50 thoughts on “Dear Natalie: Who else does this?

  • March 7, 2018 at 5:43 am
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    It is interesting and inspiring to see your video. As a couple traveler, I personally often wonder what it would feel like to travel solo. I guess having traveled a lot, few things would be easier but then I know few things would be difficult to, safety being the major concern. Still I would like to go on solo trip someday and your story inspires me to do it

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    • March 10, 2018 at 6:09 am
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      I also think Marinel is inspirational!

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  • March 7, 2018 at 4:44 am
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    The solo that she travels is quite something and she seems to be loving it. Quite an inspiration. I like my solo but also love company. A mix of the two keeps me going.

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    • March 10, 2018 at 6:10 am
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      Balance is always a beautiful thing 🙂

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  • March 6, 2018 at 2:10 am
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    I love solo traveling so I travel alone most of the time. It’s amazing to hear the stories of another solo female traveler as well. I love her spirit and her adventure across the globe.

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    • March 10, 2018 at 6:11 am
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      Go you!! I love that you are out there exploring the world. 🙂

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  • March 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm
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    I admire her courage in her solo adventures! Honestly, I can’t imagine myself doing solo adventures and as extreme as hers. Setting my fears aside, there is also a fact that I enjoy travelling more with my husband. I guess solo travels is not really for me but I really applaud solo travellers for pursuing their dreams! 🙂

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    • March 10, 2018 at 6:11 am
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      I agree, she is a courageous lady.

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  • March 5, 2018 at 10:04 am
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    There’s so much that you can learn when you travel on your own. I think it’s also a great way to grow as an individual. It was nice watching the episode. I think women should consider going on adventures on their own!

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    • March 10, 2018 at 6:12 am
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      I agree, Alison. Solo adventure is an amazing way to facilitate growth.

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  • March 5, 2018 at 9:17 am
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    Oh so true! As hiker-lover and a girl I think it would be tons of fun for me too. It’s been too long since I last did it solo, I think it might greatly refresh me.

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    • March 10, 2018 at 6:12 am
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      Go for it, Lyosha! Let us know about your travels!

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  • March 4, 2018 at 10:30 pm
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    That’s great that Marinel figured out how to solo venture and explore the world for herself. I know I love travel, but I’m not sure I could be the kind of person to do that by myself. I did love road trips by myself though. I thought they were pretty awesome and lots of time to just sit and think and watch the amazing scenery fly by.

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    • March 5, 2018 at 3:51 am
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      I love the time to reflect and watch the landscape, too!

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  • March 4, 2018 at 7:38 pm
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    I used to travel alone for conventions and meetings all the time. Now I travel with my hubby and baby. I love to travel either way 🙂

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    • March 5, 2018 at 3:52 am
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      Haha yes! Couldn’t agree more — all travel is good travel!

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  • March 4, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    I’m currently not a solo traveler but have been in the past. It is so empowering to hit the road by yourself with no one else to answer to. One thing I haven’t done yet is travel to a country where I don’t know the language by myself yet. It sounds and looks like Marinel has had some amazing adventures on her own!

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    • March 5, 2018 at 3:52 am
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      I agree! She’s a total solo adventure boss!

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  • March 4, 2018 at 10:42 am
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    I have never tried to travel by myself but that could be a very exciting adventure. Solo travelers are so inspiring!

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    • March 5, 2018 at 3:53 am
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      I think so too! Marinel is awesome!

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  • March 4, 2018 at 10:33 am
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    I am such a baby, when it comes to being adventurous on your own, but I can see the reward aspect of it.

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    • March 5, 2018 at 3:54 am
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      Oh it can be terrifying, for sure! Yes, rewarding too, but I don’t think it is babyish to acknowledge the scary aspects!

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  • March 4, 2018 at 9:28 am
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    Travellig solo is something every woman should do at least once in a lifetime. Or even at least once a year-

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    • March 5, 2018 at 3:54 am
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      Sabrina, you are a woman after my own heart. I agree!

