Siquijor 2018

My name is Kate, a milleXial (that strange generation that’s not exactly millennial, not exactly Gen X) and a solo female flashpacker from the Philippines. I work as a writer and commercial model. In my free time, I volunteer as an advocate of mental health awareness (I’m a survivor of major depressive disorder) and animal welfare. I come home to six rescue dogs and seven rescue cats.

I remember the first time I traveled alone. I quit my 9-5 office job and went on a soul-searching trip to New York, back when Facebook was within the confines of Harvard and the social media kings were MySpace and Craigslist. I was scared and excited at the same time, but I’m glad I did it. In fact, I realized I should have done it sooner! After that New York adventure, I launched this blog. That same year, I landed multiple modeling projects and my first indie film—all while working as a professional writer in the Philippines.

Many years, heartaches, and life experiences later, I continue to travel—not just as a vacation, but as part of my lifestyle. Around 70% of my travels are done solo; the rest are with friends or family. It’s not always easy. A Filipino passport isn’t exactly the golden ticket to international travel.

But I’m grateful. Traveling has helped me become a more culturally diverse person. My solo travels connect me with progressive people and kindred spirits—fellow creatives who don’t work in a 9-5 desk job, empowered single women defying societal expectations, and digital nomads who travel for a living.

More than a place for me to dish out travel tips to fellow solo female travelers, this blog is dedicated to other single and thriving Filipinas living their truth. I empathize with the struggles of defying toxic behaviors and stereotypes. It’s okay if you don’t follow a straight path. It’s okay to be different. Go ahead and travel solo; it’s not as scary as it seems. Let me show you how I do it.

Peace, love, and light,

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