Words and Pictures from the A Not So Young Woman Abroad Travel Community

The A Not So Young Woman Community on Facebook has some amazing members who are often out and about on their very own adventures.  Many of us travel solo and some of us travel with our family and friends.  I love reading about what everyone is up to and seeing photos from our group, so much so that I have decided to share some tails from the gals who love to travel and share their stories. A Not So Young Woman Abroad 

Our group is growing daily and every day we hear inspiring stories from women across the globe.

Charlene gave us destination envy with her tales of the UAE

I went and spent 10 days in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. I had one of the most amazing adventures of my life. These are mostly pics of the Grande Mosque which we visited, there in Abu Dhabi. Pictures don’t do it justice. We went in the late afternoon and it was very crowded with a lot of tourist taking selfies. People from all over the world were looking at this incredible place with a 600 pound Swarovski crystal chandelier, the largest oriental carpet in the world, inlaid mother of pearl flowers throughout the floor and on the walls. And mostly- the most beautiful sparkling white marble I’ve ever seen. The guides were delightful. People were very focused on getting the pictures of themselves in various angles. Suddenly the evening call to prayer came echoing through the late afternoon, and I don’t care what your religious beliefs are or aren’t, it was a sacred moment when that bustling giddy crowd all just stopped in their tracks, a hush fell over the crowd, a few babies cries echoed thru the halls, but otherwise- it was just a stunning moment. Wow…

I also slept one night in the Arabian Desert. I only wished I’d had five more nights there. The sand dunes were so tall and the sand velvety soft.

I found the Emiratis polite and kind, so elegant.

Mosque UAE

Sheila had us all packing our bags and heading off to South Africa and Lesotho

Just returned from a two month trip in South Africa and Lesotho. A combination of volunteering with “The Bookery” – a literacy project in Cape Town; experiencing the bush; seeing the “big five”; wine tasting; hiking; bushman rock art; snorkelling; paragliding; kayaking and general walk-about. At 65, this was my first extended solo travel for many a year. Using the network of backpacker hostels was, for me, the ideal way to solo travel. Company when you want it and people to share experiences and hints on where to go/what not to do etc., I met such inspiring young people volunteering with innovative projects, I wanted to do them all! There were challenges along the way, but that just added to the overall experience. So glad I did it. Where to next??

Protea… South Africa’s national flower

Inspiration from Ginger 

I’m Ginger, 48 years young! Here I am white water rafting down the Rogue River in southern Oregon USA while taking a break from attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this summer. Almost 10 years ago I broke my back in 5 places while rescuing a cat. For years, I didn’t leave my house except to go to physical therapy. My mobility is still somewhat limited and I need extra rest, but I’m determined not to let that stop me. I have a lot of lost time to make up for. I have a mid/long-term plan to be a digital nomad and am already in a profession that will enable this and am actively decluttering/minimizing my life for this purpose. My upcoming trips include Alaska, Morocco, and Palm Springs… where I will stay in Lawrence Welk’s Mid Century Modern estate!

Jill made us all a wee bit jealous when she shared her early morning view of Vesuvius across the Bay of Naples from Sorrento

 

Janelle teased us with a glimpse of her morning view in Germany, then returned home and came down with a bad case of wanderlust sickness

 

Having withdrawals again and still have 164 days til my next adventure. So going through my photos and wishing I was still there. A windy day in Serbia with the Danube behind me and Romania across the water ?They’ve had a light dusting of snow in the last week. A bit different to the hot temps down under.

 

Carol headed off to the USA for her first solo trip

 

Luisa showed us some amazing photos from her trip to Argentina and Brazil

My day in Iguazú National Park today…mesmerizing I immersed myself in all that magnificence oooh it was just out of this world!


Enjoying Brasil for the first time, Sao Paulo is such a vibrant lively place. The Circolo Italiano with 43 floors and great views of the city I had a Caipirinha last night, and Feijoada earlier in a restaurant where they were celebrating a birthday..people are so happy here!

Tamsin wowed us with her stories of her trip to Europe

I am a 54 year old woman, mother, traveller, Shiatsu Practitioner and Teacher. I had one beautiful solo month when I was 21 years old and then started again last Autumn, a year ago. I have only journeyed in Europe and I write a journal style travel blog I am looking forward to hearing about you all.

