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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 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 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...

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…

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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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14 Things to Do in the Finger Lakes

14 Things to Do in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes in upstate New York are a slightly off-the-beaten-path weekend getaway full of pretty views and a few hidden gems. Whether you’re interested in getting outdoors, looking for a taste of small town life, or just here for the wine, these are the best...

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10 Wineries in the Finger Lakes You Have to Visit

10 Wineries in the Finger Lakes You Have to Visit

When you want to get a little off the beaten path as a wine lover in the US, I’ll usually recommend coming down to my neck of the woods in Virginia. But upstate New York has its own winegrowing region in the Finger Lakes, where a cool waterfront climate creates the...

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14 Things to Do in Buenos Aires for Solo Female Travelers

First solo trip to South America? Buenos Aires is a great introduction (and a great base for digital nomads). The city is huge and has tons of things to do for solo female travelers spanning art, history, food and wine. These 14 things to do in Buenos Aires will...

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