Jessica Dawdy

Jessica Dawdy

I'm a freelance travel writer

With more than five years of experience writing and publishing travel content, I have an eye for the stories that educate and engage readers.

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Awesome Destinations for Your First Solo Trip

I’m a firm believer that everyone should try traveling solo at some point in their lives. You may have plenty of friends and family members who make for wonderful travel …...

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Teaching Abroad and TEFL Courses: What You Need to Know

Google “TEFL Certificate” and you’ll find yourself completely overwhelmed with different options. Prices for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language ) certifications range from a few hundred to a …...

Tourist Scams I've Fallen For (And How to Avoid Them)

Tourist Scams I've Fallen For (And How to Avoid The...

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How to Rock Stockholm on a Budget

I ended up in Stockholm on a serendipitous layover, which I decided to extend for a few days. Although I went there with almost no expectations, I would now rank …...

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How Travel Really Can Help Your Career

How Travel Really Can Help Your Career

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A First Time Thailand Itinerary

I’ll be honest: Before I went to Thailand, I just kind of imagined it as one big beach. The reality is that Thailand is just about as diverse as a …...

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Packing for Southeast Asia: What to Bring and What to Leave at Home

Packing for any trip is often more challenging than it initially seems. You don’t want to drag around more luggage than you actually need, but it’s also frustrating to manage …...

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Introducing TST's New Writer: Jessica Dawdy

It’s a brave new world for Twenty-Something Travel and I am already loving my two new staff writers and the terrific ideas they have. At the start of the month …...

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How to Climb Mount Fuji

When I was getting ready to summit Mount Fuji, it seemed like every Japanese person I knew had a story of an unprepared tourist shivering in a T-shirt in below freezing temperatures, or vomiting with altitude sickness after trying to sprint up the mountain in a few short hours...

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Long-Term Travel and Skincare: How to Take Your Routine on the Road

When Brent and I first started talking about traveling for a year, I’m a little embarrassed to reveal one of the first potential problems that occurred to me: It wasn’t …...

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Gibraltar: The Surprising Truth About ‘the Rock’

One of the major selling points for my house sit in Spain was finding out that the home was only a short bus ride away from Gibraltar. Aside from some …...

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A Beginner's Guide to Thai Food

Brent had visited Thailand before he and I came together, and had told me stories of Thai cuisine that were the stuff of food fantasies: Dishes filled with fresh herbs …...

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The Highs and Lows of My First Housesitting Experience

Staying in another country for free and cuddling cute pets? House sitting seems like kind of a dream gig from the outside, but what is it actually like to move …...

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Simple Ways to Make Travel Cheaper in Japan

Japan is one of my favorite countries in the world. The food is exotic enough to satisfy adventurous eaters, yet mild enough not to scare off those who are pickier. …...

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Reverse Culture Shock and the Truth About Coming Home After Traveling

My new job with came as the perfect solution to a problem Brent and I had been struggling with for the past few months: He was ready to move …...