The rise of women in solo travel.
Solo travel has become increasingly popular in recent years, and women are leading the charge when it comes to exploring the world on their own. While it can be daunting to travel solo, especially as a woman, the benefits of doing so are numerous.
Throughout history, many women have embarked on solo travel adventures, defying gender norms and inspiring others to do the same. Here are a few notable female solo travelers who have left their mark on the world:
Nellie Bly: In 1889, Nellie Bly set out on a solo trip around the world, inspired by the book "Around the World in Eighty Days." She completed the journey in just 72 days, setting a new record and paving the way for female travel writers.
Gertrude Bell: Gertrude Bell was an adventurer, archaeologist, and political officer who traveled extensively in the Middle East during the early 20th century. She was one of the first Westerners to explore the Arabian desert and played a significant role in shaping the borders of modern-day Iraq.
Isabella Bird: Isabella Bird was a Victorian-era traveler and writer who explored the world on her own in the late 1800s. She traveled to places such as Australia, India, and the United States, documenting her adventures in a series of bestselling books.
Cheryl Strayed: In 1995, Cheryl Strayed embarked on a solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, hiking over 1,000 miles from California to Oregon. Her memoir "Wild" details her journey and has since been turned into a popular film.
Rosie Gabrielle: Rosie Gabrielle is a Canadian solo traveler who has documented her travels to countries such as Pakistan, Iran, and India on social media. Her travels have inspired many and have shown the world the beauty of these often misunderstood destinations.
These women and many others have shown that solo travel is not only possible but can be a life-changing experience. They have inspired countless others to follow in their footsteps and explore the world on their own terms.
Why Solo Travel is on the Rise Now.
There are many reasons why solo travel has become more popular, particularly among women. One of the most significant factors is the increased accessibility of travel. Flights are more affordable than ever before, and with the rise of social media and online travel resources, it's easier than ever to plan a trip and connect with other travelers. The amount of friends I have made online that are also explorers, has been amazing!
Another factor is the desire for independence and personal growth. Traveling solo can be an empowering experience that allows people to step outside their comfort zones, challenge themselves, and learn more about who they are. Additionally, solo travel allows women to create their own itineraries and explore destinations on their own terms.
Tips for Women Traveling Solo
If you're considering traveling solo, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip and stay safe:
Do your research: Before you book your trip, research your destination thoroughly. Look for information on local customs, transportation, and safety concerns.
Stay connected: Make sure someone back home knows your itinerary and check in with them regularly. It's also a good idea to stay connected with other travelers you meet along the way.
Trust your instincts: If something doesn't feel right, trust your gut and remove yourself from the situation.
Be prepared: Pack smart and be prepared for unexpected situations, such as lost luggage or medical emergencies.
Embrace the experience: Remember that solo travel is all about personal growth and exploring the world on your own terms. Embrace the experience and enjoy every moment.
Solo travel can be a transformative experience, and it's no wonder that more women are taking the leap and exploring the world on their own. When I took off for a 5 week jet set experience to southeast Asia on my own, I wasn't sure what to expect. However I learned that with the right preparation and mindset, solo travel can be safe, empowering, and rewarding. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or just starting out, consider embarking on a solo adventure and discovering all that the world has to offer.
Do you have a solo traveling story you'd like to share? Or have been on the fence about taking the plunge? I'd love to hear about it!