Hi, my name is Allison, and I’m so glad you’re here because that means you have an interest in exploring the world, taking a gap year, or traveling alone as a woman!

Whether you’re brand new to traveling or a seasoned vagabond, I hope you’ll find some value in my blog. If you’re like most of my readers, you have a keen interest in traveling and want to expand your horizons, but are still figuring out how.

A few years ago, I had never left my home country and was terrified of traveling alone. While I’m not proud of those things, this seemed to be the norm for most young women my age (at least in the US – fortunately this is slowly starting to change). I was always told traveling was too expensive. A lot of people even dismissed my travel goals as being unrealistic.

 Fortunately, I learned how to drown out the naysayers. In 2010, I earned a CBYX Scholarship to spend a year studying and interning in Nuremberg, Germany between high school and college. During this year, I traveled all over Europe. The more I saw the more I wanted to see!

When my gap year ended, I was still trying to stave off the travel bug. Three years later, a family member started working for an airline. This meant I could fly for free when space was available until I turned 24. The three years I could travel for free were incredibly freeing and felt like a dream come true, especially for a broke college student.  Flying for free meant I could visit my boyfriend in Seattle whenever I wanted, fly to North Carolina for lunch with my mom before flying back to DC that night, or fly to Argentina on a whim.

Since I was able to fly for virtually nothing, my friends usually couldn’t afford to come along. Solo travel didn’t really appeal to me at the time, but I ultimately decided I would rather travel alone than not at all. I’m so glad I made that choice, otherwise I would have never realized my love for solo travel or cross Japan, Argentina, Eastern Europe, and Central America off my bucket list! After graduation, I spent several months traveling solo throughout South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe while working remotely.

Two years later, I still love to travel and am lucky to have the flexibility to do so thanks to my remote job.  However, I am no longer a full-time nomad and spend most of my time exploring my new home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Besides traveling and blogging, my hobbies include hiking, reading, yoga, scuba diving, and the occasional Netflix binge.

Whether you’re looking for some travel inspiration, practical tips, gap year ideas, or crazy stories, I’ve got you covered! To help you find the best of the best, I’ve picked a few great posts as a starting point for exploring my blog:

Solo Female Travel

The Cons of Traveling Solo
Is Argentina Safe for Solo Female Travelers?
Handling Holidays Alone and Abroad

Gap Year Resources

Seven Affordable Gap Year Ideas
How to Plan for a Gap Year Hiking
How to Spend a Gap Year as an Au Pair
The Benefits of a Gap Year – Five Years Later

Travel Hacks & Tips

How to Find a Five-Star Hostel
How to Pack a Carry-On for Anything and Anywhere
How to Get Out of Cancellation Fees
Travel Beauty Hacks: Don’t Leave Home Without These Staples
Hostel Hacks: What to Pack

Destination Guides

6 Things to do on Isla de Ometepe
Why Now May be The Best Time to Visit Greece
Three Tips to Enjoy Zagreb

What to Know Before Visiting Little Corn Island
Four Reasons You Should Visit Slovenia

Personal Stories

My Not So Classy Experience in Business Class
Ethical Elephant Tourism
First Class Ticket to Barcelona
The Benefits of a Gap Year – Five Years Later

Top Posts

What I Wish I Knew Before Visiting Croatia
Seven Affordable Gap Year Ideas
5 Fun and Free Things to Do in Victoria, BC
My Galway Favorites

Get in Touch!

I love hearing from other bloggers, readers, and collaborators! Whether you are seeking advice for an upcoming trip, just want to say hi, or are interested in working with me, I would love to hear from you! You can reach me via contact form or shoot an email to allison@headelsewhere.com.

You can also find me on social media!

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    April 4, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Your blog is so wonderful, and you seem like a lovely person! Thanks for taking the time to respond to my email and share these great posts!

    xx Alyssa

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    November 13, 2017 at 12:17 am

    You also should travel to Turkey too. l am sure that you will love it like others tourist. Istanbul city is very popular city in world.There are so many people traveling to Istanbul every years.If you go to there someday you will love it.I will highly recommend these places,Istanbul city,Cappadocia,Ephesus,Bodrum,Marmaris,Oludeniz.Olomypos and more.Try to hot balloon air tour in Cappadocia.When you go to Istanbul so the most main attraction are santa Sofia,Blue Mosques,Grand Bazaar,Spice Market,Topkapi Place,Galata Tower,Gold Horn ( Pierri Loti Caffe),Dolma bahce sarayi.Kiz Kulesi and Turkish bath.

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