18 Amazing Women Inspiring Solo Travel

Women are leading the way by travelling the world solo. If you’ve ever wanted to travel alone here are some amazing women who’ll inspire you to just do it.

Arunima from Namaste, Solo Travel

I have been travelling solo for almost 6 years now. I come from a culture and upbringing where travelling was a luxury, and the concept of solo travel (especially for women) was alien to me. I travelled solo for the first time basically to relocate to Spain for my PhD. After having never left India before, at the age of 25, I found myself in Europe and utterly alone. 

After a particularly homesick week in Spain, I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself. I told myself ‘You know what I am just going to travel alone and I will do it on a budget.” AND, I DID. And, it was the smartest decision of my life ever! (Yup, more than getting a PhD). 

I soon realised that I loved travelling solo, I loved the independence and the reliance on only myself and no one. I did travel a couple of times with people. I learned quickly that I cannot be bothered with constant company, and craved solitude. So, unsurprisingly, all my best memories are from my solo travels.  

I also do understand that solo travel isn’t for anyone. So, if you are still hesitant to take your first solo trip, my advice would be to start with a weekend getaway nearby and see if you enjoy it. If you do, you can start planning longer trips to further off places. 

By 2018, I had been to all six habitable continents. I travel with an Indian passport, which is one of the weakest, and with a weak currency. I have gone through countless visa applications, discrimination at immigration points/border checks, outright racism and white men mansplaining me that there isn’t exactly anything to be proud of for travelling solo. All of this has simply made me want to solo travel more. 

Lastly, over the years, I couldn’t help but notice that there is a serious dearth of female travel bloggers of colour. I found few blogs that I could actually find relatable. So, last year, I started Namaste, Solo Travel!  With the aim to prove and educate that coloured women from developing countries too can travel solo if they dare dream so. 

Rebecca from Rayner En Route

I’m not really sure how I began my solo-travel adventure considering that growing up I never really travelled much at all. The first time I even really went to another country was on a trip to Paris for my 21st birthday. But somewhere, after graduating university the travel bug bit me hard.
Little trips with friends every now and then didn’t get the urge to wander out of my system, so I started booking trips by myself. Being from the UK, it’s super easy for me to travel around Europe, so that’s where I began. I went off exploring the wonders of Scandinavia, the incredible food of Italy and the history of eastern Europe.

These small adventures helped me gain confidence in myself to take on some bigger adventures. I’ve since volunteered in Kenya, worked at a summer camp in America and backpacked Mexico solo. The freedom you have as a solo traveller also means you’ll never have to compromise on your itinerary, your bedtime or your dinner. 

Travelling solo is awesome for so many reasons. You learn to rely on yourself, to build up your skillset to be adaptable in any situation and to make friends wherever you go.
For first-time solo travellers who maybe are a little anxious, my biggest tip is to start small and test the waters somewhere not drastically far from home and that won’t overwhelm you with culture shock. 

Ease yourself into it, see what you like and what you don’t like and learn from the experience. Then you’ll be ready to tackle some bigger solo trips knowing that you are confident about travelling alone. 

Now as I transition into a different stage in my life, going from being a single gal to in a relationship, I still work solo-travel into my life. Never let anything get in your way if exploring the world and following your own path is what you truly desire.

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Mikaela from Voyageur Tripper

I fell into solo traveling unintentionally and unconventionally. It started in 2014 when I lived in Chicoutimi, Quebec for five weeks to take a French language immersion. With barely a lick of French in an exclusively francophone community, I was forced to get out and meet new people.

The following summer I chased a dream to Nunavut, Canada’s high arctic and made it my home for four months. When looking back at this incredible experience, I often forget how lonely I was those first few weeks until I built up the courage to get out in the community and make some friends.

The solo adventuring continued. My first trip to a foreign country was to Costa Rica. I spent two days alone in San Jose and then met a group for a 5 day rafting trip. Although I was only alone those two first days, it was a huge step out of my comfort zone. Since then I have backpacked in Europe and travelled to New Zealand and Australia on my own.

Now back in Canada, my trips are closer to home, but often on my own. My friends and partner don’t have the same interests or vacation days, so if I didn’t go alone I might not go at all. This is what I’d like to stress to women considering their first solo trip.

Don’t put off the things you want to do for the fear of being alone. That’s how dreams pass you by. And you don’t need to jump into a 6 month foreign backpacking trip to learn to solo travel. Take it at your own pace. There is nothing wrong with joining tour groups, traveling to English speaking countries or choosing a destination due to its global peace index (I have). Start small if that’s what you need – just make sure you start!

