Reader Escapes: Carolyn's Solo Fijian Adventure

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Name: Carolyn
Location: Fiji
Link: Mango Bay
Description: In between working on a losing gubernatorial campaign and finally finishing college, I took a few months in 2007 to visit friends and family scattered throughout Asia and the South Pacific. I never felt so lucky being unemployed and without a degree than at the tail end of my trip which I ended with a week in Fiji by myself...

En route from the Nadi airport to the "eco resort" I'd booked sight unseen online a few hours before leaving Sydney, I fell asleep in the rickety 15 passenger van (which, at best, held eight comfortably, but managed to fit seventeen PLUS a driver) only to be awakened by a screech of the brakes - we'd stopped for a few cows to cross the road. The four hour ride was marked by interruptions of cows, horses and even a few dogs, and not having seen any building in the light, I really began to wonder what I'd gotten myself into.

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As my months-long vacation dwindled to an end, I snorkled with turtles -- really big ones, like the guys from Finding Nemo! -- ate roasted coconut, took boat rides, had a hot stone massage that changed my life, I swear, and managed to wake up every morning covered in more mosquito bites and humidity-laced sweat than I'd ever dreamed possible. One afternoon the owner of the fantastic resort offered a seat in his van up to "town" in an attempt to outrun an oncoming monsoon. As Fiji was, at the time, amidst a military coup, I somehow managed to find myself in a photo call with the delightful military troops at a checkpoint before the rains hit. Evidently the Fijian military hadn't had bullets in their guns for twenty years, and the two-month old coup had originally been rescheduled twice to the conflict of an all-important soccer match.

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Despite snapping a mere twelve pictures before my camera conked out for good -- thanks again, humidity -- it was worth it, traveling alone in a paradise with my memories to prove it.

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