We don’t like the cold much here in Australia. With winter now upon us, most would rather snuggle up under a blanket than go out and explore. But there is plenty to do in Sydney during the winter.
With only a few days to explore all of Sydney, I was in search of a unique experience that would allow me to see the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and countless beautiful beaches. As usual, I turned to the trusty hashtag on Instagram to find ideas from fellow travelers and Aussie locals. After posting #SydneyScenicTour #HELP, someone suggested the idea of a helicopter tour over the city.
It was my second full day in India. Eyes-wide, everything was new and strange to me. I was so overcome with emotion that I returned home and wrote the below letter to a friend of mine.
This letter is an honest, candid representation of my true feelings during those first few days. I decided to publish this on the blog because I think it can help other travelers prepare for the culture shock that you might experience. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – here we go!
So you’re thinking about spending some time in India, but you have so many questions. For women, safety may be a concern. Where will you stay? How will you get around? What can you expect a typical day to look like?
I had all of these questions and more, so I decided to join a volunteer program with a company called Leave UR Mark. Leave UR Mark (LUM) connects volunteers with local community organizations and non-profits. In addition, LUM provides their volunteers with beautiful accommodations, delicious home-cooked meals, and in-country support.
There is no denying the safety issues that women face when traveling in India. The recent media coverage of the brutality, rape, and violence against women has left many female travelers changing their plans and scratching India off the list.
After just returning from a solo trip to India, I will say this: if you can arrange your plans to travel with someone else, by all means do it. But if you do find yourself on your own, it is still 100% possible to enjoy the beauty of India while staying safe as a solo female traveler.
Have you ever noticed how so many Koreans have flawless skin? I’ve been surrounded by this ever since I moved to Asia and I’ve been dying to know the secret. Seriously, they look as if they’ve been blessed by unicorns.
On my recent trip to South Korea, I couldn’t wait to stock up on the best beauty products. Korea is way ahead of the rest of the world in the cosmetics industry. They aren’t afraid to try new things – from snail guts to placenta – and the payoff shows.