"To me, Japan is a country of convenience, politeness, discipline and gorgeous landscapes. It’s the country where napping on the train during the commute is perfectly normal. It’s home to the most polite and helpful people I have ever encountered."
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.”
“Living in a place that was away from the hustle and bustle of the usual tourist spots gave me a greater insight into the Ecuadorian way of life.”
"We act as if it is normal to say “I am busy” every time somebody asks us how we are."
This is a story about New York City and my expectations of the city as a girl who had never been outside of Europe.
"It is impossible to resist its Andalusian charm, the flamenco, tapas, wine and sun. I love it! Maybe I’ll never return home."
"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."
“If we would do everything our way we wouldn’t be doing much here, so we are embracing it as much as possible.”
"...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."
“Finnish people love their summer and so do I. I enjoyed the long sunny days, bathing in the lake and warming up in their traditional sauna.”
“There we women were dressed in black abaya from head to toe, a hot and uncomfortable novelty, but we were generously allowed into the glittering, mirror-mosaic interiors of the mosques where rich carpets from wall to wall provided seating for thousands of pilgrims, all of them happy to see us, non-Muslims, in their holiest of places.”
"There were totally moments during my travels that I wished I could have shared with someone, and times when having a second opinion could have saved me from myself (see below) … but, for the most part, I really, really enjoyed 'going it alone', and I would highly recommend it."
"Ireland has occupied a place in my imagination ever since I can remember. When I was growing up, my grandfather told me that I was an Irish princess, and that I descended from a line of brilliant Irish kings. I believed in this fairy tale until I was old enough to know better, much to my grandfather’s amusement and delight."
“Each evening we sat down with iPads, tea, maps and guidebooks, and figured out the route for the next day. In those ten days, we saw so many incredible things that I never ever expected when first setting off.”
“Each day we went from stages of absolute misery in the mornings as we pulled ourselves up on our aching legs to euphoria as we passed through an ancient ruin site or reached a new peak.”
“The entire six months were filled with feelings of incredulous awe and appreciation. Both of the unparalleled scenes of nature, and a humble appreciation for the daily realities and routines of the people around us.”
"It's a jaw-dropping place, with colourful villages clinging to a steep green coast above the crystal-clear Ligurian Sea, but that's not what made it so special."
“On our first night I was so tired from the 33hr door to door travel but I just wanted to cram it all in. Times Square, yellow cabs, hot-dog stands and sky-scrapers that made Auckland buildings look like match-sticks.”
“I will never forget the moments before departure at Auckland Airport. The energy was amazing. Uncertain faces and nervous smiles surrounded me – you could almost taste the excitement and apprehension in the room. For many students, this would be their first time away from their parents.”
“Q: what’s the worst thing that can happen to you right now?
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!