Kayla McCormick


In August of 2012, I left my job at Oprah to pursue my dream of backpacking the world solo. 


Having spent the vast majority of my solo travels in Latin America, I wanted to see how I would fare in a place where I didn't quite know the culture or even speak the language.  I decided to begin my journey in the Far East and then head west to more familiar terrain in Europe.  

I would post brief summaries of each place I went and intended "next-stops" on Facebook to see if anyone within my personal network of Facebook friends or acquaintances knew of anyone I could potentially meet up with.  Inevitably, I found that after visiting 13 countries and dozens of big cities all over the world, somebody ALWAYS knew someone who could, at the very least, meet up for a quick coffee and/or sometimes even take me in for a few days to a week.  I traveled "Paul Theroux style" (as much as I could by train and by land). Bigger continental jumps were done by plane, yet only when a cheap fare would surface. 


Below are some highlight albums from the trip:

Indonesia (Bali to Java- 29 hours by bus/ferry) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151413544966939.1073741832.592106938&type=1&l=e1e3a4805f

Indonesia (Bukit Luwang, Sumatra):  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151435695596939.1073741837.592106938&type=1&l=924204dd32

Indonesia (Tuk Tuk, Sumatra) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151440655001939.1073741838.592106938&type=1&l=ddfbd9aca8

Jakarta:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151432924351939.1073741836.592106938&type=1&l=d0de17d1f5

Singapore:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151445096546939.1073741839.592106938&type=1&l=9176da697e

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151445744761939.1073741840.592106938&type=1&l=13d8512b7e

Bangkok, Thailand: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151464191131939.1073741843.592106938&type=1&l=3417fbca8a

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151476601321939.1073741845.592106938&type=1&l=7df58ac0dc

Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151480565566939.1073741846.592106938&type=1&l=cb1f723763

Overnight Train to Hoi Ann, Vietnam:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151487810076939.1073741847.592106938&type=1&l=446ccf5d83

Amsterdam:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151531240431939.1073741858.592106938&type=1&l=c221deab4f

Paris:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151536364271939.1073741859.592106938&type=1&l=8dff646853

Autignac, France: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151544402736939.1073741860.592106938&type=1&l=06dccc8675

Camino de Santiago, Spain:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151598219256939.1073741862.592106938&type=1&l=44e29068f5