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  • March 4, 2018 at 9:24 am
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    It is for me always interesting to see and understand others why they are travelling the way they do. Even though I personally prefer to travel together with my wife, I see also the benefits in travelling alone. Of course I think the complete independence from anything is truly a thing while travelling alone. Also I think it gives you the chance to learn about yourself a lot more and also grow on the experiences that you make.

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    • March 5, 2018 at 3:56 am
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      Hendrik, I agree! I love the company of loved ones, but I think I evolve and grow more when I get out alone.

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  • March 4, 2018 at 1:57 am
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    I’m not really a solo traveller, and prefer to share my experiences with my wife in real time. However I do get the charm of solo travel. Marinel, for instance seems to have an awesome time doing it.

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    • March 5, 2018 at 3:57 am
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      Yes! She really does show how rewarding solo travel can be.

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  • March 3, 2018 at 9:47 pm
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    What an inspiration Marinel is for others! I still don’t know that I would travel by myself, but more power to her and to the others who do!

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  • March 3, 2018 at 6:49 pm
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    Wow what an inspiring lady. I’ve done solo adventures before, but just in a city. Never had it in the mountains or in different countries like South Africa. I don’t think I can do it on my own though, haha. Kudos to Marinel de Jesus

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    • March 5, 2018 at 3:59 am
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      I am with you. I day hike alone and do solo urban travels, but big solo expeditions? Yikes! Marinel shows me it is possible.

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  • March 3, 2018 at 3:53 pm
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    I haven’t traveled solo for a very long time. I’m so used to having my husband and kids with me. Last month, I went to the metro capital and it was a strange feeling to be by myself on the plane and no kids to tend. haha But I was thankful. A new opportunity.

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    • March 5, 2018 at 4:00 am
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      Sigrid, I think it’s so cool that you saw the treasure in that atypical experience. I am glad you got the opportunity!

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  • March 3, 2018 at 3:15 pm
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    I love this. I think traveling on your own is underrated. Solo trips can be some of the best

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  • March 3, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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    I love traveling but I always think travelling solo would be boring. I should probably try a solo trip for a change

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    • March 5, 2018 at 4:01 am
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      Ivie, do it!! 👏🏽 And let us know how it goes!

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  • March 3, 2018 at 2:58 am
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    This was so so inspirational! Thank you for sharing this. Thank you for inspiring me to take the chance and travel solo!

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    • March 5, 2018 at 4:02 am
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      Samantha, thank YOU for watching. Can’t wait to hear about your solo adventure.

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  • March 2, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    I’d love to travel but I would be scared to travel on my own. So many things could happen with being the only one

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    • March 5, 2018 at 4:02 am
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      It can be an intimidating experience at first.

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  • March 2, 2018 at 10:15 pm
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    I feel like a kindred spirit in Marinel. I also felt like nobody else wanted to go on trips or adventures with me. It’s amazing how liberating it is to finally jet out on your own. Like she said, travel and adventuring evolves over time. It’s all about baby steps.

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    • March 5, 2018 at 4:03 am
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      She has so many good ideas and wisdom. I am so happy she agreed to chat.

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  • March 2, 2018 at 9:14 pm
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    Travelling solo is not something I have ever done tbh but I would love to. It must make you grow enormously as a person and be amazing to learn about yourself this way

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    • March 5, 2018 at 4:04 am
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      Yes I agree. It’s such an awesome opportunity to stretch ourselves!

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  • March 2, 2018 at 9:11 pm
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    I have never been on a solo adventure but then I am very anxious and also really clueless with travel – I have no sense of direction!

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    • March 5, 2018 at 4:05 am
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      Laura, I hear you! I took a navigational class and highly recommend it. The book “Staying Found” is also helpful.

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  • March 2, 2018 at 7:23 pm
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    Marinel looks like she has so many great adventures! She really is so lucky! I love travel and exploration and I would certainly do this solo too! Love her spirit and determination and admire what she has achieved with trekking all over the world.

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    • March 5, 2018 at 4:06 am
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      I agree—I am really inspired by her pioneering spirit.

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