its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love". - Martin Luther King Jr.
"The value of a trip should be measured by the experiences you've made and the lessons you've learned, not by the amount of money you spent."
“I dream of other roads in other lands. Of another home.” - Samuel Beckett
"We act as if it is normal to say “I am busy” every time somebody asks us how we are."
"The next morning JP told me we would be climbing several 450 meter hills over the next three days. 'I thought the coast would be more coasty,' I thought, as panic and dread set in."
This is a story about New York City and my expectations of the city as a girl who had never been outside of Europe.
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West
"I’ve never really told my family about my passion for travel as I don’t think they would understand. My parents still see me as a little girl, not as a grown woman."
"This is the first time I have had time to really get to know Americans (my fellow Peace Corps Volunteers) from other parts of the country and try to understand their point of view on political issues, ethnic traditions and all around general way of being."
"I was astounded to discover these people who had so little, expressed so much joy. I grew up in a society where material possessions were meant to equal happiness."
"Not sure what reactions that would get back home, but one thing is for sure: Nobody would even come up with the idea! If we would do everything our way we wouldn’t be doing much here so we are embracing it as much as possible."
"At this point I was desperate for money and so I started working in the hostel for free accommodation and took on any other jobs I could get."
“A faint glow emerged on the horizon, a welcome change from the blackness of the night. Slowly, the landscape lit up. Never had I been happier to see the sunrise. Tears pricked my eyes and a warm glow flooded my body. I was so proud of myself for making it this far. But I still had a long way to go."
"This cyclone of self-guilt leads me down all of the other times I’ve made similar decisions; charging into environments without maybe fully appreciating the circumstances until completely immersed without any way to back out. The first thing that jumps out at me is something that has shadowed my life over the past 7 years."
“Penguins?” she looks at us incredulously. “You went to see the penguins?” (kind of a mix between ‘why would you do that?’ and ‘is that a thing?’)
"...we darted through the darkness in hidden alleyways, crossed time-worn bridges and passed glittering canals. Little did I know at this point that Venice already had me under its spell."
"Mel and I lay on the beach and talked about life, swam and surfed constantly, met new friends and generally made the most of living in such a magical spot for a short moment in time."
"The course weaved around the city, and gave me outstanding views of the Seine, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Grand Palace, Chateau de Vincennes, and of course I could see the Eiffel Tower in the background at many different points. It was a bit surreal, seeing all of these iconic landmarks that I had only ever seen in books and movies. Sort of like running through a fairy tale…"
Thank you for visiting! Here you will find a collection of travel stories from women around the world. We post new ones each week and every one is as unique and varied as the next. Enjoy!