After her divorce, this woman chose to 'date the world' and travel

LourveCourtesy Jolene JordaanPeaking at the Louvre in Paris.

When Jolene Jordaan got divorced a few years ago, she ventured into the world of online dating. When that proved unsuccessful, she ventured out into the world itself.

“I said, ‘I’ll bet you that if I could just stop online dating for a second, and go out and travel and meet people and open my eyes and experience new things, I could find myself and get to a better place,'” she said.

Jordaan, 38, is no stranger to crossing oceans. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, her family moved to Irvine, California, when she was a teenager. She’s still based there, and owns JB Marketing, an advertising agency.

Jordaan felt lost after her divorce.

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On an eight-hour train ride through Belgium.

'I was with him for almost 10 years, and I found myself suddenly alone, and I had no idea who I was as an individual,' she said.

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'Just me, Tuscany, and the world.'

She threw herself into online dating, but found it disappointing and unfulfilling. So she decided to 'date the world' instead.

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In Florence, Italy.

'When you're online dating, you're being vulnerable and you're opening yourself up to rejection,' she said. 'When you're travelling, you're being vulnerable, but you're opening yourself up to really good things, so you can only come back feeling better.'

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On the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

In pursuit of this redemptive power, Jordaan travelled to Tuscany.

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Le Palaie Winery and Peccioli in Tuscany.

'The moment I landed is when I realised, 'Wow, I need to figure out how to be courageous,'' she said. 'After you've been through a really hard time, sometimes you don't have that self-esteem.'

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Samples from a private wine tasting in Tuscany.

Slowly, travel began to work its restorative magic. She decided to drive through Tuscany, and ended up in Volterra.

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The hills of Volterra in the Tuscany region of Italy.

'You walk through 100-year-old buildings, and all you can hear are chimes from the church going off, a little bit of chatter from people in the background at a restaurant,' she said. 'It's incredible just to sit there and see everything around you.'

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The beautiful Italian skyline at dusk.

After Italy, Jordaan visited England, Germany, France, and Amsterdam.

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The sparkling Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

At the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Jordaan connected with a featured quote from Frank's diary: 'Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.'

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In front of the Anne Frank House.

Sometimes when you're going through a really hard time, you forget to focus on the good,' she said. 'Standing there and reading a quote from somebody who was in such a bad place -- if she can think that way, I can think that way.'

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Inside the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Indeed, since she began travelling, Jordaan said she's never been better.

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Peaking at the Louvre in Paris.

'My heart has never been so full, and I feel so healed and so aware of the good things that surround me,' she said.

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A steaming cup of Italian coffee goes perfectly with flaky pastries.

Even better, Jordaan found that 'dating the world' has helped with dating other people.

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The Pont des Arts bridge featuring 'love locks' in France.

'You date how you feel,' she said, 'so if you're feeling bad, you're not going to date the right people. If you're feeling good, you're going to attract (good) people. The more I travelled, the better I felt, and the more better-quality people started coming back into my life.'

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Making new friends in Venice.

Still, she considers her travels 'the best dating experience of my life.'

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On the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

'The best place you can put your heart after you've had so much pain through divorce, and the safest place to put it, is in travelling, because you won't be disappointed, you'll leave happier, you'll feel richer, and most importantly, you have control and your power back,' she said.

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In front of a phone booth in London.

Next on her itinerary, Jordaan plans to visit more of the United States, stopping in Maryland and Washington, D.C., before returning to South Africa to visit family and friends.

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In Austin, Texas.

She's already been to New York, where she went ice skating in Central Park and dodged cargo ships while jet skiing on the Hudson, which she described as 'petrifying and terrifying and amazing all at the same time.'

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Splashing around the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

She hopes to make it to Spain and Australia next year.

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She's aiming to get to Spain's La Tomatina Tomato Throwing Festival.

'Travelling brings back a power, it brings back a love to your life,' she said. 'You just leave the past behind. I feel like I've unlocked a door to endless adventures and nobody holds the key to that but myself.'

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Hitting the streets in Florence.

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