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Alison from Dreamer At Heart.

Why travel solo? It’s a question that comes up frequently. When curiosity to see the world at large calls sometimes, you just need to pack up and go. Three and a half years ago, I minimalized my belongings and set out to explore the world. It’s not that I hadn’t travelled before but I had an overwhelming desire to explore further. Some people said I was running away. In my heart, I knew I was running towards. Towards life. Towards making connections. Towards broadening my perspectives. Towards discovering myself. When I look back on these last years, solo travel has enriched my life beyond anything I could have imagined.  And I’m still not done.I’ve been to 13 different countries solo. My latest venture alone was to South America. I explored Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia. I have experience travelling solo in Central America in Guatemala and Panama. I have also travelled solo in France, England, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic. Add to that list Sri Lanka and Bali.

People often ask if it is a lonely venture travelling solo. I firmly believe that attitude is everything and that travelling solo you are slightly more vulnerable. That in the end makes you more open to meeting other travellers and locals. This is the absolute best thing about solo travel. Conversations and interactions with complete strangers result in worldwide connections and lifelong friends. 

If you’re thinking of heading out on a solo venture, pack a boatload of awareness, curiosity and your open heart. If you’re nervous about going it alone, try a few jaunts solo closer to home to build your confidence. Then, plan something further afield. The thing is, there will be a few setbacks and unexpected adventures but at the end of the day, I bet you’ll have a huge smile on your face. Because, the bottom line is…solo female travel makes you feel like a total badass, at any age. 

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Amrita from Experience North East India.

To me, the best thing about travelling solo is that you get to know both your strengths and weaknesses. I had started travelling alone from the age of 18. It all started at places near my house, maybe within 50 km. As my courage increased, the distance also increased. Coming from an orthodox family, I did had to fight my way to travel solo (in spite of the fact that all the members of my family love travelling, but together!). So initially, I travelled only in places in West Bengal, India. After getting a job, I started travelling independently and have explored the nooks and corners of India. 

I am lucky to have a partner who equally loves to travel and together we have travelled a lot of places as well. But I have not stopped travelling solo. I am all of 35 now and am still travelling around, meeting new people and exploring places. I have backpacked across different parts of India and Southeast Asian countries solo.

I love travelling alone. You meet new people, make new friends and see things differently. Travelling solo has helped me face my fear. I used to quite an introvert person. But travelling has really opened me up and helped me approach people and talk to them

To all those wonderful women who want to start travelling, I would advise you to listen to your heart and start doing what you love. For first time travel, plan well, research about the places you want to visit and start your journey. I am sure you will enjoy this journey.

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Holly from Globe Blogging.

I was born to British immigrants to Australia, so growing up I was fortunate to travel a lot, but it wasn’t until I was turning thirty that I took my first solo trip internationally. Being nearly twelve years ago now I don’t remember what prompted the decision at the time, further than a desire to do my own thing and see somewhere I had never seen. I chose the North Island of New Zealand, apart from the fact it looked like an amazing adventure, it was close, not too expensive, I spoke the language and my driver’s license was valid! Since that first trip I have combined solo travel with group trips and travelled to Europe, The Philippines, USA, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and across Australia. I’m returning to New Zealand this year. 

I’m a big fan of solo travel, I love the feeling of it being entirely my decision what I do on any given day, but I do think there are times and some places where it can be advantageous to include group organized tours as part of a broader solo trip, which I have done on several of mine. The old adage of safety in numbers is true, in some parts of the world especially, and it’s a great way to make new friends and share experiences. You’ll often save money too as group tours can negotiate better prices, and you still have the built-in flexibility to go off and do your own thing. 

Personally, I’m a planner, and when I start thinking about a destination one of the first things I will do is go and get the brochure from the travel agent to pick out the things I want to do or see. This will start to flesh out my route and the details can be worked out later. These days Air Bnb is always worth checking out as an alternative for accommodation, but if you’re solo then it’s worth looking at hostel options. Hostels have come a long way in recent years to stay competitive and you can get a great rate on decent accommodation, while getting the chance to meet other travelers too. Who knows on what adventures they may lead you to!

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Martha from Quirky Globetrotter

Vast perfectly explains how I felt boarding the plane for my first solo trip. Once I abandoned all my daily comforts it was evident that I was nothing more than a mere blip on the world’s radar. In fact, traveling solo humbled me. The world has much more to teach me than I have to offer it.

