Madilyn Lee (@wanderess.chronicles) — My home is anywhere I have lived & loved. From CO 🌄 to Nicaragua 🇳🇮 the City of Angels 🌇 Lisboa, Portugal 🇵🇹 🔜 Fez, Morocco 🇲🇦🛫💕🌍😘
When I told people I would be traveling around Colombia alone for a month, the f
When I told people I would be traveling around Colombia alone for a month, the first reaction I would receive went something like... “You’re going alone?? But you’re blonde! You’re going to get kidnapped! Aren’t you scared??” Low and behold, two years later I’m alive to tell the tale of an epic adventure in my second favorite country (after 🇵🇹 of course). As a woman traveling alone across the country I can honestly say that I had not one close call or experience that made me feel concerned for my safety. Time and time again the Colombian people greeted me with a smile and lended a helping hand expecting nothing in return. I can say with ease that I felt far more unsafe at the gas station across from my apartment in East Los Ángeles than I ever did in Colombia. Have any of you ever been warned against visiting a country because it’s “unsafe” and gone anyway? Tell me about it! #travelcolombia#nofear#solotravelgirl#takingontheworld#guatape#passionpassport#sheisnotlost#darlingtravels#sheexplores#ladiesgoneglobal#travelgram#soultravel#femmetravel#shewhowanders#girlsborntotravel
15.12.2018 19:43:13
It has become a widespread belief that traveling has the power to destroy ignora
It has become a widespread belief that traveling has the power to destroy ignorance. What is not often discussed, however, is that it also has the power to make you more tolerant to the ignorance of others. This interview with the incredibly talented travel blogger @_jmarietravels will delve into the issues of black identity and the difference between ignorance (lack of knowledge) versus bigotry or prejudice. On an illuminating trip to the Balkans, Jasmine is presented with a dilema when a woman asks “Can I touch your hair?” Her reaction may surprise you. Click on the link in bio to hear her fascinating story. #ladiesgoneglobal#travelnoire#ahamoment#foodforthesoul#blackidentity#tolerance#travel#understanding#lifelessons#selfreflection#wordsofwisdom#blackandabroad#travelstories
13.12.2018 14:14:23
For those of you who don’t really know me... You’re about to. I’ve been told ove
For those of you who don’t really know me... You’re about to. I’ve been told over and over since I was a little girl “You’re just so happy all the time! I wish I could be like that.” Then to this day when people see me posing in stunning locations around the world some may be led to believe that I have it all together. What you may not know about me is that I’ve been struggling on and off with depression and PTSD for the last two years. When you see me giggling and twirling on the Santa Monica pier you don’t see the number of nights I cried myself to sleep wondering if I even want to be here anymore. Listen, everyone has their demons. Mine just happened to be a cocktail of sexual assault and heartbreak that sent me on a downward spiral. At a particularly low point in my life my mom told me, “I hope one day you can be as happy as everyone else thinks you are.” That hit me hard. I was putting more effort into proving to those around me that I was happy with my life then going through the healing process which would lead to actual contentment. I was more interested in maintaining the facade of perfection than I was in my own mental health and well being. So I let go of relationships that weren’t serving me, a job that was killing me, and a city I never really belonged in. It was an emotionally tumultuous time of my life filled with tears, laughs, and my fair share of growing pains. Now I am at a place where I am living out my dreams and taking on the world. I’m in love with an incredible man, but more importantly I’m in love with my life and myself. I’m not yet where I want to be, but I’m closer than I’ve ever been. For me, that is enough. #selflove#healing#soulfood#tellthetruth#innerpeace#imasurviver#metoo#notbroken#workinprogess#grateful#blessedbeyondbelief#yourenotalone
08.12.2018 20:56:02
Aimlessly wandering through the cobblestone streets of Porto feels a lot like fa
Aimlessly wandering through the cobblestone streets of Porto feels a lot like falling in love. It took less than a year for Portugal to leave a profound mark on my heart and spirit. It’s true that in just a short time I will move on to new cities, friends, and experiences. However, it wasn’t until I set foot in this magical country that I have lived somewhere that I truly felt as though I belong. In my mind, Portugal is not a place. It’s a living breathing entity. It’s a beautiful dancing energy full of life and dreams and possibilities. It’s outstretched arms welcoming me into a warm embrace that feels like home. It’s somewhere I can never truly leave because I always carry it with me. Have any of you ever felt that where you belong is a world away from where you were born? #porto#foodforthesoul#belonging#globalcitizen#portugalovers#travelgirl#lovewhereyoulive#ladiesgoneglobal#homeawayfromhome
01.12.2018 02:21:01
Brought in the Christmas 🎄 season right with this lovely lady 😘. The St. Nicolas
Brought in the Christmas 🎄 season right with this lovely lady 😘. The St. Nicolas festival began in Guimarães when the city’s famous Chapel of St. Nicolas was built in 1664 😱. Now drummers parade down the streets all night long and bulls haul a grand tree to be put up in the middle of town square. The energy last night was INFECTIOUS and we were both so grateful to be a part of this wonderful Portuguese tradition. I love this city 😍 #christmasvibes#stnicolas#guimaraes#smilesfordays#christmaslights#magic#drumming#bringontheholidays#christmascheer
