Get weird in Austin! Austin, Texas’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Austin Weird”. A slogan coined by a local radio station legend, hippies and old-timers alike used this as a battle cry to fight commercialism and the rapid overdevelopment due to the soaring population from tech giants adopting Austin as a new home.
Heading to Austin I was excited for a city that embraced the unconventional and defended its local businesses and quirks.
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!
Adventurous backpackers, starving artists, and dreamers of
all sorts make the solo trek to New York City every year, and who could blame
them? With over 8 million people in one city and a million attractions there is
something in this city for every type of solo traveler, and are you ever really
‘alone’ in the first place.
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.