Destination: Puerto Rico; duration: 2 weeks. Before stepping aboard the airplane, I panicked. How could I survive 14 days, 336 hours, 20,160 minutes alone? I assumed the worst and nearly fled, flagged down a taxi and returned home. But the possibility that this adventure could be the one I look back on 75 years from now kept me going.

Jitters is what fueled me the first few days in Puerto Rico. It was the first time: I rented a car, and said rental car also got stuck in the mountains without cell phone reception; I hiked in the rain forest; swam in the ocean; snorkeled and even ordered food in a foreign language — all solo.

It was intimidating. I cried once in frustration trying to converse to a man in my broken Spanglish about parking. I even got lost for several hours in the mountains and overdramatically thought I would die. Yet, these exasperating mishaps turned into loving travel parables after the fact and equipped me with one of life’s many lessons.

Traveling solo revamped how I approached life. I took more risks because the realization that life is too terribly short became apparent. As if the travel bug wasn’t enough, now I was struck with impatience. I couldn’t and wouldn’t allow myself to sit and wait for others to be ready to travel. I needed to experience and explore the world. Now. Even if that meant I was alone.

But being alone also wasn’t that bad. Traveling solo meant freedom. It encouraged me to explore and interact with locals. It began to feel as if adventures sought me out and not vice versa.

Since that trip to Puerto Rico, I’ve visited more than 20 countries solo. I’ve road-tripped through the Belizean jungle and the picturesque Ring Road in Iceland. I spent summers jumping on trains and traipsing through Europe. I’ve explored destinations I didn’t know even existed until I was at their doorstep and willing to say yes to solo adventures.

My advice to you: Go. The rest will shake itself out.

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Heather from Raulerson Girls Travel.

I’ve been traveling solo on and off for 20 years, but it wasn’t until last year at the age of 46 that I decided to quit my job to become a full-time photographer and travel writer. My first trip as a digital nomad was to Edinburgh, Scotland this past January. What came afterward was a whirlwind of 18 cities and 11 countries in the first month including my first trip to Asia. I ended up living in Thailand for 3 months and explored over 50 temples, countless waterfalls, and tried some delicious food that I have never thought I would eat.

The best thing about traveling solo is that you can set your own schedule. If you want to wake up at dawn to capture the sunrise (and tourist sites with no people) you can. You can eat whenever you get hungry and don’t have to choose where to eat based on other’s preferences. And the best part of traveling solo is that you get to decide where you want to go next. One thing I have learned from my crazy start at solo traveling is that the fast pace doesn’t suit me very well.

I prefer slow travel where I can stay put for a while and take day trips from a home base. Word of advice for women getting ready to travel solo is to pick someplace comfortable to go to first. My very first solo trip was to an All-Inclusive in Cozumel, Mexico. Find a place that has good press/reviews for being solo woman-friendly. After your first trip, it becomes so much easier to pick the next solo adventure. Since Thailand, I have added 5 more countries to my total of 28 with many more planned for the upcoming year. Be Brave and go out and See the World!

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Lia from The Nomadic Panda.

My first solo trip was in 2016 to Japan. I have always had a great fascination with Japanese culture and their way of life. I had initially thrown the idea around with friends, but Japan was either not on their bucket list or they considered it too expensive. I was left really deflated so I took the plunge and decided to go alone. I can still remember how I felt after buying my ticket – really accomplished with a sense of excited nervousness. Since then I’ve been to Europe and back to Japan again solo. The reaction I got from friends and family were mixed. Most thought that I was crazy to go to such an exotic destination alone but really supported me, others were secretly jealous and kept telling me how everything can go wrong.

The best thing I did for myself was to learn to trust myself and my own gut. I always put my safety first and spend ample time researching the country, the safety of the cities I want to visit and which areas to avoid, transportation options and accommodation reviews. It’s also a good idea to reach out to friends (online friends too) that has done a solo trip before too. When I travelled alone for the first time, my self-confidence was pretty low too because I had adult braces (I know it’s not a big deal, but at the time I thought it was). So, discovering that people I’ve never met before and had the chance make friends with, didn’t really care about the outside (and my braces), really did so much for my confidence and gave me back my faith in the human race. I came back feeling refreshed within myself and had a new type of self-confidence one only gets after going on your first solo trip.

Things you that will happen when you travel solo: you will definitely be caught out of your comfort zone more than once; you will amaze yourself with how you are able to handle a crisis situation; you will realise that most people are more than willing to help you than not.    