30.11.2018 12:59:45
Today was my most spontaneous and unconventional Thanksgiving to date 🦃💕😘 Missin
Today was my most spontaneous and unconventional Thanksgiving to date 🦃💕😘 Missing my family and delicious food, but just look at these VIEWS 😍 What even is this place?? Feeling like a fluffy pink princess in a fairytale land 👸🏼💕🏰 I have officially reached my true form 😂 #hellyeah#dreamsdocometrue#thanksgiving#sortof#adventuring#princessgoals#ladiesgoneglobal#love#portugal#loveeveryday#fantasyland#alwaysthankful#gratefulheart
22.11.2018 19:37:16
Walking the streets of Guimarães feels a bit surreal. As one of Portugal’s oldes
Walking the streets of Guimarães feels a bit surreal. As one of Portugal’s oldest cities and its cultural capital, it gives you a taste of the Medieval era in a modern day world. Though it is often overlooked as a tourist destination in comparison to cities like Lisbon and Porto, that makes it all the more charming. When you’re here you’re not just another face in a mob of tourists. In this sleepy little town bursting with beauty, you’re experiencing Portuguese culture and history in it’s purest form. Needless to say, I’m grateful to spend the day losing myself in this magical place. #beautybeyondwords#portugal#castlefest#exploring#theunknown#offthebeatenpath#hiddentreasures#solofemaletraveler#ladiesgoneglobal
21.11.2018 21:08:58
When you try to pose pretty for a 📸 but your true self comes shining through ins
When you try to pose pretty for a 📸 but your true self comes shining through instead. You will always catch me with this big goofy grin plastered across my face because I know at my core how profoundly blessed I am. To have people and places all over the world that feel like home is more than I could’ve ever asked for. Thank you to all of you who have come into my life for a long or short time and brought your light. May you end every day loving life as much as I was in this moment. I adore every last one of you 💕#happyascanbe#whatismylife#travelblogger#southeastasia#lovinglife#solofemaletraveler#smilesformiles#explore#thailand#livingthedream#gratefulheart
16.11.2018 18:36:18
No makeup, no filter, just pure joy and contentment. I don’t know what I did to
No makeup, no filter, just pure joy and contentment. I don’t know what I did to deserve all of these blessings in my life but my heart is so grateful for them each and every day. The last couple years have been emotionally challenging for me, but I’m so glad they brought me here. I’ve never felt more at peace in my life and within myself than I do at this moment.
14.11.2018 12:48:28
After a long week and a half of jungle trekking and endlessly injuring myself on
After a long week and a half of jungle trekking and endlessly injuring myself on a motorbike it feels good to kick back and float in the ocean. Especially when it looks like this 😍🏝💕 Island living makes my soul so happy 😌 #explore#krabi#solofemaletravel#islandgirl#sirena 🧜🏼‍♀️ #wheresmymargarita#kickingback#livingitup
12.11.2018 10:15:03
If you didn’t almost fall over and die roughly a billion times on a motorbike du
If you didn’t almost fall over and die roughly a billion times on a motorbike during a torrential downpour with no practical rain gear or helmet getting to Wat Prabath Phu Pha Dang, then did you even really go? Maybe you did; I can’t say really. But my chaotic and injury-prone journey to these heavenly temples in the sky was equally if not more enriching than this heart-stoppingly beautiful place itself. I’m no stranger to motorbike rides through the rainforest, but only in the passenger seat so to speak. Today, I made the decision to “let faith be bigger than fear” and plunge headfirst into the unknown. I was terrified to ride through congested traffic; I hopped on the bike anyway. I toppled over with the entire thing landing square on top of me with a group of strangers watching; I got up and started again anyway. I thought about turning back and going home when the rain drops hitting my face felt far more like daggers poking away at my skin; I kept a smile on my face and continued riding anyway. With all the bumps, bruises, scrapes, and drenched clothes I’m coming home with one might look at me and think ‘Oh, you poor thing!’ When, in fact, this was by far one of the happiest days of my life. This is what we’re all here for, isn’t it? To grow and to struggle and to push ourselves regardless of our fears or how other people might see us. This is living. No, not because I can take Instagramable photos and show off to all of you, far from it. Today I was given the chance to push past my boundaries and get one step closer to becoming the woman I want to be, and that is what I am most grateful for. #girlsthatwander#sheisnotlost#wearetravelgirls#travelbucketlistgirls#solofemaletraveler#femaletravelcollective
09.11.2018 15:54:43
After haggling endlessly with a bus driver and almost throwing in the towel alto
After haggling endlessly with a bus driver and almost throwing in the towel altogether, I can definitely say that Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was worth the trek. Nestled in the mountains overlooking Chiang Mai lies a golden temple with views of the valley that put any other in the city to shame. Today I got to experience my fourth continent with my beloved friend Emily in the breathtaking beauty that was this place. Now onto the next adventure... 🚞⛩🖼 #inawe#ladiesgoneglobal#beautifulworld#wheretonext#solofemaletraveler#bringontheblessings#itchyfeet#nextstop#lampang#thailand 🇹🇭
