Honduras was my first experience traveling abroad during college. The country and its diverse cultures and backgrounds opened my eyes to a world much larger than I had known. This journey provided me with invaluable insight into the vastness of our world, instilling a sense of wanderlust and a desire to continually seek new adventures.


My time in Kenya was a humbling experience. Teaching in a school with inadequate supplies, shared classrooms, and a shortage of teachers made me deeply appreciate my own education and upbringing. Witnessing the children’s joy over the simplest things, which I often take for granted, taught me to value the small moments in life. The children I taught left an indelible impression on me, inspiring me to pay it forward in the future.


Known for its bison, geysers, and stunning landscapes, this place became a memorable family vacation and a cherished graduation gift for me. The natural beauty and time spent with my family reminded me of our camping trips to New England when I was younger, rekindling my fascination with the outdoors and the beauty of nature.


Iceland will always hold a special place in my heart for its stunning nature and picturesque landscapes, as it was the first country I traveled to alone. Iceland is an excellent destination for solo travelers, boasting a thriving tourism industry, a vibrant backpacking culture, and a plethora of activities tailored for solo adventurers. Traveling alone in Iceland spoiled me; it gave me the freedom to travel on my terms, choosing destinations and activities without worrying about others’ preferences.


The majority of my trip to Peru was dedicated to the Salkantay Trek, a challenging five-day hike culminating at Machu Picchu. This trek tested my physical and mental endurance, with daily 4:30 am starts and 8-10 hours of hiking. Despite the intensity, the journey was incredibly rewarding, offering sublime and majestic views that photos can barely capture. Hiking to these breathtaking vistas deepened my appreciation and respect for the scenery. Though tough and demanding, the experience was immensely fulfilling and well worth the effort.


Wandering the streets of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, I could trace the city’s rich history through its diverse architecture. The Old City district showcased buildings from centuries past, remnants of the Cold War era were evident in Soviet-style structures, and the recent oil boom brought about hyper-modern skyscrapers.

A highlight of my trip was visiting Nakhchivan, an autonomous republic of Azerbaijan. The places we explored felt surreal, with scarcely any other visitors. The locals we encountered were enthusiastic about a tourist visiting their region. Overall, my trip to Azerbaijan was a fantastic opportunity to explore a beautiful and less-visited area.


One reason I highly recommend solo travel is the boost in self-confidence it provides. Traveling alone to a Middle Eastern country, without knowing the local language, and relying on my own wits and resources, was an unforgettable experience. Despite the language barrier, friendly bus drivers and encounters with locals ensured I was never lonely. Each day, I met fascinating and enjoyable people, enhancing my appreciation of the spectacular scenery. By the end of the trip, I gained not only incredible memories but also the self-confidence to travel independently.


When I think of Singapore, I remember the vibrant lights, the enticing aroma of food, and the cleanliness of the streets. This city-state, with its towering skyscrapers along the bay and charming cultural neighborhoods, truly has something for everyone. Traveling on their efficient and affordable MRT, stopping at boutique tea and coffee shops, exploring numerous malls, and enjoying breathtaking views along the bay and hillside, I developed a deep appreciation for the city’s atmosphere and beauty. To me, Singapore will always be a remarkable oasis in Southeast Asia.


India is a country with a rich tapestry of history, culture, and vibrant people. Exploring even a small part of it exposed me to all three. I visited majestic forts and palaces from the Mughal Empire, observed the profound influence of Indian culture in daily life, and engaged in conversations that brought the stories of India to life. Despite the trip’s brevity, it left me yearning to return and fully immerse myself in the country’s splendor.


Visiting Cuba is like stepping into a time capsule, where the vibrant colors and intricate designs of its beautiful buildings tell stories of a bygone era. Over the decades, these architectural gems have experienced significant deterioration, a silent testament to the passage of time and economic challenges. Despite this, the country’s charm remains undeniable, with its streets echoing the lively rhythms of the past. Beyond the cities, Cuba’s countryside unfolds a breathtaking panorama of natural beauty, with lush landscapes and untouched nature providing a serene contrast to the urban decay, making the entire experience both nostalgic and enchanting.