 

 

Check them out at Tamsin’s Travel Blog – Walking Without a Donkey  

Bree returned to her favourite place on earth – France 

 

 

You can check out the stories of her adventures at 3 Sisters Abroad

Tatiana’s just been in Montenegro and Bosnia – she had us all wanderlusting

A bit of Montenegro

Jeannie’s just returned from New Guinea – we all have destination envy now. 

Jeannie hails from New Zealand and recently travelled to New Guinea. We were lucky to be able to follow her on her amazing adventure.  Thanks Jeannie!

Here’s a taste of what Jeannie saw and what she had to say!

These outriggers are their only form of transport. The Islands have no roads, buildings, bikes or anything else. All the men have their outrigger, even the little boys travel like this.

“Alatou, Kitava, Kiriwina, Conflict Island. The most amazing, fabulous time. Takes you out of your usual life and to a place that for some of the Islands, are almost untouched by western influence.”

Crystal clear waters throughout the trip, just beautiful.

 

We heard from Robyn about her trip to the West Coast of Scotland.. Thanks Robyn we love your photo and your little story.

The beautiful Crinan Canal in Argyll, was completed in 1801, is 9 miles long, and runs from Ardrishaig to Crinan, allowing vessels to take a short cut from the Firth of Clyde and Loch Fyne, to the west coast of Scotland.
I have wonderful memories of afternoon walks along the canal towpath, and watching the various seagoing vessels making their passage through these waters…so I’m now dreaming of travelling on a boat through the canal during my next visit ?

The first of our musings was from Janelle who shares her experience from her journey to Belgrade!

Here is Janelle’s tale:

It was winter, it was freezing, I was alone in a strange city. Yet I didn’t feel alone. I walked the cold streets of Belgrade those first few days by myself with no one to influence my perspective and I fell in love…….. As my feet took me along well worn paths and across streets I had never been on before, as my eyes rested on buildings and statues, people moving passed me and the ice flowing slowly down the river, it felt familiar, as if I had been away for a lifetime and was now back. Something inside me connected with this city, or more to the point, reconnected. Home is such an emotive word that means so much – to most it is the place where they live, but to me it is more a feeling inside of completeness, wholeness, contentment and it is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Belgrade.

By the end of my short time in Belgrade I had experienced a number of fabulous walking tours, met some wonderful people, learnt a little of her history (and even more about myself) and realised just how much this City has to offer. Food, culture and entertainment in abundance and I have only scratched the surface of what is there for all to enjoy. I will be back.

Photos and story by Janelle check out her new blog at When Wanderlust Comes Calling

Happy Travels!

@Julie

Solo Female Travel

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Comments

  1. Jade

    It’s great to see you have developed a really beautiful community. I also love reading about what everyone else gets up to on their travels so thank you for sharing some gems from your own community. Very inspiring!

  2. Alyse

    What interesting stories! And I agree, travel is for any age 🙂 It’s great to see you have such a nice little community. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anu

    That is an interesting way to present the travels that you want to do, but others are doing at the moment. I would call it my wish diary and keep noting down who to read when I plan these trips.

    Great round up, and look forward to more in this series.

  4. Kavita Favelle

    I’m in my mid forties and love travelling just as much now as I did when I was younger, I’ve travelled all my life. All three ladies look to have had wonderful trips to New Guinea, Scotland and Belgrade.

  5. Tala Valino

    I would love to swim on the crystal clear water! Looks so inviting! <3 I could relate to Janelle's story too, that feeling you get when you found a sincere connection with a city.

  6. Megan Jerrard

    Sounds like a great community, thanks for sharing these stories! Sounds like Jeanine had a wonderful time in PNG – I would love to visit such islands which are completely untouched by western influence – authentic experiences like that don’t seem to come around as much anymore!

  7. Kirstie

    Seems like a great Facebook group. I like it when people travel and meet someone new along the way and tells them more about the place. That’s traveling, you learn! Great to see women just taking on adventures on their own.

  8. Tom Bourlet

    Belgrade hmmm I didn’t have that on the list and hadn’t thought of that destination before, but actually looks amazing. That might have to be an extra trip for 2018

  9. James

    I really like the community blog concept. It’s nice to see that many people travel alone and get together through this platform. Looking forward to see where the next adventures will be!

  10. Carly

    It’s so good to hear that I won’t
    have to quit traveling just because
    I’m (approaching?) middle age! These
    women are bold and brave!

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