Ladies, Do Not Be Afraid To Travel Alone

Friday, September 3, 2010

As a first time solo female traveler, you may feel fear. Sometimes, it’s as though the world we live in can be a bubble, trying to tell us of the things we shouldn’t be doing instead of encouraging us to get out there and experience it for ourselves. We are bombarded with “be carefuls” and “watch outs” instead of “keep your heads up and minds open.”

It was a relief to read this recent article at BootsnAll about a solo female traveler debunking those myths on her own. For six months, she traveled around foreign places — not hindered by being travel buddy-less — recommending that people use common sense and instinct as opposed to sticking to manuals. Her adventures remind me of Paul Theroux– although male — who is a self-proclaimed solo traveler. He wants the opportunity to explore things on his own for an opportunity to reach into a much-needed space of solitude and reflection — also, not wanting to bring his wife and kids into the potential dangers of where the wandering mind and soles can go.

Still, traveling alone may not be for everyone, no matter your gender. Some people like to share the experiences with others, even though others prefer the adventure that a solo sojourn can bring. It’s interesting how personal the stories differ when sharing them with others or doing them on your own. For some solo travelers, you keep the experiences for yourself, like little pieces of a personal garden you have grown.

By Brit Weaver


About the Author

Toronto born and based, Brit is an avid leisure cyclist, coffee drinker and under-a-tree park-ist. She often finds herself meandering foreign cities looking for street eats to nibble, trees to climb, a patch of grass to sit on, or a small bookstore to sift through. You can find her musing life on her personal blog,

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