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Carmen from Vicariously Through You.

My first solo trip was in 2013. I was about to graduate from grad school and I was 34 years old. I had never been abroad because I didn’t have anyone to go with me. Until that point, it never occurred to me to go solo.

To pass time one evening, I started researching European locations and stumbled across Contiki, the tour company focusing on travelers under 35 years of age. The more I read, the more excited I became and I booked a Discover Europe tour with them that same night.

It was a great trip. I was gone for a little over two weeks and came home with great memories, new friends and the travel bug. I was officially hooked.

Since then, I’ve planned trips and traveled to many places completely on my own, including Greece, Australia, Mexico and Hawaii (x3). I even flew to the Cayman Islands solo to complete my open water scuba diving certification!

The best part about traveling solo for me is realizing how much confidence I’ve gained from those trips. I’ve discovered how resilient I am and that I can make smart, logical decisions and quickly pivot when plans don’t go as expected.

My words of advice to those who want to travel solo is to figure out what your comfort level is and start there. If you want some help the first time, try going through a tour like I did. Let someone else do all the planning while you get comfortable with the travel part. Read blogs and travel guides. Talk to friends and family members who’ve traveled. There are so many resources out there to help. Take advantage of them.

And then pack your suitcase and go!

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Karllie from Yolo Solo Travel.

Aotearoa New Zealand is home and solo travel is my passion.  I have always loved travel, adventure and the outdoors but at the end of 2015, I was nearly 40 and decided it was the perfect time to leave my teaching career, sell my house and go on some crazy adventures and crazy adventures I have had! From tomato festivals in Spain to reggae concerts in Kingston, Jamaica.  However, it all started with a 500km solo hike from the top of New Zealand to Auckland following the Te Araroa Trail.  What this taught me is that I need very little to make the most of everyday and that even as a solo traveller you are never really alone.  The great thing about solo travel is you get to choose when you want to be alone and when you don’t.    

Since then I have travelled through three continents, to more than 25 countries and 50+ cities.  I have lived a winter in Zagreb, Croatia and spent a long six-month summer in Sydney, Australia.  I have travelled with another, one of my best friends, for two months through Europe.  The experience of travelling with someone compared to travelling on my own really confirmed for me how much I love solo travel.  I cherish the travel memories my friend and I share but going solo is so liberating!  Doing what I want, when I want is by far my favourite way to travel.

Although I am back home in Aotearoa New Zealand, the travel adventures will never stop.  The more time I spend overseas the more I appreciate my own beautiful country and beyond.  From weekend road trips to popping over to Australia to explore more wonderful places, it is very unusual for me to not have something planned.  When it comes to my next big adventure, it will likely be a few months in South East Asia and Antarctica at the top of my bucket list.

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Monique from Trip Anthropologist.

I’m a cultural anthropologist and at 20 I wanted to be the next Margaret Mead. I wanted to live in remote and far-flung parts of the world – the creases in the map. I lived and worked in Myanmar in remote areas and in peri-urban slums. I am so used to being different from everyone and everything else that I long ago lost any concept of culture shock. 

Over the years my job changed. I travelled monthly for work and fitted in family and personal vacations. I travelled extensively in Asia, the Americas and Europe. Anthropologists evolve a method of how to enter a country, how to pack, how to meet people and become immersed in their local lives. We learn to stave off loneliness and homesickness and to leave the field gracefully. Unfortunately, we aren’t taught how to fit back into our own societies and the first long periods in the field led to me being disorientated when I returned home. Reverse culture-shock takes me a while to get over – learning to switch languages and deal with the choice and complexity of western cities and societies. 

As a professional blogger the techniques and tips I learned doing fieldwork and from continual travelling means I can concentrate on having adventures and not sweat the small (but important) stuff. Anthropologists write up their fieldnotes every night as a way of structuring our days. For me solo travel means staying motivated to make the most out of every single day! Instead of writing up fieldnotes now I journal or blog my observations, conversations and experiences. I schedule my days according to my Bucket and To Do lists and make sure I have an adventure and get lost at least once every day. That’s how I travel solo – its an extension of how I have lived my professional life.

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Lisa from TheHotFlashPacker.

