After becoming a mother 2 weeks ago, I've wondered if it's still possible to continue traveling. So I started to look at blogs of traveling families for inspiration. It's amazing how they have been able to continue living a nomadic lifestyle despite the demands of raising young children.

Emily of Our Open Road has been traveling with her husband Adam, their toddler Colette, and their new baby Sierra. What started as a dream and developed into a 12-month plan- is now life on the road. This nomadic family departed California in October 2012 in their VW Westfalia, with the goal of reaching Tierra del Fuego and returning a year later. They decided to embrace a future unknown and the rewards of slow travel. Close to a year and a half in they see no end in sight!

Here's my insightful interview with her:

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What inspired you to take that big leap into a nomadic life?

Adam & I have traveled together for over a decade, always dreaming and planning our next adventure. When I was pregnant with Colette, Adam was working on a project that would have put us in India and Nepal for 6+ months. When that fell through, we knew the time had come for us to plan our own grand voyage. It was born naturally of a dream we developed together and wanted to share with Colette.

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How did you guys prepare for the big trip?

It took over a year of saving and fundraising, planning and preparing before we departed. We are nomads at heart, and spent much time pre-departure exploring the wonders of California.

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How do manage to keep traveling? Is there any special work that allows you to fund your trips?

A most poignant moment on the road was as we entered Ecuador from Colombia, we ditched our plans to travel to Tierra del Fuego and back in a years time. That was the decision that changed it all! We did not have the finances to stay on the road longer, but felt confident that with our hearts open and heads together, we could figure out some way to support our life on the road. We discussed juggling at street lights (a talent which neither of us possess), turning the van into a mobile kitchen and selling food after bars close (not very conducive to having a young child), having Adam work with a scuba outfitter as an underwater cinematographer (fun if you want to live somewhere, but quite un-nomadic), so when we mulled over the idea for 24 Hour Bazaar- we instantly knew we had found our winner!

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24 Hour Bazaar is a flash sale of curated, fair trade, artisan goods that we host when in craft rich regions. Items include rugs, textiles, blankets, clothing, hats, jewelry, masks and vary according to our location. The one-of-a-kind items are available for a limited time and ship worldwide directly to our customers’ door.

We are so pleased that 24 Hour Bazaar has created a circle, which connects the artisans, an international audience and us. All the craftspeople we work with are stoked to share their goods with a wider audience and make a fair wage doing so; to support tradition and process in the arts is infinitely rewarding to us as artists. This flow of finance, art and inspiration is a pairing that we could only have dreamed of before our departure, and are thrilled to now call our work reality.

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What does a typical day look like for you and your family?

The wonderful thing about life on the road is that there is no “average day.” Our twists and turns are determined by many factors- both in the grand scheme and on the daily. Weather and finances help determine what activities we do. Guidebooks, our own Internet research, recommendations from fellow travelers, and the most valuable: local knowledge are all sources of information. Tuning into the energy of a place, we decide where to camp and how long to stay. We have a standing rule that if one of us does not like a campsite, we move- no questions asked. On the road, you are stripped of so many outside filters and your intuition is your best, most vital gift.

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What was the biggest challenge that you've faced as a traveling mother? And as a traveling family?

We see traveling as a family as a great benefit, not a challenge. Officials and locals alike warm to us as foreigners in a way that is vastly different than our experiences traveling without a child. The stern officer’s tough face suddenly softens as he sees Colette sleeping peacefully in the back of the van; a rural family that we may view us as rich gringos, suddenly views us as parents and our common ground brings us into the folds of their community in a very simple way as our kids play together.

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A most recent challenge was deciding where Sierra would be born. We chose “the magic island” of Florianopolis in the south of Brazil. Cesarians are super common in Brazil and many other South American countries, but Floripa is a center of natural birth. Southern hemisphere winter is also the best season for surf, so my hubby was stoked. June is off season in this beach filled paradise, so we were able to rent a little house for a fraction of what it costs in high season. It all aligned and we have enjoyed our time here immensely- a little house on the beach to nest in and welcome our babe into the world naturally. Hooray!

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What was it like being pregnant and giving birth in a foreign country?

