Let me be the first to tell you: Five years ago, becoming a world traveler was not in my crystal ball of how my future was supposed to be. I was married, living in Virginia, pursuing my bachelors degree in psychology, and my five-year plan consisted of my husband, children, a puppy, work and THAT’S IT. But life had it’s own plan for me…

At 21, I got married to my former husband who was 20 at the time. WOAH! I know, but this was military culture. It was “normal” to marry young. We barely knew ourselves, and now that I am older, I could argue that we barely knew each other. All we knew is that we loved each other and we didn’t want to be apart.

As young adults, we had differences. MANY differences. Honestly, we didn’t know how to handle or approach this. Again, we were young. So, we coped the best way that…

Being apart of TEFL campus Chiang Mai location, I was provided with accommodations with them by purchasing the “premium package”. Finding accommodations in Chiang Mai can be difficult especially if you have never been before. While staying in the trendy area of Nimman, finding reasonably priced accommodations are hard to come by. Here is the breakdown of where I will be spending my first month abroad.

Location:

Baan Thai is located in the heart of Nimman. Just outside of the complex are local cafes, restaurants, street food, bars & shops. Steps away are a local McDonald’s and two 7-elevens, a grocery store and even a pharmacy for your everyday needs.

Using TEFL campus provided accommodations the prices and amenities and this is what the breakdown was like:

Check In:

Arrive before 4PM. – Office hours are from 9AM-5PM.

Accommodation:

Advanced rental comes as a 32 square foot room with in suite bathroom. You will be assigned a room…

YIKES. That’s definitely a headline right there. But, yup that’s right. I am one of those “I quit my job to travel the world” people now. Sounds cliche but literally this is the MOST liberating things I have ever done.

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When people read that most think that we just walked into work and say “I Quit”, buy our one way ticket and then leave. Lol. As cool as that may sounds that is not how it happened foe me. On February 1st I put my two weeks in to my job working for the federal government. Prior to that I had done extensive research and actually created a plan before making my big move.

The why. Honestly, I felt like there was too much more to life. I hate routines and I despised 9-5’s even more. When I got out of the Navy, I t thought that the best thing for me to…

If you’re a black and you’re a girl you know the importance of your hair and the upkeep of it. In general, most common activities are not black hair friendly (i.e. swimming, working out, showering) … so we must protect it at all costs. Having type 4 hair is already a challenge within itself so finding the best hairstyles to protect it and still look flawless while abroad is… A SITUATION. Luckily I narrowed down my 5 favorite go to styles while I am abroad.

1. Box Braids 

There are soo many different types of braids like cornrows, Havana twists, micro braids, kinky twists, passion twists… the list goes on and on. I love box braids because of the versatility of them. You can wear them in basically the same styles as if your hair was straightened and they are water friendly. Typically I get mine medium – medium/large.

2. CURLY wig

Now, I wrote curly in caps because…

Alright, so… outside the question of why do I travel solo, I always get the “who takes your pictures for you” question. I do not hire a photographer nor do I ask strangers to take my picture (because they cannot capture the moment like I need it captured.) So, I just take them all myself, if possible. HOW? – Typically the follow up question asked. Lol In order to take successful pictures of yourself you will need some form of vision, a dope background and the right equipment. So far, all of my pictures have been taken on my iPhone XR – even though I do have a DSLR camera. I use my iPhone because the tripod w| remote I use requires Bluetooth and my DSLR does not have that capability but I still get the job done with my good ol trusty iPhone. So here’s how I do it…

The Vision.

You have to have a vision of what…

Here I am thinking it is completely normal because of all the social groups that I am in where there are tens of thousands of solo travelers – while I get a blank stare from my coworkers when I tell them it be just me. As I talk to my not so seasoned travel friends/associates, I’ve always gotten the same expression whenever I tell them that I travel solo. Many people reach out to me and tell me that they want to travel solo but they’re afraid for whichever reason or don’t know what to do or how to stay entertained. So…I decided to create this and let you know 🙂

SOLO IS THE WAY TO GO. 

It’s Your Time. Your Schedule.

This is probably the most important reason why. You get to do what you want to do when you want to do it. If I want to nap (because I adore them) I could without…