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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...

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 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!...

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...

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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5 Day Washington DC Itinerary for Solo Female Travelers

Washington DC is easy to overlook as a solo female traveler, especially if you grew up on the East Coast and took obligatory school trips. Isn’t it all just a bunch of government stuff? This 5 day Washington DC itinerary is the perfect chance for solo female...

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7 Day Costa Rica Itinerary for Solo Female Travelers

7 Day Costa Rica Itinerary for Solo Female Travelers

Costa Rica is one of the best destinations for solo female travelers. It has so much natural beauty, adventure, and great places to relax. The bad news is one week in Costa Rica isn’t enough to see the whole country. So if you only have 7 days in Costa Rica, you’ll...

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Solo Female Travel Packing List for Costa Rica

Solo Female Travel Packing List for Costa Rica

What to pack for one week in Costa Rica? This solo female travel packing list will take you from capital city San Jose to volcanic Arenal & La Fortuna to the Monteverde cloud forests. Looking for a packing list that can take you all over the world? See my full...

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