The first trimester was rough. We were at 12,500-foot elevation for a good two months — a height that’s difficult enough without the added hormonal roller coaster of growing a child! Adam was able to spend a lot of time with Colette, so I was thankfully able to get some very necessary rest. The moment I hit 15 weeks — when the placenta attaches — we also arrived at lower elevations, and it was like I got switched back on to my normal self. The second and third trimesters I had lots of energy and was able to enjoy our travels.

I had regular medical attention throughout the pregnancy — I just brought the paperwork from the previous appointment with us and explained to the doctor our nomadic life. It was always met with a raised eyebrow and a smile. As a cash patient, it is shocking that the full payment in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil is far less than a co-pay for a visit is backing the States.

For delivery, we went to the public (and free) University Hospital which provided excellent care. My Portuguese is very limited, so I looked into having an English speaking doula assist, but UH only allows one birth attendant. I couldn’t imagine not having Adam by my side! The hospital was very accommodating and was always able to find someone who spoke English to translate for us.

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What kind of advice would you like to share with families who are thinking of doing the same thing?

Do it! If you can work it out, the rewards of spending time with your littles on the road is incomparable. Children are highly adaptable, and what you show them — offering the world as a playground — is a wonderful gift to share.

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What is the best thing about sharing this unique lifestyle with your children?

The TIME that we have together as a family is the greatest gift.

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What kind of life lessons would you want your children to have and look back to when they are older?

We hope to instill an appreciation of the world’s rich natural beauty and the cultural, artistic, religious, socioeconomic, stylistic, and racial diversity. An attitude of gratitude and an eagerness to learn are traits we hope will remain with our daughters.

Emily is a fashion designer and camp chef, currently working on a cookbook. Follow the Harteau family at www.ouropenroad.com and instagram.com/ouropenroad

*All images are used with permission from Our Open Road.

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Skyline of Segovia, Spain

Ah, Spain! The birthplace of Cervantes and flamenco, where Hemingway whiled away many a summer in bullfighting arenas and Picasso showed his first flashes of artistic promise. With its Mediterranean climate, gorgeous beaches, scrumptious cuisine and Moorish-Christian architecture, a sojourn through Spain is easily the most fun you'll have in all of Europe. Below is a guide to this quirky little land that will help you make the most of your Spain holidays.

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Photo Credit: Laurence Vagner

1 Dance flamenco in Seville

Seville is the cultural heart of the Spain that you know of — bullfighting, flamenco dancing, and Moorish architecture. There’s nothing like the heart rending rendition of a Cante flamenco set to the beat of tapping heels.

2 Take a tour through Burgos cathedral

Mind-numbingly pretty. That's the first thought you'll have in your head when you take a detour to Burgos to tour its famous Gothic cathedral.

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Photo Credit: Kevin Phua

3 Dine on tapas in San Sebastian 

This little city in the Basque region of the country boasts the finest that Spanish cuisine has to offer, from Iberian ham to chorizo to chickpea stews and tapas.

4 Visit the riverside city of Toledo

Toledo was once the capital of Spain. Today, it has changed little since medieval times and remains delightfully full of old-world Spanish charm.

5 Check out the Grand Mosque of Cordoba 

Pictures don't do justice to this architectural achievement. The Grand Mosque of Cordoba is like an architect's fantasy come true, with massive prayer halls covered in geometrically perfect columns.

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6 Marvel at the Fortress of Alhambra, Granada 

The poets of old called it a "pearl set in emeralds" due to the white of its walls and the green of the forests beyond. Venture out to Granada and you'll see why this was no exaggeration: this 11th century fort complex will take your breath away with its delicate architecture and tasteful decorative elements.

7 Learn the secrets of the University of Salamanca 

King Alfonso IX set up the Universidad de Salamanca in 1218, making it the third oldest university in all of Europe. It’s architecturally stunning and retains a sterling reputation for its humanities departments.
Museum – Museo del Prado, Madrid (Spain), HDR
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8 Experience the best of Spanish Art at Museo del Prado, Madrid 

Spain's best museum houses the world's most impressive collection of Spanish art, from Titian and El Greco to Goya and Velazquez.

Spain is a delightful mix of history, culture, cuisine and cosmopolitan urban life. These eight things are just a small selection of the world of adventure that awaits you when you visit this intriguing country.

