Welcome to the solo female travel community! On this page, you will find a number of articles to help you overcome your fears to travel solo. You’ll see posts containing my best advice from my experience traveling solo for 2 years and counting. I’ve also included my experiences quitting my job to pursue travel along with fun travel stories of facing my own fears. But you won’t just hear from me, because while I’d like to go everywhere, that just hasn’t happened yet! So I enlist the help of fellow solo female travelers to provide additional inspiration!
Once again, welcome and know that you’ve joined a legit community of solo female travelers!
Start Your Solo Female Travel Journey Here
The ultimate guide to fearless solo female travel has everything you need to know before taking off on your travels. It’s the perfect starting place!
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Build Confidence for Your Solo Female Travel Journey
This post details my personal journey of getting comfortable being alone. I discuss how two post-college cross country moves helped me learn independence, be confident walking into a room where I didn’t know anyone, and ultimately prepared me for solo travel.
Now, you don’t have to move across the country in order to feel prepared to travel. You can start right in your hometown. The more you can get comfortable doing things alone while at home, the more confidence you will have on the road. This post has a full list of activities you can do at home, alone, to prepare you for solo travel.
I definitely tiptoed into this solo travel journey. The biggest thing I’ve realized is how far my comfort zone has expanded since that first trip. I hope the post below helps you realize that we all start somewhere. You may see where I am now and think “I could never do that”, but you can and you don’t have to rush it. Take it at your own pace and read below to see where I started.
Solo Travel Safety Tips & Advice
While there are certainly locations that require a bit of extra safety precaution, I am a firm believer that the world is a mostly safe place for women to travel. Yet, it would be naive not to address the safety concerns that arise when discussing solo female travel. A fellow solo traveler and travel blogger wrote this great post filled with wise solo travel safety tips.
That being said, I’ve definitely broken a number of these solo travel safety rules. It’s all situation dependent and I will never break this one safety rule that underlies all of them. I’ll tell you what that is in this post below (coming soon…)
I remember reaching out to two friends from college who were solo traveling the world and asking them a litany of questions. Everything from what to pack to what to do about my period. So, I did the same thing recently, gathering advice from those ladies and other solo travelers I met through social media and on the road. We compiled this great article filled with advice for first-time solo travelers. There is a community of us out here! You are not alone!
Helpful Posts for Planning Your First Solo Trip
Ireland and Iceland typically make the list of best places for first time solo female travelers. And while Ireland was mine, it wasn’t because it was on a list. It was because I’d dreamed of going there forever. I’ve been wanting to put together a list of the best solo travel destinations, but I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on the list! So, I reached out to the awesome female travel blogging community to gather their recommendations for the best places to visit solo. I encouraged more offbeat and uncommon destinations. Because as much as I love Ireland, there are so many places to see! Here are there recommendations.
I’m not quite a whiz at travel hacking or finding the cheapest flights. There are plenty of bloggers out there who specialize in that. I am not one. I specialize in helping you feel confident and secure on your solo travels. Finding appropriate accommodation is usually the second step after finding the cheapest flight. I had no idea what I was doing when I first started booking hostels and overpaid quite a few times. Over countless hostel stays I’ve fine tuned my decision making process and look for key factors before booking. You can read more about how to book a hostel in this post.
I was on a bit more of a budget traveling through Europe, especially because Europe, specifically Western Europe, is more expensive than South America, which is where I started my year long travels. I’d heard and read quite a bit about Couchsurfing as a way to save money and get a better feel for the less touristic side of cities. So I went for it. I successfully, and safely, Couchsurfed in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Budapest. Read more about that below!
Quitting My Job to Travel Solo
I do not regret for one minute quitting my job to travel. It was scary as hell. I’m still scared about the fact that I don’t have a career anymore. But, I don’t regret it. Here’s the process I experienced to arrive at my decision to leave my career for solo travel.
It is not necessary to quit your job to travel solo. It is not necessary to totally uproot your life to travel solo. But, it’s what I did. I was miserable in my career and had a burning desire to see the world. If this is the route you are considering going, make sure to consider these vital factors before quitting.
I ended my 20s with a bang. At 30 years old, I quit my job and decided to travel and blog about it. I had no idea what I was doing, and most days I still don’t. This is what was going on in my head during that time.
Stories of Overcoming Fear Through Solo Female Travel
Before I start sharing stories of how various travel experiences have helped me face my fears, I first want to share this post about how I overcame my fears to leave my job and travel. This post is very practical. You can use this process to overcome your own fears so you can pursue your travel dreams.
The first time I had to overcome fear was when I went surfing in Costa Rica. While attempting to catch my first real wave of the week, I bailed and broke my surfboard. I had two choices to make, get a new board and try again or call it a day. I bet you can guess which decision I made.
I told myself I was going to Paraglide in Lima, Peru. I even made room in the budget for it. I chickened out my first time in Lima. But on my second visit, the very last day, hours before my flight to Mexico, I took flight. Read on to experience the exhilaration with me.