Brown Girl’s Guide to Bears

Important disclaimer: I am not a wilderness expert, and these tips, while founded on research, should be combined with local guidance. You are ultimately responsible for your decisions and safety. When I prepared for my last backpacking trip, I read blog posts and watched YouTube videos about a handful of different topics: setting up a…… Continue reading Brown Girl’s Guide to Bears

The Summer City: My First Solo Trip to Prague

Like a lot of people lately, I’m spending my cooped-up quarantine days flipping through old trip photos. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon an album of pictures from my first solo trip abroad (or anywhere!) in July 2014, and reflected on that trip for the first time in a while. I remembered stepping off…… Continue reading The Summer City: My First Solo Trip to Prague

How To Convince Your Mom (and Yourself!) That You Won’t Die on a Solo Trip

When I’m planning a trip, my mom is the first person I call. I try to casually hint at the idea of traveling solo (again!), but she always cuts in to inevitably ask, “Is it safe?” I will reply, “Of course!” And I’ll laugh and say something along the lines of: “I know how to…… Continue reading How To Convince Your Mom (and Yourself!) That You Won’t Die on a Solo Trip