Solen Yucel

An intrepid traveller with bright ideas, a desire to explore cultures and traditions, and a relentless wanderlust.

Solen Yucel

The Trickiness of Nomadic Living

Waking up was hard today.  I haven’t felt that struggle since working at the bank when I dreaded facing the daily grind.  The three Irish backpackers in my room got up one by one in the darkness, readied themselves, and went off to their working holiday jobs.  I felt just a little more at ease in the silence of the room. 

The Trickiness of Nomadic Living

Ido Shohat

He took a journey through Asia to find himself and came out finding more than he'd ever imagined. From euphoria to melancholy -- he experiences it all and grows wiser on the road. 

Ido Shohat

Good Pain / Blind Massage

The rain starts to fall right as I leave my massage session with Kenny.   I expected nothing sunnier at this hour, days in Kuala Lumpur aren’t so confusing.  It starts out sunny, gets extremely hot and humid by mid-day, and then the rain comes before sunset.   I needed to break up my similar routine a bit, which is why I went for the blind massage.

Good Pain / Blind Massage

A Coin Toss For My Future

Australia? New Zealand? Australia. No wait... New Zealand.  I’ve been going back and forth on these two places for nearly a month now.  This is splitting my mind in two and my decision-making skills are fragmenting all over Malaysia as I try to solve such a trivial dilemma.  So then I thought, what if I don’t choose at all? 

A Coin Toss For My Future

Are You Out There?

Who are you?  Why are you reading this? And how would I know what you feel unless you told me?  There ought to be a shift from passively viewing one another on social media, to actively starting out with a simple hi.  Here's why.

Are You Out There?

Alex Nason

A self-aware, brave, solo female traveller who's been around the world and even farther into the depths of her inquisitive mind.  

Alex Nason

Pains of the Paradox of Choice

Psychologists call it the paradox of choice. When we’re given endless options to choose from in life, we sometimes end up choosing none at all. 

Pains of the Paradox of Choice

Finding a Rhythm

I try my best to keep writing on the road, but in a constant state of motion it’s not always easy to get into the rhythm of writing and working as I normally do.  It seems to be about finding the places that inspire and changing mindsets.  That’s when things get done.

Finding a Rhythm

Caroline Baril

A bold new solo female traveller who's experienced moments of loneliness on the road, but finds absolutely more highlights as she wanders into big adventures through Asia and Oceania 

Caroline Baril

Why Simplicity is Stimulating

Imagine spending a month on a serene, quiet beach with your thoughts and all of nature’s beauty.  Then imagine the next day abruptly switching into a packed van with an angry Cambodian driver and being dropped off in the heart of chaotic Khaosan Road in Bangkok. 

Why Simplicity is Stimulating

Pensive Days in Paradise

When you spend your time in a lonely paradise, you have no choice but to merge with the quiet beauty of not only the place, but of your thoughts and insecurities.  When you spend time alone, you have to go deeper inside the workings of your mind.

Pensive Days in Paradise

Living Closer to Nature

I fall asleep under a mosquito net.  I wake to the sounds of the birds and the leaves.  I shower next to a tree under the clouds and walk barefoot on the dirt and sand.  I am living more closely to nature than ever before.

Living Closer to Nature

You're in This Alone

Welcome to the real world.  A line overheard from someone in their home country advising a traveller abroad about his future.  The line is meant to convey that his travel life isn’t ‘real’ and that he should soon return to the status quo...

You're in This Alone

Return to Optimism

More highs and more lows -- these are the things I was expecting when I left on this journey.  With this pursuit of aliveness and adventure comes the challenge of realizing that state of mind controls our wellbeing more than any other. 

Return to Optimism

The Beauty of the Struggle

Warmth and cleanliness… it’s been days since I’ve felt either -- until today.  The north of Vietnam was unusually cold and damp, and staying at budget hostels certainly didn’t allow for me to avoid the chilly winds and filth so easily.  

The Beauty of the Struggle

Fasting and Resolutions

It occurred to me, while hunched over an outdoor toilet by my cold bungalow in mountainous Northern Thailand, that I’d never gone a full 24-hours without eating food in my life.  In this bout of stomach sickness caused by the food (for the first time in 4 months eating cheap food in Asia- not bad), I had been brought down - though only temporarily.  

Fasting and Resolutions

Holiday Season Hitchhiking

The former monk told us that there were four ways to get to the place we needed to go.  East, West, North, or South.  I came to volunteer on his organic farm for the holidays because I was hoping for some sense of mindfulness education and exposure to farming life. But as I was departing...

Holiday Season Hitchhiking

Morning Person Confessions

It doesn’t matter which time zone I’m in or which continent I’m on – I have something to confess.  Borders won’t keep me confined to my truth any longer; the majority will not bully me into pretending to be someone I’m not. 

Morning Person Confessions