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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...

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...

15 Awesome Destinations for Creative Women 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 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!...

Living Out of a Backpack for a Year: The Ultimate Round-the-World Trip 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 year-long round-the-world trip, I came to realize that living out of a backpack for a year is more of a process than a single, simple...

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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3-Day West Virginia Weekend Getaway

3-Day West Virginia Weekend Getaway

Move over Salem stans. I’ve got a new spooky season destination for you: West Virginia! West Virginia is one of the best off-the-beaten-path places for October travel thanks to its fall foliage and its X-Files worthy creep factor. This West Virginia weekend...

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Hanging On to Your Motivation for Traveling Long-Term

Hanging On to Your Motivation for Traveling Long-Term

When you want to quit your job and travel, it can be so draining to see other travelers out living their best lives on social media while you’re stuck at home on the all-ramen diet. Like…who’s paying for that? Is the Bank of Mom of Dad? A rabid feet...

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