The Rise Of Female Solo Travelers

The Rise Of Female Solo Travelers

Q: You're an adventurous, solo traveler with a passion to explore the world and dive into different cultures along the way. How did you become interested in traveling solo?

A: While I spent a lot of time by myself while studying in Florence, Italy, I think my interest truly began with a night of unintentional solo travel!

My sister and Used to do a two week visit to Europe together, and due to costs, I flew out each day before her Female Solo Travel. Having that certain day to explore London by myself, and making so many friends at the hostel, I fell in love with the freedom and independence of solo travel. Couple of years later, Used to do my first totally solo trip, to Buenos Aires.

Q: You survived a shipwreck during an Indonesian tour to Komodo Island, an island full of the well-known and dangerous Komodo dragon. What thoughts crossed your brain during or following this disaster and how far did you've to swim to shore? We're assuming you won't be accepting anymore offers free of charge Indonesian boat tours as a guest blogger.

A: That night was a terrifying blur of fear. Following the ship hit the reef, they sped to the nearest shore - the north coast of Komodo Island. We were about sixty meters away whenever we had to abandon ship, and we swam to shore, which wasn't a beach, but some jagged rocks.

After about thirty minutes of climbing the rocks, we were rescued and taken to a nearby dive boat. Maybe it was the adrenaline, but when I landed on the dive boat, I was smiling, joking, trying to create everyone laugh! Since the accident, I've gone through so many emotions - anger, gratitude, incredulity - and I'm so thankful that nobody was killed or seriously injured.

We later discovered we had landed on a part of Komodo Island which was dragon-free. It would have been too rainy to allow them to turn out, anyway!

Q: During an adventure to Hanoi, Vietnam, you visited a snake restaurant where you drank snake blood and bile and ate snake meat for dinner. What did each taste like? Did you kill a snake yourself? By the way, you're brave!

A: I couldn't bring myself to kill the snake or grab its beating heart with my teeth (though a number of my friends did the latter).

The snake blood and bile was combined with rice wine - which tasted like whiskey - and virtually obscured the natural flavor of the blood and bile.

The meat itself wasn't that strange - we had snake seven other ways, including wrapped in seaweed and served in spring rolls! It absolutely was tough to get accustomed to the crispy snake bones, though.

Q: Speaking of food, what is one of your chosen meals while traveling?

A: In Cambodia, I couldn't stop eating loc lac! It's cubed beef stir-fried with tomatoes and onions over rice. But why is it truly amazing is the lemon, salt and pepper sauce you drizzle on top. Fantastic dish!

Q: Okay so we've to ask about your night in South Padre, TX with rapper, Vanilla Ice, who is most fabled for his song "Ice Ice baby." Reveal slightly about this wild, spring break experience.

A: Oh, wow. Long story short, I was visiting a pal in South Texas and we decided to go to South Padre Island and have a one-night spring break. The moment we discovered Vanilla Ice was performing, we had to go!

Vanilla was pulling random girls onto the stage, so I didn't wait - I recently hopped within the barricade and climbed on stage myself. I spent the entire night dancing with him and getting pictures of us together!

Q: While we're on the main topics celebrities: You hit on Jon Stewart before The Daily Show in New York. How hilarious (Again, you're brave)! What did you say to him and how did he react?

A: Okay, just allow it to be known that I was 18 at the time and thought I was the absolute most hilarious person on the planet. Prior to the show, I asked Jon, "How on Earth did you receive so sexy?"

His short answer? "I'm on TV. You add anything on TV, it ups the sexy quotient."

Then the show taping began. His first words: "Welcome to the Daily Show! I'm Jon Stewart. I am sexy! And I was just told that by an aged woman sitting up there...I don't know if it was the cataracts or the glaucoma!"

I nearly died.

Q: Where is one of your not yet visited dream destinations and why?

A: You can find so many places on the list, but lately I've been thinking a great deal about New Zealand. It really appears like such a beautiful place with so many cool activities, laid-back people, and a great, outdoorsy atmosphere.

Q: What is something you've learned (about other cultures, yourself, other places) while traveling solo around the world?

A: Happiness doesn't result from possessions. Happiness originates from living the life span of your dreams. For me personally, meaning world travel, independence, time richness, and friendship.

Kate's list of adventures doesn't end here. To steadfastly keep up with her recent travel stories, visit Adventurous Kate's Solo Female Travel Blog. To visit her web page, click here.

We hope you enjoyed reading about Kate's life as a solo female traveler and blogger as much as we did.

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