After my first time to South America, my eyes were opened wide to the world of long term traveling. I remember thinking spending 6 weeks in Colombia was a long time, shortly realizing more than half the people I met were traveling for long extended periods of time, some even for over a year. What I thought was a space limited to men and people that were older, I began meeting lots of solo girl travelers, one just turning 18 during her trip.
Even after meeting these girls, a million doubts came into my mind. Was I social enough to travel alone? Did I have the stamina to live out of a backpack for more than a couple of weeks? Would I have the street smarts? Would I be safe?
But before I knew it, I was 22, just finished college and bought a one way ticket to Ecuador. I…
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