“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” (Steve Jobs)
I believe that everyone should travel alone at some point in their lives, but I am writing this for all the badass women backpackers I know, who, after being grilled a thousand times by their families and asked, “WHY are you traveling ALONE!!? You’re a woman!”
And instead of turning away from their dreams, they bravely go ahead and do it anyway.
Of course, I know our families are merely concerned for our safety and well being. I believe that every traveler should be aware of their surroundings, no matter if they are a man or a woman. I know that there are certain risks that women take in traveling, and I wish this wasn’t the case.
Fear should not keep any woman from seeing the world!
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to play with the boys; climbing trees and playing the same sports that my brothers did. I never let the fact that I was a girl stop me from doing anything! Traveling abroad was the same story.
If I had let the fact that I was a woman keep me from traveling, I would’ve never lived in Thailand for nearly three years or traveled to Australia on my own, backpacked around Europe, wandered Southeast Asia, motorcycled across Italy or trekked across the Great Wall in China! I would have missed out on the most incredible adventures of my life!
I believe that everyone can and should travel alone, at least once in their lifetime. Rewards from traveling are such that you will never be the same, and you will never view the world in the same way again. This is why every woman should travel alone.
Here are some tips for happily and safely Travel Solo (whether you are a man or a woman!)
1.) Research, research, research!
Make sure you are well prepared for your travels, and your trip will be less scary. Search different travel websites, blogs and books about the area that you want to visit. The more prepared you are, the better you will be able to handle any bumps along the road!
2.) Ask, and you shall receive!
In this day in age, social media has made travel easier than ever! Whenever I travel anywhere I post on my Facebook about where I am heading next and ask questions about the area. I’ve got some really great tips from fellow backpackers I’ve met along my travels about what guesthouses to stay in (and which ones to avoid!). If you’re lucky enough, you might even get to stay with a few locals!
3.) Stay in a Hostel
Every traveler knows that when you travel alone, you are never really alone! When you stay in a hostel, not only are they cheap, but you’ll have the opportunity to meet fellow backpackers and make friendships that could last a lifetime!
4.) Be Friendly
Be friendly and open minded to not only new experiences, but the people you meet along the way. You never know who might end up being your new travel buddy!
5.) Be Adventurous
Be well prepared for your trip, but also allow room for adventure! I decided last minute to ditch my travel plans and join some fellow backpackers on their trip to Northern Thailand and it was the best adventure I’ve had thus far!
No matter what your gender, race, or background, if you have itchy feet and want to travel the world, don’t let anyone or anything stop you. Follow your heart, and those that truly love you will respect you in the end for doing it.
The Wandering Orange