I travel solo about 50% of the time.  The other times I travel with family or friends.  In summer 2019, I took one of my most ambitious solo trips ever, driving over 9,000 miles, many on gravel roads, to some of the remote towns of Alaska and up to the Arctic Ocean in the village of Tuktoyaktuk in Northwestern Territories, Canada.  I had 2 full months to make the journey.  I did this in a Ford Transit Connect Van (basically a low clearance mini-van).  The van was equipped with a small bed, table, and the goods I’d need to make the trip.  After the first week, I had no definite plans or reservations, so I literally went where the wind took me (or at least where the wind wasn’t blowing the fire smoke and rain storms).  Without reservations and having a van for camping, I was totally flexible to avoid the bad fires of summer 2019 and I got to follow the sun.  As a result, I only had 3 truly rainy days and I could stay as short or long as I wanted in any locale. 

Traveling solo means you certainly have some lonely days and nights.  I found myself striking up conversations with strangers when I could.  I also found having a beer at a bar or striking up a conversation with other campers was a great way to meet other travelers in the evenings.  Despite a few hiccups in the trip, including a cracked windshield and mudslides closing some of the attractions I wanted to see, the trip was wonderful.  Alaska was amazing… I’m seriously thinking about returning next year! 

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Ann from Travelgirlto.

I’m Ann, the content creator for travelgirlto, a solo travel blog.  I’ve been traveling the world solo for over 20 years now- starting with my first solo trip to Japan.  I fell in love with travel while teaching English in Japan and meeting fellow travelers who shared the same passion and mindset to explore the world.  I had finally found my tribe!

Since then, I’ve made it a priority to travel the world and see as much as I can, as often as I can! I’ve traveled extensively through many countries in Asia as well as Australia, over to Africa for a safari adventure through Europe and even a trip to Oman.   

Traveling solo allows me the flexibility to plan my trips to suit my interests, spend some quality time with myself and doesn’t stop from meeting people along the way.  Being a solo traveler also causes you to rely on only yourself to deal with any bumps along the travel road.  You will be amazed at how strong and capable you really are when tested with the challenges of traveling and relying just on yourself.  

My advice for people thinking of solo travel is to Embrace the Fear! I have had a lot of fear of the unknown when traveling- What will happen if the hotel is noisy and I can’t sleep? What if I’m lonely? What if I hate the experience? And more fears..

Guess what, they have all happened and it’s become part of my solo travel experience. You will learn as you go and will have some not so perfect experiences. That’s ok.  Some of my favourite solo travel memories come from problems I encountered along the way that showed the kindness of strangers or the unexpected detour I took that uncovered a favourite travel spot.

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Sue from Sue Where Why What.

I first travelled alone in my 20’s, fuelled by a desire to see more of the world despite my friends not being available. I started with Europe, followed by a year in Australia & Indonesia. I came back a more confident version of myself, empowered by my new found independence & self-belief.

I met my future husband Terry on my return, who shared my love of discovering new places. For 18 years he was my best friend & faithful travelling companion. Then, in 2014 I tragically lost him. Everything I knew about life & my future disappeared overnight. I was alone again & approaching 50. 

My solution was to follow my passion for travel to help me make sense of my new life. I truly believe it has helped me to grieve, grow & smile again. I started blogging about my journey in the hope that it may help others undergoing similar mid-life changes to gain the confidence to go solo & am always searching out ways to travel which don’t always mean being alone.

In August this year I entered Albania which marked my 70th country. In the last few years I have learned Spanish in Cuba, scuba in Australia, sailing in the US Virgin Islands & taken part in my first regatta. I have been on fitness retreats in the Caribbean & volunteered at a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, among many other adventures. 

For me the joy of travel is less about the places you visit & more the experiences you have & the people you meet along the way, some of whom stay friends for life. My advice for first timers is not to over plan, sometimes the best memories I have are when I have gone where the wind has taken me. But, always trust your gut. If it feels wrong or uncomfortable then don’t do it. 

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Michela from Rocky Travel.

I was born (in the 60s) and raised in Italy. I started travelling in the 80s when I was in my 20s as an expat student in London and Vienna. As I was keen to explore my backyard and I naturally grew into this type of travel with solo short-trips to nearby places. It didn’t take me long to discover that I didn’t dislike it at all, on the contrary, I seemed to quite like to travel by myself.

My love for going solo grew fast and in the 90s I took various solo trips across Europe and the first overseas adventure to the US, New York. That was an eye-opener to be confronted with a different mentality and environment and that spurred me to further explorations on my own. I continued travelling alone mainly in Italy and Spain on many trips. In 2004, on a career break, I spent 2 months backpacking solo around Australia. That was the start of what I call a long “love affair with land Down Under”, a continent that kept me going back many times. I had 9 solo trips over the past 15 years (of 2-5 months each). From bus and train travel to solo road trip adventures and also Outback tours, I have over 100 K Kilometers under my belt.

