"Unfortunately, life had plans for me that did not involve taking a single footstep in my hiking boots."
"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."
”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 act as if it is normal to say “I am busy” every time somebody asks us how we are."
"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."
“If we would do everything our way we wouldn’t be doing much here, so we are embracing it as much as possible.”
“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?’)
“I fell in love with travelling, ‘caught the bug’ as so many people say. I spent the next two years exploring New Zealand - and met my now fiancé.”
"Being confronted with children on the streets, begging to survive, I felt a great need to do something, rather than accept this inequality as normal."
“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.”
"I returned home and sold my store and planned to move to Australia for a year. This was one of the biggest decisions of my life so far. But even though I felt nervous, I felt very alive."
“Home is my love but New Zealand is my mistress, or maybe more; I'm still deciding if I prefer her long term.”
“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.”
"It was a pretty rainy day so we nearly cancelled, thinking it might be too slippery; this was my first sign that maybe this wasn’t just a hard walk."
“You know the light you see in someone’s eyes when they talk about something they really love? That is what Travelher is about.”
“There was this wooden temple where everyone goes to let go of their hurt. By the end of the week, the walls are jam-packed with love notes to lost ones and forgiveness notes to themselves. I was moved to tears by the end of it.”
“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.”
“We all wake much later than expected following our evening at Craggy Range. I blame the exhausting bike-ride. The others blame the three bottles of wine we had at dinner.”
"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.”
“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!