Tracey has lived and worked in Valencia for nearly three years, since she fell in love with the climate and constant supply of tapas, and now ekes out a living contributing to various travel magazines and arts publications on the web. She originally hails from Derby in the UK.

Main photo credit: Frank Kovalchek

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My face is covered in sweat and my quick dry shirt feels like it's permanently glued to my back. It's a hot and humid day and I'm wearing cargo pants, hiking boots and over 10 kgs on my back. I walked in circles outside our house, getting accustomed to carrying all that travel gear. Oh the many ways I had prepared for that journey!

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Fast forward to 4 months later when I'm actually traveling in India

I was on a sleeper train after 3 days of traveling nonstop from Jodhpur to Goa- over 1559 kilometers! We didn't stay at any hotel along the way. The only chance I had to wash myself was in a dirty, flooded bathroom at a train station. My entire body was hurting from carrying my backpack and sleeping on cement floors. I did what any person would do in that situation: I broke down.

No amount of preparation could get you ready for the worst case scenarios of travel.

Months before our 6 month trip in India and across Southeast Asia back in 2011, I had researched like a maniac, scouring travel forums, blogs and guidebooks for advice. And I got exactly that- tons of advice.

But the one thing I needed couldn't be found in the Thorn Tree Travel Forum. Nor was it in the budget excel sheets and alphabetically organized how to's that travel bloggers had painstakingly put together. It wasn't even in the discreet money belt, assortment of malaria pills, or first aid ointments that I stuffed into my brand new North Face backpack.

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The one thing that would prepare me the most for my first long term trip was a moment of honesty.

I wish that before I traveled, someone held me by the shoulders, looked me in the eye and tenderly said… "What the hell were you thinking?"

And then calmly continue.. 

Dear girl, there will be days when you are terrified. There will be days when you will have no idea where you will sleep that night, who among those drunk couchsurfers you can trust or how you'll be able to pay for another flight after you've just missed the last one. You will ask yourself again and again who gave you the insane idea to travel in the first place. You will visualize that person's face and you will want to smack them with the Southeast Asia on a Shoestring guidebook.

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But it’s going to be okay.

Some days you will be filled with doubt. You will doubt yourself and your decisions. Especially that last one where you stuffed a few pizza slices down your throat after it was offered to you. Only to realize half an hour later that they were the "happy" kind.

You will worry that you are doing it all wrong to begin with. 

You will obsess on whether your backpack should have a lock or whether you should buy some travel insurance. (Locks are not necessary since it's easy enough for someone to pick up your pack and take off anyway. Yes on the insurance if you're going to be away for over 3 weeks.)

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You will worry about which currency to carry and if they will have money changers in your destination. (US Dollars are good and most cities have money changers. Exchange a few bills at the airport where the rates are usually low. Use this for cab fare and a meal. Then go find a money changer that offers a better rate elsewhere.) You will check and recheck and triple check to make sure that all your cash is still in that hidden pocket in your bra. (They are. But next time, don't put all your eggs in one basket.)

It may take time to get used to this backpacking thing but you won’t always feel so overwhelmed. 

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One day, you will be looking over your shoulder, but you won’t let fear dictate your trip. You will realize that most people are not out to harm you. You will learn to haggle in the local dialect and get a free bracelet for your efforts... I can do this! You will sleep soundly on the bus and wake up just in time to grab your belongings, order a bowl of noodle soup and wait for the ferry to the next island... I'm doing it!

So yeah, there will be days of worry and doubt, but it’s going to be okay…

You're the best person for this journey. Not because you picked the perfect hiking boots or the best BPA free canteen. (Someone will eventually steal those or you will leave them behind at an airport somewhere, anyway.) Not because you had meticulously planned your itinerary down to the last flight number.(You will most probably miss a flight or forego the return flight home.) Not even because you sold all your worldly possessions just to bankroll this trip. (Including grandma's family heirloom that you were supposed to pass on to your children.)

You're the best person for this journey because you stayed true to who you are and what you love. 

Because you listened to what only you know inside. It doesn't matter if you feel like a frightened beginner. You didn't choose this dream. It chose you. And you said YES. You said yes to your only reality and unimaginable adventure. You said yes to the ride. You belong in the life of your dreams. 

