Hi. I am Ashley and this is my story.

April 14, 2020

Hi. I am Ashley and this is my story.

Picture: Hong Kong Airport on a solo trip to Taiwan

Age: 38 

Hometown: United States 

I traveled a lot during my twenties and started solo traveling overseas for business. But I was married and somehow I felt that anchored me in that I always had someone to reach out to if I needed them. And then I hit my thirties and I no longer had that anchor. I was completely on my own. And that's when I truly became a solo female traveler. But being single after so long had me nervous to do some of the simple things like going out to eat alone. So I started small. I started with day trips to locations close to my house. Then I moved onto weekend trips in my state and each trip give me more courage. Empowered me. I was traveling abroad again for business and this time I was all I had. And I was enough. I found out just how capable I am. How brave I am. And how alive I felt.  

Soon I was in a place where I was ready to take the biggest risk of my life, and move abroad solo. Through that one risk I have been rewarded in more ways that I could have ever imagined. 

Travel Advice: "When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make it's own people comfortable."    Clifton Fadiman

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