Jaimee Ratliff
Jaimee Ratliff is a communications professional, writer, traveler and passionate advocate for living a life you love. When she is not dreaming up plans for her next international adventure, she can be found in Houston, Texas writing up a storm over at her travel and inspirational blog, This Way North. Her writing has appeared in Brazen Careerist (a Forbes top 100 career website), Black Enterprise, Chicago Tribune, Business Insider and Ragan Communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the illustrious Spelman College and is the author of Party of One: An Inspirational Guide to Letting Go of Fear and Loving Solo Travel.

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Entries by Jaimee Ratliff

Finding Stillness on Lake Austin

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 12:32 PM

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28 ans... 28 leçons sur la vie, le travail et les relations humaines

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 6:18 PM

À 15 ans, je voulais en avoir 16. A 17 ans, j'étais folle d'impatience d'avoir un an de plus pour passer mon permis. Et en soufflant les bougies de mon 20e anniversaire, je savais que, dans 12 petits mois, j'aurais enfin 21 ans, majeure [aux...

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28 Things I Now Know About Life, Work and Relationships at 28

(18) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 12:52 PM

At 15, I wanted to be 16. And when 17 hit, I couldn't wait to be an 18-year-old licensed driver. While I blew out the candles on my 20th birthday cake, in the back of my mind, I knew that in 12 more months, I'd finally be 21, legal and...

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7 Things to Love About Guatemala

(9) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 3:15 PM


I absolutely adore Guatemala.

And as I click through pictures from my recent adventure in the Central American country, I'm reminded exactly why that is.

My experience around the country unfurls each time I replay the photos: providing vivid memories and putting...

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Acapulco: Go for the Beach, Stay for the Food

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 9:32 PM

If you're looking for my appetite, you can find it in Mexico: on a spoon sitting in a big empty red bowl once filled with pozole rojo.

I slurped my way to the end of that goodness brimming with zest from guajillo chile and ancient origins in a mere fifteen...

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What Hiking Mount Batur Taught Me About the Journey of Life

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 1:20 AM


The day I hiked Mount Batur was the best day I had in Bali.

Standing at 5,633 feet, Batur is an active volcano in Batur Village with its last eruption happening in 2000.

A few of us at the yoga retreat agreed the...

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The Problem With Being 'Lucky'

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 5:34 PM

It's time to stop calling people lucky.

According to Webster, "luck" is defined as the things that happen to a person because of chance or the accidental way things happen without being planned. And let's just be honest; at one point or another, we've all referred to someone...

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여성 15명의 여행담 '홀로 떠난 여행이 나를 변화시켰다'

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 4:25 PM

"군중을 따르는 여성은 보통 군중이 가는 곳까지만 간다. 혼자 걷는 여성은 아무도 가본 적 없는 곳에 가 있는 경우가 많다." - 알버트 아인슈타인

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Solo Travel Changed Me: 15 Women Share How

(30) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 3:09 PM

"The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before." Albert Einstein

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A Colorful Look Behind the Doors of Dublin

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 6:47 PM


I didn't realize how excitable I can really get about the simplest things until I went to Ireland. One of my favorite sights-and there's plenty of them-are Dublin's colorful architectural collection of doors sprawling throughout the city. I could have easily spent hours...

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Postcards From Dublin: St. Patrick's Day in the Georgian City

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:10 PM

I came. I saw. I went green on St. Patrick's Day. Smack dab in the center of Dublin to be exact. Tri-colored Viking helmet and all.



Lively, colorful and rich -- with a...

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7 Tips for Finding Your Passion

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 8:28 AM

"Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now."

Passion finding has been the topic of several conversations with friends recently and is a clear reminder that many of us will reach a point in...

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That Time I Slept in a Tree House and Went Zip Lining (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:20 AM

"You mean, now I'm actually supposed to glide my body off of this platform to the other side all the way over there?!"

Although I never actually wrote it down in a journal, taped it on my bathroom mirror or chanted it out loud three times a day, this year...

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First Time Traveling Solo? Here's What You Need to Know About Safety

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:10 PM


Ah, the most complex question about traveling alone: Is traveling solo safe?

And, if it is actually safe, what are ways that you can ensure your safety when you're on the road?

After I wrote about why you should travel solo...

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15 façons d'être plus heureux en 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Nouvelle année. Plus de bonheur.

Je n'ai jamais adhéré à la folie des résolutions de fin d'année et je ne crois pas que la poursuite d'un but ne puisse être entamée avant le premier de l'an. C'est peut-être la perfectionniste en moi qui parle. Je suis pour le cheminement personnel,...

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9 Things That Make Maui Irresistible (In Photos)

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 1:33 PM

I've been missing Maui a lot lately. Like a lot, lot. From the simplicity of lazing around being a beach bum to the incredible beauty of Hawaii's second largest island, nostalgia is definitely an understatement.

Beach vacation now, please!

I started missing Maui so much I began looking at old...

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Why You Don't Need a lot of Money to Travel

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 11:13 AM


Note: Since I originally wrote this article, I have booked a flight from Dallas to Dubai for 300 bucks using a resource mentioned below.

I often hear people say the reason they don't travel as much as they would like is because...

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새해에 더 행복해지는 방법 15

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 3:55 PM

우리 모두 새해에는 더 행복해지기를 바란다.

나는 '새해가 되면 꼭 실천하겠어'라는 식으로 생각하지 않는다. 물론 성취욕이 강한 탓일 수도 있다. 지금 당장 운동이나 건강한 식생활 또 가족과의 시간으로 행복해질 수 있는데, 왜 꼭 때를 기다렸다가 시작해야 할까?

아래 소개하는 항목들은 궁극적으로 우리가 모두 원하는 것, 즉 행복에 대한 내용이다. 나쁜...

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Why You Should Travel Solo At Least Once

(30) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 10:50 AM


"Don't be scared to walk alone. Don't be scared to like it." John Mayer

Three years ago, you couldn't pay me to travel anywhere by myself, and getting on a plane to go abroad solo was definitely out of the question.


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15 formas de ser más feliz en 2015

(3) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Año nuevo. Y un yo más feliz.

Nunca he sido una gran fan de las listas de propósitos de Año Nuevo locos y no creo en eso de perseguir objetivos que se pueden cumplir antes del primer día del año. Quizás está hablando esa parte demasiado exigente de mí. Me...

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