When I used to travel alone for months at a time, my travel story takes place in South America.

Even though I had backpacked Europe, Southeast Asia, and China in my mid-20s and studied abroad in Australia, the combination of intense excitement and nerves leading up to my backpacking trip to South America was different.

And despite the warnings of my family and friends that South America was not a good place for a solo female traveler, it turned out to be my best trip ever.

This trip contains a plethora of memorable travel experiences and interesting short travel stories, including: