New Orleans a city of jazz, mouthwatering food, and the nicest people that make you do a double take. The beauty of New Orleans is it is a city where almost anything goes. I have been three times throughout my life and every time the Big Easy surprises me with different experiences that blow my mind.
I have gone as a teen, a booze crazed 21-year-old, and a more mature sober Sarah. This time around there was no booze as I traversed the city, by day and night. In fact, the past 6 months I have cut out alcohol out of my diet entirely, but that is an entirely different story. Seeing New Orleans through a fresh mindset and an open mind allowed me have a hell of a great time!
Back in 2004 it was simply a web site that connected like-minded Budget Travelers to Locals that wanted to share authentic cultural experiences for free. Since then it has grown to 14 million users, in 200,000 cities worldwide. If you want to travel alone, but never feel lonely Couchsurfing is the perfect tool to use to meet new friends from around the world and have a cultural experience, even from your own living room.
Solo female travel across the map is soaring. The Travel Industry Association showed that 32 million women traveled solo at least once in the past year, with 3 out of 10 women traveling 5 or more times. Between 2015- 2017 Hostelworld , the largest online hostel booking platform, showed a 42% growth in solo bookings regardless of gender.
When I began traveling solo abroad in 2014, it still was seen as a brave and risky endeavor, but times and attitudes have changed. The world now sees solo travel as an adventurous and culturally enriching experience that allows the traveler to feel free without the need to please a travel buddy or worry about someone else.