Today is International Women’s Day. Not only is it a time to look forward and work towards equality of the sexes, it’s a time to celebrate all the amazing achievements of womankind.

There have been some truly inspirational female travelers in history alongside the guys. From Nellie Bly who decided to go around the world in fewer days than Jules Verne, and published ‘Around the World in Seventy-Two Days’ when she made it. Such sass. And Jeanne Baré: the first woman to circumnavigate the world, and she did it all disguised as a man.

Fearless women have accepted life without boundaries for centuries, and it’s time for us to do the same. Here are ten reasons why you should travel the world (or a small section of it, at least) as a strong, independent woman in 2016.

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Hello there.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve realised that there isn’t a whole lot about me on my blog. Yes, you know all about where I’ve been on my travels, the places I’ve enjoyed, the ones I didn’t, and just how much I love Disney. But you don’t really know what makes me tick, and what I’m up to when I’m not jetting off to far off places. I think it’s time to change that, don’t you?

I’m going to try out a weekly round-up of my life, my favourite blogs of the week, and what’s going on. I’d love to hear your feedback, so please do leave a comment.

Without further ado, this was my week.

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Disney Parks are known throughout the world for being tonnes of fun and having amazing levels of service. Families will often save up for years to visit, so naturally they expect only the very best. Having to fulfill their exceptions as a Cast Member is difficult. They expect you to exceed their expectations. Your customer service skills have to come along very quickly when you accept a job at Disney. Nothing is ever too much trouble, which can be a challenge. But after a day of work, no matter how easy or difficult, there’s nothing like having unlimited theme park access to help you chill out and have the time of your life.

The reality of working for a company that accepts nothing less than perfection can be tough, but it’s also an amazing learning curve. If you’re going to get thrown in at the deep end (after extensive training), then why not do it with one of the best companies in the world?

By the way, if you’re looking for someone who’s going to moan about the Walt Disney Company then you’ve come to the wrong place. I adored my time working in Florida and it was a literal dream come true for me. Yes, there were highs and lows just like in any job, but overall it was one of my favourite life experiences to date. Read on to find out about the good, the bad, and the magical parts of working for Disney.

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We all know that social media is just a massive highlight reel of our lives, and it never shows the true picture of what is going on in a person’s life. This is never more true than with travel. The time someone spent ‘finding themselves’ hiking through the jungle and bonding with natives will never be all sunshine and daisies, no matter what they make out to be true on Facebook. While it really was the time of their life, they also probably had to deal with some rubbish along the way.
Of course travelling can be the most exciting part of life, and you should definitely share your stories wherever you can to encourage people to get out there and have an adventure of their own. Though I don’t think the reality travel should be too sugarcoated. Why not mention both the good, the bad and the ugly?
So, to celebrate the imperfection of life, here’s my look at what travel looks like on social media compared to what it looks like in real life.

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I felt like I knew New Orleans before I even got there. It has such a strong identity in films, books, and TV that I had very set expectations. The jazz, southern hospitality, beignets, and everything that’s in The Princess and the Frog (probably including a saxaphone-playing alligator). It doesn’t have the same fictional magic in the air that cities like New York do; New Orleans is a grittier version of it’s stereotypes. There’s binge drinking, poverty, and some unsavory places to be. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but it was amazing in different ways.

First of all, though, I have to tell you about one of the most surreal experiences of my life which happened on my first morning in this city.

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