Hey, there!

My name is Valeriya, a Bulgarian with an untamed heart and a curious mind and an occasional solo traveler. Dare to Travel Alone is my labor of love – a story collection of adventures that depict the beauty of traveling solo.

If 5 years ago someone had told me that I would not only enjoy traveling solo but also encourage others to do so, I would have been like “Who? Me? Are you loco!”. But here I am today a little braver and more self-aware, hitting the road every chance I get.

I hope the content you’ll find here will give you some inspiration to go and chase your own adventures.

Dare to Travel Alone is devoted to promoting the beauty of traveling solo.

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stories, photos, videos and more from the blog

Solo Traveler Spotlight Rita Teller

Solo Traveler Spotlight: Rita Teller

I met Rita when I was an Erasmus student in Brussels, Belgium in 2011. Back then I thought she was crazy – a female in her early twenties hopping from one place to another each weekend all by herself, there got to be something wrong with her. But each time she came back, we gathered […]

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Laos: A Day Into The Life Of Captain Hook

With nearly 7 million inhabitants, Laos counts over 100* ethnic groups which can be grouped into 4 families, each speaking its own dialect and having its own customs and religious views. Even though a lot of agencies organize visits to various hill tribe villages, I decided to look for a more authentic, less touristy experience. […]

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Solo Traveler Spotlight: Thomas Dong

A couple of fellow travelers and me were waiting for the bus to pick us up from the lobby of our hostel in Siam Reap, Cambodia, when we met Tom. He was coming from Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city, where he volunteered as an English teacher. Even though we spoke for like 30 minutes, we […]

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7 Types Of Solo Travelers Wandering Around The World

They are on the rise. They come in all shapes, sizes and personality types.They are the biggest travel trend of 2017.  Here is a list of the solo travelers wandering around the world. 1. The gap year solo traveler  Fresh out of high school or university, he breaks the piggy bank where he kept years’ worth of crappy […]

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3 things traveling alone taught me

Back in 2015 I was supposed to go to Rome for a long weekend with my friends. When it was time to buy tickets, however, my friends started to bail out. Suddenly they were too busy, couldn’t take days off or simply changed their minds. Having no one to go with, I was faced with […]

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Ko Phi Phi Tailand

Ko Phi Phi, The Corrupted Paradise

In 1996, Alex Garland, wrote a novel about a young English backpacker named Richard, who ditches his familiar life to travel in search of something new. He lands in Thailand, where he meets a mentally disturbed guy who gives him a hand-drawn map. It contains directions to a mysterious island with a paradise-like beach, untouched by tourists. Lured by the idea to find […]

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Khao Sok Floating Houses

Khao Sok, the Indiana Jones Adventure

Terry, Patrick, Kat and I got off from the back of the pickup. We had to buy rubber shoes from the street market for our jungle trek tomorrow. All of my companions got rubber shoes with spikes on them, very much resembling the soccer shoes. But not me. I got black ballerina-like rubber ones. Even […]

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Chinese New Year 2017, Year of the Rooster

The Chinese New Year celebrations caught me at the Si Lom Sky Train station in Bangkok. I was heading to the hostel, after a two-day visit at Khao Yai National Park, when I heard firecrackers just around the corner. I made my way through the masses to a narrow one-way street. Between the residential buildings, right on […]

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Elephant Quest at Khao Yai

The Elephant Quest, Khao Yai National Park

A safari vehicle picked me up early in the morning for a full-day adventure through Thailand’s oldest national park, Khao Yai. Another three pick-up stops followed by a 75-minute scenic drive from Pak Chong to Khao Yai’s Visitors Center. With our leach socks on, we were now ready to roam through the jungle. Our hiking group […]

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Bangkok, street life

Bangkok, where life is happening on the street

If I had to pick one photo to describe life of Bangkok, it would be this one – a woman washing the dishes in a bucket on the street.  I spent four days in there and I took hundreds of photos – from the remarkable temples and the iconic floating markets to the rushing tuk-tuks and the delectable […]

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Goodbye Old, Hello New!

I did it! Blame it on the pressure of the New Year’s resolution list or the few glasses of wine I had but in the remaining few hours of the Old year, I decided to throw a challenge to the New one: A ONE MONTH SOLO ADVENTURE IN THAILAND. My longest solo trip to a long […]

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