No one belongs here more than you.

Do what you love

Lois is the Editor-in-Chief of the female travel blog wearesolesisters.com. She's currently in Manila waiting for the birth of her first child. She hopes to have a healthy baby and resume surfing and traveling very soon. 


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I've been meaning to tell you a lot of things. Like how my life has drastically changed in the last few months. How I haven't been able to travel and surf since March. Or how my days are spent in the city longing for the sea.

As a blogger, I often have to decide whether I share something online or I keep it to myself. And what I'm about to tell you is something deeply personal. It's not travel-related but it's going to be one of the most intense and exciting adventures I'll ever embark on.

It's called motherhood.

Let's begin where most journeys start, at the airport.

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Malaysia

My partner Ben and I decided to travel long term together in Southeast Asia without a plan or end destination. We left Manila in November after downsizing most of my possessions to a 7 kg backpack. Little did I know that it would be the last trip for me to travel as a minimalist.

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Our first stop was to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Asian Women's Conference which was a truly empowering experience. I met so many awesome people and after the conference, a few of us had an interesting discussion: whether we wanted kids or not.

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We were about 5 women and all of us were over 30. When it was my turn to voice out my opinion, I told them: "I'd have no regrets in life- kids or no kids. I've long made a decision to live my life to the fullest and I can do that by myself, with a guy or with a family."


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Thailand

After about a month in Malaysia, we decided to travel overland to Thailand. We made a quick stop in Bangkok where we were welcomed by Ben's friend Mike and his fiancĂ©e, Sterenza. They showed us the opulent side of the city and we were spoiled by their generosity. On our last evening with them, we enjoyed an indulgent dinner of steak, wine and Roquefort cheese- which is still my last meal with alcohol.

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We decided to rent an apartment in the northern city of Chiang Mai. It's easy to get stuck here because it's a wonderful place to be good to yourself. To breathe, eat healthy, do yoga, get pampered or feel the cool wind on your face while riding a motorbike.

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We would rent a big bike to get to the border of Thailand and Myanmar to do our visa runs. It is 5 hours each way but the roads are smooth and the changing scenery of rolling hills, temples and markets made it worth the trip. On one such occasion, I ended up with such a bad case of burping. I had so much gas in my belly that I almost cried in pain. At the time, it felt strange but I blamed it on my making faces in the mirror while we were going more than 100 kph on the bike. I must have swallowed a lot of air. Or so I thought.

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Thai food can be very addicting. We lived close to a food market where the entire street was lined with food stalls starting at around 5 PM until the wee hours of the morning. So I often woke Ben up after midnight just to get a hot bowl of noodle soup, pad thai or  butter toast. This went on for weeks until I noticed I was gaining weight. Then one day I was surprised to feel a small bump on my belly even when I lay in bed.

We finally decided to go to the nearest pharmacy to get a pregnancy test. I rushed home only to find out that all the instructions were in Thai! We went back to the pharmacy and the guy at the counter had to explain in broken English that if I were to see 2 lines, it meant that I was pregnant.

So I took the test. It was the longest 10 seconds of my life. The first blue line appeared. I held my breath. And then there it was, faint but visible. The second blue line that decided our fate. I went out of the bathroom to tell Ben. But the look on my face said it all. He just gave me a bright smile and said "I knew it all along."

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We went to the hospital the next day. A very polite Thai doctor gave me a check up and an ultrasound to confirm what we already knew- we were going to be parents. He gave me a few reassuring words in broken English and I struggled to take it all in. It felt so unreal. And to Ben he said with a chuckle: "Beware, mood swings!".

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Being pregnant didn't stop us from having a few more adventures. We hopped on a motorbike to go to the scenic town of Pai about 3 hours away. We even ventured out to the Mae Hong Son loop, a road that boasts of a thousand hair pin bends. Ben is a very experienced driver and he didn't take too many risks.

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The most challenging trip we faced was going on an overnight minivan for a 10 hour ride from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos to get a long stay visa. I had felt confident about the trip thinking that I was only 3 months along. I wasn't counting on riding at the mercy of a driving terrorist.

After over 3 hours on the road, I politely asked the driver if we were going to stop for a pee break anytime soon. He ignored me the first couple of times I asked. I wondered if he couldn't hear me or simply couldn't understand. On my third try, he yelled at me "We follow time stop!". Which meant he had to stick to the schedule. I wondered if I had to wait until Laos to empty my bladder. I was very close to tears when I told him "But, I'm pregnant!" He grunted a reply and I had to endure another hour before we finally stopped at a gas station. 

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Indonesia

In March, we felt the need to be close to the sea so we flew to Bali. It would be one of the last times we could sneak in a surf trip before the baby arrived. For the first few days, I was content to sit on the shore, watching people surf those perfect overhead sets. But on a particularly small day in Padang Padang Beach, I just had to try to surf even for the last time while pregnant. 

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Ben watched from a close distance as I paddled on a long board to catch a wave. I was careful not to put too much pressure on my belly. I felt awkward and clumsy, like a beginner. I hadn't surfed in months and my balance was off. I struggled to paddle out for a few waves and stand up, but I could only manage to crouch before falling off. After a few more failed attempts, I decided to paddle back.

No more surfing for me for a while.

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Ben did get to surf on a daily basis. After one session, he took me under a cave, into a cove in Uluwatu. We swam a bit and watched this beautiful red ball of a sunset. Before it sank completely, he smiled this boyish smile of his, took my hand and showed me a beautiful dolphin ring. He asked me to be his wife.

And just like that, I said yes.

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Now we're back in the Philippines playing the waiting game. I'm grateful for family and friends who have been supportive. My younger sister just so happens to be pregnant too and I ask her for a lot of advice.

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These last few months have been the most challenging. There are times when I feel frustrated about not being able to travel and surf for months now. I try to get used to this body that I often don't recognize.

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Some days I don't even feel like myself. We're very active individuals who couldn't stay in the city, or any place for that matter, for too long. We're like fish out of water in Manila. But we have to think about what's best for our child.

I've done a lot of crazy, scary things in my life. But this trumps it all.

One night I lay in bed, sleepless, wondering about motherhood, life changes and this squirmy creature in my belly. I felt Ben turn to face me, grab my hand and whisper in my ear,

"Let's make mistakes together, shall we?"

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So a new journey begins...

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Special thanks to Tiara Mejos Photography for my maternity shoot photos. And to Patrick Oronico for my hair and make up. 

Lois is the Editor-in-Chief of the female travel blog wearesolesisters.com. She's currently in Manila waiting for the birth of her first child. She hopes to have a healthy baby and resume surfing and traveling very soon. 


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A blog is a great way to share travel stories, tips and advice. But where does a traveler store her most intimate thoughts and musings? A place where she can be herself with no pretense or judgment? I'm sure most of us still like to keep a travel diary or journal to write down observations, reminders or seemingly incoherent ideas.

When I started traveling, my journals became my most prized possessions. I enjoyed going through the pages, reading my former self's thoughts, and wondering about the places I've been and where I'm headed next. One of my favorite entries was written on my birthday last year.

I was asked to join GMA 7's Poptalk as a guest on their Batanes episode. I had a wonderful time with the crew, exploring what I would remember as the most beautiful place I've visited in the Philippines. But I didn't expect that the trip would last longer than just the 1 week I initially planned.

My backpack, which contained almost all my clothes, laptop and essentials ended up "stranded" in Itbayat, one of the lesser visited islands in the region. And to make it worse, trips going to and from the island were cancelled for more than a week because of bad weather. I ended up spending my birthday in Batanes, which a friend's family. All in all, it wasn't such a bad place to get "stuck" in. I wrote my thoughts down on my journal:

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"On Turning 31

I discover that I'm not out to accomplish anything or prove anything to anyone. Not even to collect experiences or souvenirs.

I know everything is fleeting, transitory. My life is constantly shifting, moving and I dance along with these changes.

I stare at the waves and know that I am drawn to their energy, power and grace. Because I am simply a wave in a big ocean. Coasting along, transitioning, moving forward- always. From shore to shore. I have no home but I belong to the vast sea.

I move forward to lose everything- things, sanity, myself even. I lose everything to find myself. Because self is often hidden in the clutter and the noise. You never really see yourself for who you are until you have lost everything.

