When I travel solo I travel with more intent, more awareness. Solo travel is good for mindful travel.
Solo Female Travel: Advice from Women Who Know
Hi, We're Janice (I'm on the left and writing this post) and Tracey (on the right), the women behind Solo Traveler.
Many, many women travel alone and they love it. However, if you've not done it before it can take a bit to get comfortable with solo travel.
That's why we've put together this category for women who want to travel alone. It's designed to point you to the most relevant information for female solo travelers.
Below you'll see links to articles specifically for women. But first, let's talk about solo female travel. Here's what Wendelyn has to say.
"This month I booked my first solo trip to Paris. ... I just wanted to share this with you because you inspired me to let go of 2017 and forge ahead into 2018 with the knowledge that it does not require “someone else” to make my own way. I will be in Paris on my 57th birthday and I am very excited! Thank you so much. I have more to check out on your site and on Facebook but your message is an important one. Not just for the resources but for the spirit in which you support and encourage!!!
I have been telling my friends, “I am woman, hear me roar!” :)" Wendelyn
Women Travel Solo for the Sheer Pleasure of it.
The Solo Travel Society on Facebook has over 230,000 fans and 63% of them are women. A Booking.com survey found that 65% of US women are taking vacations without their partner. This is consistent with my experience. I see women traveling solo far more often than men. In one case I was on a train in India and, randomly, there were four female solo travelers in one row. A Brit, a Canadian and two Americans.
We asked the female members of the Solo Travel Society why they travel solo:
- 46% said freedom, independence and the chance to do what they want when they want
- 22% said they weren't willing to wait around for others
- 15% said to challenge themselves and gain confidence. Solo Travel let's you go travel your way
You can hear the joy of solo travel in the voices of these travelers.
I was a late bloomer as far as travel goes. I took my first solo trip to Nassau, Bahamas when I was 34. I was nervous at first. But I got there and made so many travel friends. I had a glorious time. I haven’t stopped travelling yet and I’ll be 64 soon. Planning another big trip around the world. Retired now and will live on the “road” until I decide to come back." Deborah
Think you can’t or think you can- you are right! I’m 55 and I started with traveling solo within my own country. Then to Bali. Then the UK, Ireland, Europe, Thailand, and Hawaii: all solo. Why? I trusted myself enough to know I could and I did! Solo travel? I love it! Only way to go! Safe travels!" Diane
Women Travel Alone and Gain Confidence
While gaining confidence ranked third in our poll it is a big reason that women travel solo.
I was 58 when I took my first solo trip to Mexico a year ago. I never thought I could or would enjoy traveling alone, but I ended up loving it. ... My self confidence skyrocketed and I finally understood why so many people tout solo travel. I went back to the same Airbnb this year with a friend and I must say that my solo visit was ten times more fun. Just do it!" Nancy
The nature of confidence is that it only comes after you take the risk." Joanne
Your Solo Female Travel Experts
Okay, to say experts may be a bit much but Tracey and I are women and have a lot of experience traveling solo. We've been doing so for many years.
I went on my first trip in my twenties. I spent two weeks in Europe and, to tell you the truth, I was flying by the seat of my pants. I could have used some of the advice in the articles below. Since then I've enjoyed many years of solo travel. And, as a woman traveling alone, I've experienced the good and, on occasion, the bad. All of which has prepared me to write and publish Solo Traveler.
How'd we come to publish Solo Traveler? Well, for me, a love of travel, personal loss and an empty nest all conspired for me to travel solo more and begin Solo Traveler in 2009. As for Tracey, on her very first trip abroad, which was with a friend, she learned that solo travel was for her. As friends, it was natural for us to work together on Solo Traveler.
So we write. We write for male and female solo travelers in general. We write about travel and saving money, safety, destinations, packing and general solo travel tips. There's also our 32 Tips posts with free and low-cost tips for some of the world's most expensive destinations and our annual best budget destinations post. There's so much on the site. But here we give you the posts specifically for women who travel alone.
Solo female travel has become very popular. Here are my tips for safe solo travel for women – and men.
On her grand solo adventure, a solo traveler discovers an organization of women welcoming women and building friendships around the world.
When a reader wanting to embark on her first solo trip reached out for help in moving from planning to action, the Solo Travel Society jumped right in!
We share lots of great travel stories with you. I think it’s also important to share my big solo travel safety mistake. Please don’t make the same one.
Finding life-work balance is no easy task — even for a travel blogger. On my most recent trip to Goderich I discovered new creative ways of finding it.
From high adventure to profound learning, Solo Traveler reader, Elizabeth, shares her experience in Cape Town, South Africa.
Connecting with travelers of different generations is more about attitude than practical tips.
A quick-reference, solo female travel guide designed specifically for and by women who travel alone. Everything a woman needs to take on the world solo.
After breaking up with a long time boyfriend, Renee took off for a year to travel solo to heal in Australia. Her heart not only healed, it soared.
When traveling alone it takes time to settle into each new trip and each new city. Following safety principles helps get that safe and settled feeling.