07.11.2018 00:45:13
Nine years and many many life experiences later, I was reunited with my lovely f
Nine years and many many life experiences later, I was reunited with my lovely friend and kindred spirit Suparada (aka Lettuce). I feel as though I got to experience the real Bangkok today, the good and the bad. We crammed ourselves on too-tight busses and boats, aimlessly exploring the city and loving every moment of it. We almost got scammed at the Grand Palace 🙄. I tried food from Northeastern Thailand so spicy that it made my eyes well up with tears. We talked about the royal family and political situation in Thailand, Trump (of course), what feminism is all about, and the impact of “PC culture” in the United States. Thank you Lettuce, for your amazing company and showing me an authentic representation of life in Thailand. I am so grateful 💕#touristing#bangkok#therealthailand#solofemaletravel#firsttimeinasia#spontaneous#noguidebookneeded#friendsforlife
05.11.2018 18:59:18
I am incredibly honored to have conducted my first interview for my solo female
I am incredibly honored to have conducted my first interview for my solo female travelers blog The Wanderess Chronicles with the always impressive and insightful @_jmarietravels. This courageous woman of the world shines in more ways than one, namely her tirelessly warm and loving spirit. Her story of love, loss, and the lessons she has learned along the way as a solo female traveler moved me to my core, and I felt a responsibility to share it with all of you. Please click the link in my bio to see my interview with the brilliant travel blogger Jasmine Thurston. #solofemaletraveler#love#loss#lessons#healing#womenoftheworld#fearlessfemales#vulnerability#courage#speakingyourtruth
25.10.2018 19:14:59
Falling in love 🍁💕😍 The back country of Nova Scotia is just beautiful beyond wor
Falling in love 🍁💕😍 The back country of Nova Scotia is just beautiful beyond words. I haven’t been back here since I was little and honestly it’s more magical to me than ever. Feeling pure peace and serenity 😌
21.10.2018 17:00:51
Dear Christine Blasey Ford,

Thank you for speaking your truth and, in effect, g
Dear Christine Blasey Ford, Thank you for speaking your truth and, in effect, giving me the courage to speak mine. #metoo It pains me to admit that it would take me a minute to count the number of men I’ve given myself to mentally and physically. It hurts even more to know there are several I have forgotten entirely. It hurts the most that after those experiences I’ve accepted unspeakable sexual and mental abuse because deep down I don’t believe I’m pure enough to be considered a victim, even in my own mind. Now when I simply go on a date, kiss, or even talk to a guy it feels dirty. I feel dirty. Because I’m letting them in. I’m letting yet another man chip away a part of me when, honestly, I don’t have any more pieces left to give. Sometimes I wish I could throw away the past and become a new me. A girl who didn’t crave so much validation. A girl who didn’t burn every bridge from fear of rejection. A girl who without a shadow of a doubt knew her worth. But beyond my scars, who am I really? I am an ambitious, loving, and free-spirited beam of light. I’m a force to be reckoned with, a dreamer. I’m forever learning, forever evolving, and full of life. I’m a beautiful, courageous, and gloriously authentic work in progress. While my past is indeed a part of me, it in no way encompasses who I am or who I’m meant to be. I’ve had my trials and tribulations. I’ve gone through my phases. I’ve been my own worst enemy. Yet in spite of it all here I am with the nerve to accept all that is me. I forgive myself for not giving the self-love I needed so desperately. I forgive myself for accepting less than I deserve. I forgive myself for not being the girl I wished I could be. And honestly, thank God I’m not her and she’s not me. Because she’s a fantasy and I’m real as can be.
03.10.2018 16:49:43
After rolling past towering evergreen mountaintops dotted with golden Aspens tod
After rolling past towering evergreen mountaintops dotted with golden Aspens today, I will never see home the same way again. 10 years later I’m finally back in my favorite part of Colorado and I’m blissful as can be. What have I done to deserve being witness to this kind of heart-stopping beauty? Life is way too good. 🤩💕🏞 #purehappiness#homeawayfromhome#luckygirl#coloradolife#nofear#adventuring#girlswhotravel#naturalbeauty#livingmybestlife#thisviewtho
16.09.2018 01:40:16
Woke up at oh-my-god:30 to hike up and see the sun rise over the crimson horizon
Woke up at oh-my-god:30 to hike up and see the sun rise over the crimson horizon of Arches National Park. I’ve been coming here since I was young, but this time Moab sparked a bit of magic in me. Something about the sandstone and the rising sun in Utah has brought me one step closer to making peace with the past and diving headfirst into the present. Long held grudges don’t matter and the only words on my mind are peace and gratitude. I’m thankful for every lesson that brought me here and continue to guide me toward where I’m meant to be. #selfreflection#sunrise#hike#beautifulworld#tooblessedtobestressed#grateful#rawbeauty#archesnationalpark#moab#utah#girlswhotravel#travelgirl#foreverwandering#wanderess
04.09.2018 13:44:23
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