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Trip Start Sep 15, 2010
29Trip End Jul 23, 2011
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What was your favorite country?
India or Guatemala. However, my favorite three experiences were finding Lithuanian family members, camping in the Egyptian desert and 4x4ing through the Bolivian salt flats.
Where was your least favorite place?
It sounds strange because so many people have an incredibly spiritual experience in Jerusalem, however for me, this was my most difficult place
How much does a trip like this cost?!
Ah, the million dollar question. Or should I say $20,000? Initially I saved $10,000 over the course of five years. Then I was blessed with another job offer while temporarily living with my parents. This allowed me to bank another $10,000 within six months. Vaccinations cost $1,000, visas totaled $800, and airline tickets came to $6,500. Once on the road, I tried to stick to a budget of $30 a day.
What did you bring?
My pack was a little larger than the size of a brown paper bag, so just the essentials. Five tops, two skirts, one fleece, and a pair of jeans … basically enough clothes to last a week and then it was time to do laundry! I missed having a portable music device the most.
Did you ever feel lonely?
Sometimes. Traveling alone can be challenging, but without the safety blanket of a companion you have the opportunity to meet so many more people.
How about scared?
I never really felt scared, just uncomfortable
Weren't you tired?!
Absolutely. This is one area that I had to continuously remind myself that it was OK to turn inward and slow down.
How have you changed?
This may sound crass, but I care a lot less about what other people think. I've always struggled with being sensitive and tried to develop thicker skin. My skin is no different now, it's just that what lies beneath is a lot stronger.
What did you learn about the world?
We are far more similar than different. This is inclusive of our problems
There are so many additional points I would love to share, however I will just have to save these for a personal conversation. In particular, I am happy to talk with other women who are considering traveling abroad alone. I know I could not have gotten this far without the advice and generosity of so many friends, family members and colleagues. It is my hope that by peeling back the layers and sharing the details of how I lived my dream, that you will also pursue yours.