It’s time to meet one more inspiring female who’s spent time gallivanting around the world and back!
Brianna is a recently married Assistant Travel Consultant from Michigan in northern USA. At just 23 years old, she’s traveled throughout the world, beginning in 2007. Here, she shares some travel accomplishment obstacles, and dreams, along with some fun photos from trips with her husband.
Her first trip abroad was to Sydney Australia where she spent eleven months.
Before moving, Brianna says she was shy and had few friends. “Somehow, taking me away from everything that was comfortable at home, and forcing me to rebuild myself turned me into a more confident and positive person, she says, “My time in Australia completely changed my life and I’m reminded of it every day.”
With a goal to visit every continent (as she points out in her blog, “There are only seven of them!”) the top place on her bucket list is Antarctica. She recently was in the running to win an expedition there, and reflected on the splendor of this massive continent in a recent blog post.
MM: Have you travelled alone? If so, how did you find the experience? What were the highs or the lows? Anything you would recommend for others looking to travel alone for the first time?
BR: The lowest point of my solo travels was arriving in my guesthouse in Nepal, sitting on my bed and thinking “What have I gotten myself into? Why did I think I could do this?” I had planned to shut myself in my room and just go to sleep, but another solo female I had met in the lobby came and knocked on my door. We talked for hours and quickly became friends. Its amazing how easily people can click when they are alone in a foreign place.
In fact she says her favorite travel companion is “Me, myself, and I. There’s something about having to rely on yourself for everything that is incredibly empowering.”
“Just because you’re solo, it doesn’t mean you’re alone. The world is filled with amazing and kind people. You just have to make the effort to talk to them.”
MM: Any thoughts about relationships and travel? Relationships can mean with friends, family, romantic – anything!
BR: Something that sets me apart from many other travelers is that I am married. My husband likes to travel, but he’s not as hardcore about it as I am. It has been an interesting process learning how to balance my need to explore the world with my husband’s need for stability.
MM: What type of traveler are you? Budget? Luxury? Adventurous?
BR: I’m a newly married young adult with student debt out the wazoo. So, I’m a budget traveler by necessity. I do what I can to make my travel dollars stretch the farthest, and it proves to be a fun adventure. But someday, I imagine I’ll be more into the high-rise resorts and lobster tails. 😉
Ready to follow Brianna to every continent in the world? Despite there being “only seven” that’s a huge accomplishment and not an easy one! You can connect with her several ways: Through her Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest
Go for it, girl! And thank you for giving us a new perspective – being a solo traveler doesn’t mean you’re alone. Happy Travels xxAnika