Discovering the Unknown, Together!

What would happen if you quit your job, sold most of your belongings and embarked on an adventure that had you exploring some of the most amazing destinations on earth? I can tell you that 3 years ago, that statement scared the crap out of me, but now that I’ve lived it and am on the other side, I can confidently tell you that it was the best decision I have ever made! Traveling solo for the past few years has unveiled the best version of who I am and has bonded me with some of the most amazing, inspirational people in the world! You just may not know them yet ;). My experiences as an solo female traveler have ignited a passion within me to help people like YOU consider what a life of travel would look like and how it can be achieved! I have created a community of experienced travelers like myself who can offer up some great advice about how they overcame their fears and how their life has changed since stepping into the unknown.

Explore the DTU site to find:

  • Traveler Portfolios
  • Destination Information and Resources
  • Advice on Ways to Travel: Study Abroad Programs, Working Holiday Visas, WWOOFing, Seasonal Work, and Solo Travel.
  • Personalized Coaching
  • Travel Blog, highlighting travel advice, benefits and personal encounters
  • If you’ve already been on an amazing trip, please share it with our community here!

Get to Know Erica

 

Kia Ora! Welcome to the DTU Community! I am happy you have decided to come for a visit 🙂

My name is Erica and I have a pretty serious illness. Doctors have tried diagnosing it, but they just can’t seem to figure out what it is. Symptoms include: daydreaming, boredom, craving exotic foods, wearing a backpack on a daily basis, watching Travel Channel marathons, daily meditations, excessive itching, and strained eyes. After comparing my symptoms with some friends, we’ve discovered that I have the TRAVEL BUG and I can’t stop itching!

The bug reached my system in 2007 while studying abroad in South Africa for 5 months. After that trip, the bug remained inside, but I put traveling on the back burner due to the idea that I had to follow the path of the normal American young adult which included pursuing a career, meeting the man of my dreams, and starting a family. Over the course of the next 5 years, I always knew I had the urge to want to travel again, but I allowed certain fears to debilitate those dreams. After watching many of my close friends head off on their own solo journeys around the world, I realized that I needed to make a change and start pursuing my own travel dreams. Through their guidance and inspiration, I embarked on my own solo journey through New Zealand while on a working holiday visa and it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The personal growth and relationships that I encountered on the trip, let alone the amazing scenery, left me wanting to explore new countries and cultures.

To get to know a bit more about me and how I overcame my fears while on my New Zealand trip, check out my  Traveler Portfolio!

I am currently doing a working holiday visa in Australia and just returned from a month in Bali, Indonesia which is one of the most magical and most challenging places I’ve ever been to. A place I highly recommend for those seeking a deeper meaning to the beauty that makes them who they are and how to apply that to a fulfilling life.

Kia Kaha, Kia Maia (Be Strong, Be Brave),

Erica

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Discover the Unknown's Traveler Experiences

Evie Kanerva

Hello, my name is Evie! I’m 26 years old from Sweden! If you would like to contact me with any questions, please do so here.  I hope you enjoy reading what I’ve learned while on my journey! What countries have you traveled to so far? Spain, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Finland, England, Malta, France, USA, and […]

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Rachel Mazza

“Traveling the world is fun, and addicting, but remember your big goals and dreams. Just because you’re on a 6 month trip to Asia doesn’t mean you can’t continue to achieve your dream of writing a book, or achieving your fitness goals.” Hello, my name is Rachel ! I’m years 25 old from the United […]

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Danny Hutchinson

“Traveling alone can be one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of your life. It is a true test of courage, and the rewards easily outweigh their worth in gold.” Hello, my name is Danny! I’m 25 years old from the United States and I am currently traveling in New Zealand!  If you would […]

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Phoebe Georg

“The world is a crazy place and I want to experience as much as I can. I want to eat amazing food, meet weird people, drink too much, get lost, find my way and laugh at the end.” Hello, my name is ! I’m 22 years old from Australia and I am currently traveling in!  If […]

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Niamh Kane

“We have everything we need to be happy and when you feel it, share it; be there for someone else.” Hello, my name is Niamh! I’m 31 years old from and I am currently traveling in New Zealand!  If you would like to get in contact with me, submit a message here and Erica will relay it […]

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Kate Kerrick

“I try to take new experiences as opportunity to broaden my knowledge and understanding, of both the world and myself.” Hello, my name is Kate! I’m 28 years old from New Hampshire (USA) and I am currently living in Kenya!  If you would like to get in contact with me, submit a message here and Erica will […]

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Rene Hartmann

“Traveling is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer!!” Hello, my name is Rene! I’m 20 years old from Germany and I am currently living there too!  If you would like to get in contact with me, submit a message here and Erica will relay it to me. I hope you enjoy reading what I’ve […]

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Jack Blackmore

“The reason for my travels was quite simply to gain more experience in my new career of choice as a ski instructor.” Hello, my name is Jack! I’m 25 years old from England and I am currently traveling in New Zealand!  If you would like to get in contact with me, submit a message here and Erica […]

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Aaron Allen

“Just do it jump in. Have no regrets.” Hello, my name is Aaron! I’m 21 years old from and I am currently traveling in New Zealand!  If you would like to get in contact with me, submit a message here and Erica will relay it to me.  I hope you enjoy reading what I’ve learned while on […]

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Jen Jones

“My dream life is one that is full…full of life, adventure, lots of laughter, and a good story written by a good God.” Hello, my name is Jen! I’m years 28 old from South Korea and I am currently traveling in!  If you would like to get in contact with me, submit a message here and Erica […]

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Amy

“I really want to embrace the journey I’m on and enjoy the ride!” Hello, my name is Amy! I’m from the United States and I am currently traveling in Australia! I hope you enjoy reading some of what I’ve learned while on my journey! What countries have you traveled to so far? France, England, Peru, Dominican […]

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Megan Rabuck

“I want to break out of my normal everyday routine and test my boundaries of what I once held as a belief, feeling, or outlook.” Hello, my name is Megan Rabuck! I’m 21 years old from the United States and I just completed a study abroad program in Spain and hope to travel to the […]

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Elaine Weiss

“…you can only plan so much, the rest is about taking the leap!!! We all make mistakes along the way, and they actually make great memories.” Hello, my name is Elaine! I’m 29 years old from Malaysia/Australia and I am currently traveling in Around the World (currently Canada)! If you would like to get in […]

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Exequiel Guerra

“The traveling bug has already bite you and there is no way back. Take the risk, you won’t regret!” Hello, my name is Exequiel Guerra! I’m 26 years old from Argentina and I am currently traveling in Tonga! If you would like to contact me, click on Connect with Erica under the Discover Their Journey […]

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Erica Batstone

“We all have fears, but when we have the opportunity to face them, THAT is when the real magic happens!” Hello, my name is Erica Batstone, I’m 27 years old from the USA and I am currently traveling in New Zealand! My past travels have taken me to South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Canada, […]

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