"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."
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
“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.”
"If anything can save the world, I’d put my money on beauty." - Douglas Tompkins
"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."
"We act as if it is normal to say “I am busy” every time somebody asks us how we are."
"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."
"When I tell people I ran across Africa, they awkwardly change the conversation. It’s as if they think, she must have said the wrong word there, no one runs across Africa!"
"While visiting these spots, it occurred to me that taking a selfie with a giant monument or a minuscule masterpiece is, you know, really embarrassing. Not to mention logistically awkward. What trumped the embarrassing solo selfie for me, it turned out, were the numerous meals for one I had to embark on."
"I can’t remember exactly what we talked about, but what I do remember is the bright, cheery sound of her voice. It was probably mid-afternoon in New Zealand, perhaps my little brother had just woken up from his nap, and she chatted to me about normal life and made me feel as though I wasn’t alone. It was such a warm contrast from the deadly quiet, pitch black streets."
“I look back at my 18-year-old self in the departures lounge and realise that one day, history will repeat. They'll buy a ticket, pack their bags and go. I understand that in letting them go my heart will shatter, but their adventure will be worth it.”
"It was the perfect trip to get away from everything and everyone I knew, out of my comfort zone and into the open and unknown. I questioned everything I’d envisioned for myself in the past and tried to imagine what I wanted from life in the future. I didn’t find an answer… until I got to New Zealand."
“With each day and experience our confidence grew and we thought we were invincible. Look at us – we were killing this travelling thing, nothing could possibly go wrong! Or could it?”
"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."
“I spent so much time convincing friends and family it would be fine that I had almost convinced myself... right up until the moment I stepped off the plane in Delhi.”
"At that exact moment I knew it was time for me to return to the person that I, my friends and my family loved me for. And I needed a challenge, a big one."
"It’s a very soul-affirming feeling to travel and rely completely on oneself. For the first time in a long time I was responsible for me and had only me to answer to."
"Every attempt to stay failed and I finally had to accept that I needed a new plan and a new destination and that's when I booked my flight to Australia."
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!