In August 2017 I left my job and started off on my most recent solo travel adventure with no set end date. I enjoy getting off the beaten path, traveling cheaply, avoiding tours when I can and really getting a taste and feel for the local culture and natural wonders.
I am sharing my adventures along the way in the hope of inspiring others to take the road less traveled. I encourage any advice on places to go and any feedback on my blog. If you would like to adventure together or collaborate on a project please get in touch.
When I am on the road it is a little hard to keep current with my blog, so if you would like to know what my most recent adventure has been, follow me on Instagram @wanderlustofdill
Sending my love for adventure out into the universe! x
November 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm
Are you a self taught photographer? Any links or tips in your blog?
November 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm
Hi! Yes I am self taught 🙂 I don’t have any links or tips at this stage on my blog. Maybe something to come in the future 🙂
For me it has mostly been trial and error, learning bits and pieces along the way 🙂
November 24, 2017 at 2:42 am
Thank you for making some note of the fact that there was an incident with the conflict at the eagle festival. Nothing was reported in the news whatsoever in relation to the incident. I have recieved footage and witness accounts from people who knew a lot about what happened. I am collecting eye witness reports and mentions such as your own. I have found out a lot more. I will you properly when I share this story via a video on YouTube soon. I will use your exact words as stated in this blog. All other witnesses or contributors have requested that I leave their names out of my reporting. If you heard anything from any other travellers while there please let me know what they told you; and if you heard anything form guides talking about what happened please let me know. Thank you. Meghan Fitz-James.
December 3, 2017 at 8:01 pm
Linda, I am so happy to have found your blog (you posted a link to it in the comments section of a post of the facebook Female Solo Traveler Network group). Your posts about Mongolia were incredibly inspiring – I’d honestly never even thought about going to Mongolia, but now it is an absolute must for me! I’ll be traveling Asia for two months in January and February (Japan, Thailand and Nepal), not sure what your current travel plans are but if you happen to be around I would love to meet up for a chat! Either way I’m looking forward to reading your other blog posts, and good luck on all your adventures!
December 3, 2017 at 8:38 pm
Hi Amanda, I am so happy to read your comment 🙂 thankyou so much!
I am actually planning on going to Nepal in march, but might get there in feb to get some acclimatising done before I climb some mountains. I would love to meet up for a chat if we happen to be there at the same time 🙂
December 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm
Really happy to have found your thrilling adventures. I shall be watching your travels closely. Best of luck. Jx
December 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm
Thank you so much 🙂 I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know you are enjoying reading about my adventures 🙂
December 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm
Hey Linda! What your doing and how your living your life is an inspiration to me like you wouldn’t believe. Thank you for sharing your experiences. You’re helping to create a more humane world by giving the gift of travel to others. I wish I had something to give you in return that means half as much as your gift means to me..I aspire at some point to travel to the extent to which you are doing now. Is this the longest amount of time you have spent travelling? How much/or how long did you have to save before you had enough to begin your travels? How much planning went into your trip prior to leaving? Did you make a rough estimate of how long you would be travelling for and then from that made a rough estimate of how much you would need to save? Did you book all the flights before you left or have you been booking tickets on the road and deciding where to go as you go along? I’m 3 years into my uni degree and have made the decision to defer indefinitely so I can focus on working to earn money to travel. I struggle greatly when it comes to planning, and knowing how and when to plan for the experience. Since you’re travels are for a much longer amount of time than most holidays I’m interested to know how you went about planning and saving for your travels. I know of no one who has enough experience to answer my questions. But reading you’re blog gives me hope that maybe I can do it. Please don’t feel pressured to answer my annoying questions. I totally understand if you can’t. Thank you all the same and God Bless! Much love xxx
December 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm
Hi Alex, thank you so much for your kind words and lovely comment. I am glad that my stories can be an inspiration to people like yourself 🙂 It is great that you are so intestested and keen to travel. I believe travel is such a wonderful way to learn about yourself and the world and to become more accepting and open-minded about the people and places in this world that live differently to ourselves
I have done several trips before of 1-5 months in length, but this will be my longest trip so far. I don’t actually have a plan as to how long I will be away for. It will either be until I get sick of traveling (doubtful) or my funds run low. My degree (veterinarian) provides me with the ability to get a well paid job in many different places when I am needing to earn some money.
I guess I have been saving for several years for this trip, but I have still done some overseas trips in-between jobs or during work holidays. But I have done everything I can to save money for this trip over the years – i.e. not going out much, not buying new clothes/things etc (make saving part of your lifestyle knowing what your long-term goal is). But I have not completely sacrificed my lifestyle during this time either. How much you need to travel completely depends on a few things – what countries you want to go to (some are cheap, some are very expensive), what you want to do (tours often cost more than doing things solo, some activities are very expensive) and how you like to travel (buses, hostels, hitchhiking, eating supermarket food vs hotels, taxis, eating out a lot etc).
I only had one flight booked when I left home and kind made up my itinerary along the way, based on places I have always wanted to go and on recommendations of other travellers I met along the way – a luxury you can afford when you are traveling for a long time and are really flexible. One-way tickets often work out to be more expensive in the long run, but if you are flexible with times/days then you can find cheap tickets. Sometimes you need evidence of onward travel for some countries when applying for visas, but there are some ways to get around this with ‘fake/flexible’ tickets.
I hope that helps a bit, but feel free to ask me any more questions you may have. You can either email me at email@example.com or message me on Facebook.
April 27, 2018 at 1:29 pm
Incredible journey, thanks for letting us in. I’m planning to ride in Mongolia, but I don’t want to do it with the traditional tour group. I’m a rider and a traveller, with and without horses, so could you give me some tips on starting out, finding horses, guides where necessary etc etc – any tips in fact. Thanks!
April 27, 2018 at 1:56 pm
I asked for tips, but I’ve just found the page where you explain everything. Perfect!
June 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm
I’m headed to Mongolia soon to do a 2 week solo trek. I’d love to chat further, especially in regards to your gear. If you’re opening to chatting, could you please email?
July 7, 2018 at 10:45 pm
Sure, I am happy to chat further. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any of your questions.
September 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm
Hi Linda, I have to thank you for writing honestly and making planning trips easier, with what you’ve shared. I hope you don;t mind, but may I ask how you got from Dahab to Luxor? My friend and I are heading off to Jordon then Egypt In November and your suggestions have come in very helpful.
But internal flights are very expensive (as much as my flight out to Jordon!), and we’re trying to avoid having to go to Cairo to head south and back up to Cairo again.
So any pointers or suggestions would really help. All the best with your adventure,
September 11, 2018 at 9:17 pm
I am glad my blog has been useful for you 🙂
I actually did the Nile region of Egypt, then went to Jordan, caught the ferry back to Egypt (Nuweiba) from Aqaba and flew out of Sharm el Sheikh. So I didn’t end up going to Dahab to Luxor direct. However, I believe there is a ferry from Sharm el Sheikh (about an hour south of Dahab) to Hurghada and from there you can take a bus to Luxor. Or you can take a (long) bus ride from Dahab to Luxor via Cairo. It can be a bit of a confusing country and many things are more easily booked when you get there as you can ask the locals about the best options. It may depend a little on how much time you have. Best of luck, and feel free to ask me any other questions 🙂