GirlGoTravel: 23rd Female Solo Traveler Feature

Sierra dreamed of living in Italy, more specifically building a business in cultural immersion tours. By saving up money and focusing her ambition, she moved to Puglia for three months. From there she explored the off beaten path, developed authentic tours excursions and discovered more about herself.

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A typical sunny day in Puglia.

A typical sunny day in Puglia.

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Hanging out in a little neighborhood of abandoned trulli homes in Alberobello. These cute little buildings are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hanging out in a little neighborhood of abandoned trulli homes in Alberobello. These cute little buildings are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of my favorite days was picking cherries with my Italian friends in the countryside. At first I picked while standing below the tree, then I climbed the ladder, then I just climbed the tree altogether!

One of my favorite days was picking cherries with my Italian friends in the countryside. At first I picked while standing below the tree, then I climbed the ladder, then I just climbed the tree altogether!

I couldn’t believe the bond this artist had with his donkey. The cute donkey just walked right over and nuzzled into him. It looked just like they were hugging each other and as I was capturing this picturesque moment, I thought “Only in Italy..”

I couldn’t believe the bond this artist had with his donkey. The cute donkey just walked right over and nuzzled into him. It looked just like they were hugging each other and as I was capturing this picturesque moment, I thought “Only in Italy..”

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This church in Florence looks plain on the outside, but holds a remarkable secret. This is where Michelangelo secretly dissected bodies in the basement to study anatomy.

This church in Florence looks plain on the outside, but holds a remarkable secret. This is where Michelangelo secretly dissected bodies in the basement to study anatomy.

On my last day, I still had not had the chance to visit the famous sea caves of Polignano by boat. A friend called up someone he knew and we were met at the port by a little boat that took me on a private tour of the sea caves. It was so incredibly gorgeous and life in that moment just seemed as sweet as it gets. I was overwhelmed by an immense sense of freedom and contentment and just sat at the very front of the boat with my arms open wide feeling confident, empowered, and happy. 

On my last day, I still had not had the chance to visit the famous sea caves of Polignano by boat. A friend called up someone he knew and we were met at the port by a little boat that took me on a private tour of the sea caves. It was so incredibly gorgeous and life in that moment just seemed as sweet as it gets. I was overwhelmed by an immense sense of freedom and contentment and just sat at the very front of the boat with my arms open wide feeling confident, empowered, and happy. 

I was shocked to see a staff member literally “open” this painting like a book to reveal an even older fresco behind it that I otherwise would have never known about! It really hit me how as tourists, we’re only seeing a highly curated selection of the amazing art in that city.

I was shocked to see a staff member literally “open” this painting like a book to reveal an even older fresco behind it that I otherwise would have never known about! It really hit me how as tourists, we’re only seeing a highly curated selection of the amazing art in that city.

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A solo trip isn’t complete without a splurge day every now and then with multiple guilty pleasures. No one knows, no one cares. Just enjoy!

A solo trip isn’t complete without a splurge day every now and then with multiple guilty pleasures. No one knows, no one cares. Just enjoy!

A beautiful Italian couple, each about 87 years old, that I had the honor of meeting in the street. As I took a walk with them, they described me what each shop used to be 50 years ago, what it was like when the Germans occupied their city during the war, and how the husband spent three years sleeping in the Colosseum in Rome when he tried to find work.

A beautiful Italian couple, each about 87 years old, that I had the honor of meeting in the street. As I took a walk with them, they described me what each shop used to be 50 years ago, what it was like when the Germans occupied their city during the war, and how the husband spent three years sleeping in the Colosseum in Rome when he tried to find work.

 Later they invited me to dine in their home and I was on cloud nine! I later interviewed them for an article and recorded our conversation in Italian. I will forever cherish that recording and that experience.

 Later they invited me to dine in their home and I was on cloud nine! I later interviewed them for an article and recorded our conversation in Italian. I will forever cherish that recording and that experience.

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The natural beauty of Puglia never ends.

The natural beauty of Puglia never ends.

A dream come true--having a picnic, drinking wine, and dancing in a field of poppies!

A dream come true--having a picnic, drinking wine, and dancing in a field of poppies!

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In love with this place, in love with the life I'm building.

In love with this place, in love with the life I'm building.

I will hold on to this feeling of immense, pure happiness forever. It was the result of three months traveling solo in Italy.

I will hold on to this feeling of immense, pure happiness forever. It was the result of three months traveling solo in Italy.


 

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