Hi, my name is Stephanie Huff (but you can call me Steph). Welcome to my little corner of the web! I’m a 29 year old PhD student and solo female traveller with a knack for misadventure.
I‘ve been attacked by a chimpanzee in Tanzania, drove a 35,000£ car rental into a ditch in Scotland, got food poisoning 10,000 ft up a mountain in Colombia and nitrogen narcosis 120 ft below the ocean in Belize.
I’m basically the modern-day hybrid of Bridget Jones and Indiana Jones - my life is full of super awkward moments and crazy adventures. For your entertainment, I write about them here on my blog.
Why start a travel blog?
I’m originally from a town in Ontario, Canada called London (yes, there is a London outside of England). In September of 2015, I left my cushy lifestyle in Western Canada to go back to school for my PhD in global health — it was one of the best decisions of my life!
I started this blog and my instagram account around the same time, as an outlet to still feel connected with travel and the version of myself I found while on the road. I never imagined that these platforms would actually open doors for me to travel more, meet people from all around the world, get my writing published and help pay my way through school!
I believe everyone who loves writing should start a blog -- you (yes you) have a unique story to tell! That's why I wrote a simplified guide on how to start a blog in 5 easy steps.
How can I afford to travel SO much?
It might surprise you that I've travelled the most while in University. I took advantage of every single funded academic opportunity to travel that I could: I did a semester abroad in Australia, a clinical placement in England, an internship in Tanzania, and fieldwork in Kenya. Earlier this year I moved to Tanzania to conduct my doctoral research project!
As for my other adventures? I pay for my travels, just like anyone else…I work hard and save up money (TBH: I've done some pretty crazy things to afford travel).
I wrote an entire post about how I afford to travel as a PhD student, which details the specific combination of strategies that have worked for me to travel to nearly 50 countries and 6 continents. I also wrote a post on how you can travel for FREE as a student.
Why solo travel?
I took my first solo trip in 2012 at the age of 24. A lot of my friends had just started their post-college jobs and were paying down student loans, so travel wasn't their priority. Flash forward 6 years and now my friends are buying houses, getting married and starting families of their own. If I waited around for someone to travel with, I would have never travelled at all!
Truthfully, after my first solo trip, I’ve never looked back; I love the freedom it offers. Solo female travel can definitely be challenging (read my rant in “Yes, I’m single. No, I won’t marry you”), but I also find it to be liberating, empowering and transformative.
I've travelled solo through most of Europe, India, Kenya, Colombia, Ethiopia and most recently 3500 miles overland from South Africa to Tanzania...and guess what? I was completely safe and I've never been happier!
My goal through blogging is to provide accurate information and authentic representations of destinations, so you have access to the information you need to travel safely. My goal through solo female travel is to challenge the discourse around what women can and can't do on their own, hopefully inspiring other women (and men) to live their travel dreams too!
Thank you for reading!