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Light is how I feel. As light as a baby born with nothing. Happy only to be alive. Alive - that's how I feel today- at 31."

Valugan, Batanes March 2013
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I asked my Sole Sisters to share a page from their travel diaries. Here's a peek:

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“People in constant movement recognize the value of stillness,” said Pico Iyer during his talk at the Singapore Writer’s Festival some time ago. Finally, after the craziest, most challenging and overwhelming month at work, I’m happy that I can finally put my life on pause this weekend.

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So I’m okay with staying in on my first night in Seoul, Korea where I’m writing this entry from my hotel room. Sometimes adventure can wait until tomorrow. Tonight is for stillness."

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June 28, 2013, in Seoul, Korea
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For over two weeks I traveled with photographer Ben McRae into the heart of Kaokoland, Namibia in search of the nomadic Himba tribe. We awoke each morning, chasing the light as the sun rose over the giant desert dunes. This journal entry was written in Deadvlei, a valley where skeleton trees have been standing for over 1200 years. My time spent in the desert and with the tribe is an experience that I will hold dear for the rest of my life.

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"Rule Number One when traveling in Africa - Drink lots of water. Rule Number Two - Bring a hat! Say goodbye to the dead trees of Deadvlei, whispering history over 1200 years in these desert dunes. We spent three days exploring the red sand peaks of Sossussvlei, camping just outside the National Park. Waking up at 3:30AM to be the first ones in for photographs. Chasing sunsets and the perfect light glowing across the face of the dunes. The first day we walked into Deadvlei I nearly passed out from the heat! Now we drive North, past lichen fields and meerkat homes, old shipwrecks beaten by the harsh waves of the Skeleton Coast."

Saturday, 24th of May 2014, Namibia
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I’ve been living in an island near Bali, Indonesia for over a year now. Moving here was nothing short of life changing. My existence here is so different from the structured and restrictive “normal” routine that I have been accustomed to. I feel as if I have been given a second childhood to just be myself and play all day.

I practice yoga in the morning and I’m free to chill, surf, explore, hangout with some locals and take travelers around the whole day. The panoramic views around the island never fail to take my breath away. If you drive around, you’ll see travelers standing on top of the hills or on the side of the road, just frozen in awe of the beauty all around us. It’s pretty amazing.

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There are dozens of secluded and secret beaches within less than an hour’s motorbike drive from our main town. There are so many hills and valleys that you can climb, and every one of them gives you a completely different perspective. 

The colors change depending on the season. During the wet season from November to February, the sky is overcast but the landscape is lush in a million shades of green. The buffalos, goats and chickens turn obese. As the dry season enters on March and stays all throughout October, the ocean sparkles in magnificent shades of blue and there’s not a cloud in the vast, open sky.

It has taken me a year to know the south coast of the island by heart. I have stared into these oceans and mountains long enough to know them like the back of my hand. Now everywhere I look, I see familiar roads and paths where I have happy memories on every single one.

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There’s something satisfying about hiking up a hill, you get a bigger picture of how nature is nourishing the whole town and how its people live and work. It’s pretty inspiring. And there’s definitely something liberating about finding a secret beach without a single footstep on the sand, no one around for miles and miles. 

I know I have the world to explore, but this island will always be home.

Sole Sister Adi


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"I feel the most alive when I am traveling. Living like a vagabond with nothing but my possessions in a huge backpack. Moving as my only constant. Anything is possible as I am given a brand new day in a place I have never been. I like having no set plans. I find comfort in just flowing with the universe. Not knowing what the day will bring.

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This journey has bought me to the most breathtaking places I have ever laid eyes on, amazing people I've met in serendipitous moments, and the most blissful experiences I've ever had in my life. The adventure continues as I learn to surf the waves of Zambales and La Union. Then live my dream of trekking through the Banaue Rice Terraces in the Ifugao Province. I am falling in love everyday, eager to see this world I know so little of. With this insatiable wanderlust and the curiosity to explore."


Would you like to share a page from your travel diary with us? Please send a photo and a paragraph to solesisters.weare @gmail.com. We will pick the top 5 entries and publish it on the next Travel Diaries blog. 

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