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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...

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 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...

How Much Does a RTW Trip Cost (Really)?

Money is one of the biggest things keeping people from travel, and for writers, photographers, graphic designers and other creatives, budgets aren’t just tight – they’re on a shoestring. Many Americans, however, assume the costs of long-term travel...

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!...

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...

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.

Itineraries

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

Stories

Follow my own creative adventures across the globe.

Explore some of my top post categories below!

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A Walking Tour of the Charlottesville Mural Mile

A Walking Tour of the Charlottesville Mural Mile

One of my absolute favorite things to do when I travel is seek out local street art. (Check my round-up of the best street art cities around the world.) Fortunately, my hometown has more than a few murals of its own with a super handy interactive digital map run by...

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Unleash Your Creativity at IX Art Park

Unleash Your Creativity at IX Art Park

Stopping by the IX Art Park is one of the best free things to do in Charlottesville, but did you know you can fill a whole day here? This one-day itinerary will show you how to spend an entire Saturday at IX Art Park for creative sparks galore. It’s a perfect...

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