Australia has been the laboratory of many projects, it inspired me to start blogging about my adventures, and this is how Rocky Travel was born in 2009! The biggest lesson from solo travel is that nothing is impossible in life and that the much needed “change in life” is a blessing and the only thing that makes us grow. While travelling alone for me is the most rewarding way of exploring places and meeting people around the world, I find that walking and hiking together in a small group of like-minded solo travellers is very empowering.

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Smita Bhattacharya

I’m touching 40. I’ve been traveling solo since I was 22. I’m from a country where this is not looked upon too kindly. Taking a gap year is laughed at, “a definitely western concept that only westerners can afford”, and traveling is considered indulgence women ought to partake in only with their husbands. I don’t know why it became an obsession with me ever since I did my first. I realized it wasn’t hard. I realized it made me happy like nothing else.

Now I have a full-time, reasonably high paying job as a management consultant. I enjoy my job and will probably never give it up because I also enjoy the immense financial freedom that comes along with it. But I try to squeeze in at least 4 weeks of leaves in a year no matter how much my bosses or colleagues grumble.

You just need to ask for it. And not care if people enviously mutter, how lucky you are that you have “no responsibilities”. Of course, I am lucky! This year, for example, I took a three-month sabbatical and am winging it from city to city. Control freak that I am, I’m actually not planning anything at all. I put a finger on the map and just go there. I strongly recommend anyone in a full-time job to ask for a sabbatical or a long break. Here’s what I did:

Got my financials in place to decide where I should go and how long I could afford it

Brought my bosses around to agreeing to it. They have been quite understanding and kind. Try it. Organizations are opening up to this concept more and more

Planned for slow travel. Long breaks are more about spontaneity and fulfilment rather than ticking off a list. You tend to get travel fatigue more easily. At least I do.

Taking each day as it comes. Not all days are fun and easy. But the growth and learning are like no other. You can palpably feel your soul transform

Try asking for a sabbatical. Believe me, it can be life-changing.

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Angie House.

From a life of dreadful daily two hour commutes to a fulfilling life of travel; chasing waterfalls and running around SE Asia collecting passport stamps. I’ve now been traveling and living abroad for 18 months.

I decided to pack up my life, leave my cushy corporate job of 10 years and my humble abode in the US (Arizona) behind in pursuit of fulfilling my dream of traveling and living an unconventional life abroad—making the traditional 9-5 life a thing of the past.

I began my journey abroad in SE Asia in February of 2018 in Vietnam, where I taught English and recruited TESOL students in Saigon for a year before moving to Thailand. I currently live on an island called Koh Samui located in the Gulf of Thailand. I’ve also lived in Bali, Indonesia for an extended period. 

The thing about traveling solo for me is the ultimate freedom to explore and do whatever I want, whenever I want. Most days I prefer solitude to enjoy a book on the beach, but other days I like to connect with other solo female travelers to catch as sunset or take off on an adventure to find waterfalls and delicious street food. SE Asia has some of the best night markets to explore. 

The best advice I would give to first time solo travelers is to not be afraid! The media and news outlets often preach safety so intently that it instills fear and prevents women from pursing solo travel. Do your research, be vigilant, and go to known safe places first to get your feet wet. Then, once you are more comfortable, you can start venturing out of your comfort zone. Also, always pack light! I can’t stress that enough! 

My ultimate goal is to incorporate my writing aspiration of storytelling into a freelancing career in content marketing, as well as connect females living unconventional lifestyles to share their stories. When I’m not obsessing over my next career move to build the next female led empire, you can find me enjoying a wine tasting, reading the latest Dan Brown novel, or simply day-dreaming/journaling about new ways to interpret life.

Keep up to date on Angie’s adventures on Instagram.

Why not join the growing numbers of amazing women travelling solo around the world?

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  1. Karen

    Jules, this is such an uplifting post. I relate to so many of the ladies who have contributed and know that if anything ever happened to my gorgeous soulmate that I would continue travelling by myself. What an inspirational set of stories. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Carmen

    Everyone featured in this post is so inspiring! I relate with everyone in some way and I am now following almost everyone. Thank for you putting this post together. I really enjoyed reading it and finding new solo travelers to follow.

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