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What the $#@! is a RTW Trip?

Whether it’s your first time visiting WorldSmith or you’ve been following my destination guides for a while, there are three little letters you see stamped all over my blog. R. T. W. What do they mean? What IS a RTW trip? And why do I want so badly for you...

How to Travel for a Year: The Ultimate Road Map to a Solo RTW Trip

What does it take to travel for a year? Embarking on a RTW trip isn’t like your average vacation. You can’t book all your transportation and accommodations in advance. You need to consider things like how to stay healthy on the road, and you can’t...

15 Awesome Destinations for Creative Professionals Around the World

It can be hard to decide where to go on a RTW trip, or even just on vacation. When you have creative skills and an interest in arts and culture, that can help you narrow down what you’re looking for… or it can make it even harder to determine which...

How Much Does It Cost to Travel the World for a Year?

Money is one of the biggest things keeping people from travel. I know in 2023, budgets aren’t just tight–they’re on a shoestring. Many Americans, however, assume long-term travel is way more expensive than it actually is. If you spend $2000 on a...

Living Out of a Backpack for a Year: The Ultimate Solo Female RTW Packing List

Every new traveler thinks they’ve cracked the code to the perfect backpack. I was no exception, but over the course of my RTW trip, I came to realize that living out of a backpack for a year is more a process than a single, simple formula. Packing for a RTW trip...

How to Plan the RTW Trip Itinerary of Your Dreams

When you love to travel, few things are more exciting than planning a new trip. A round-the-world trip (RTW trip) where you spend months visiting several countries and making a complete loop around the globe is probably the most exciting planning adventure of all!...

Hi! I’m Danielle

Many moons ago, I was a young writer trying to make myself fit into a normal life. I juggled multiple part-time jobs for not much money, looking anywhere I could for creative opportunities. It wasn’t all bad — I lived in a nice apartment and had a big support network — but what I loved more than anything was travel, and counting down to one precious week of vacation a year didn’t feel like enough.
I knew that as a writer, I had what it took to work remotely. So when I got fed up with the part-time balancing act, I embraced the freelancer life and hit the road for an entire year.

On this blog you’ll find…

Trip Planning

Get in-depth advice for how to plan and execute a solo round-the-world (RTW) trip.


Find itineraries and tips for artsy and female-friendly destinations.


Follow my own creative adventures across the globe.

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When to Give Notice You’re Quitting Your Job to Travel

When to Give Notice You’re Quitting Your Job to Travel

So you’re quitting your job to travel! First, allow me to say… get it girl! So proud of you. But now you have a BIG dilemma on your hands. You’re going to have to tell your boss and your coworkers at some point, right? For us Type A overachievers who started burning...

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How Long Should a Round-the-World Trip Be?

You want to quit your job and travel, but after exploring different types of long term travel, you’ve realized that being a digital nomad forever isn’t right for you. Instead, you’re going to take a round-the-world trip! Whether you have big career goals or...

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