As a former Disney Cast Member, I felt compelled to write something about the recent layoffs that have affected a huge portion of people that I love and care deeply about.

The collective heartbreak, anguish, and despair that has resulted from 28,000 layoffs across two of its properties is unconceivable to even string into words.

However, it’s in situations of sadness and unprecedented times that the value of community is more important than ever.

Learning to reflect on your positive experiences, professional skillsets gained, and the incredible mentors and leaders who were part of your true family in this company…


A few days ago, I turned 30.

I’ve never been one to make a big deal out of my birthday, but I thought it would be appropriate to assemble a list of things I’ve learned in the past decade of my life.

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The naive, uncertain person I was at age 20 is starkly different from the woman I’ve grown into now, and that was to be expected.

Like others, my 20s were the most pivotal part of my career, self-growth, and maturity. …


One of the main reasons why some (especially women) tend to shy away from solo travel is because of close friendships cultivated back home.

“I’ll lose touch with my friends and they won’t remember me!”

Um, no. That’s not how it goes. It’s a two-way street, and a friendship doesn’t work unless both of you put in the concentrated effort.

Here are some of my personal thoughts on friendship in relation to long-term travel.

BFF: The Acronym Says it All, Best Friends Forever

Most girls have a BFF growing up (or two, three, or a million, depending on your zip code). My BFF is Victoria, my wonderful soul sister…


When I was 13, I wasn’t thinking about traveling the world or being a writer.

At this age, I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. Mid-8th grade through mid-freshman year of high school, my life turned upside down and became something that I felt so far removed from.

In honour of last month (May) being Mental Health Month, I wanted to shed more insight on the stigma behind mental health in relation to travel, success, and life in general.

I’ve found that being open about my struggles has allowed me to connect so much more with my audience, as well as…


The only reason I have full use of both of my arms (and am not in debt) today is thanks to New Zealand’s incredible healthcare system.

I’m an avid hiker and have been hiking around the world alone for the past 6 years. However, last winter was the first time I ever scored a major injury.

It was supposed to be a normal hike to the picturesque Lake Marian, about 30 min. drive from Milford Sound. It was a 3-hour return trek through forest and rocky terrain, but definitely not a difficult hike.

Certainly not difficult enough to involve a…

Debbi Shibuya

Solo female travel blogger with an insatiable appetite, passion for hiking around the world, and an irreplaceable love for Corgis and Star Wars.

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