“Well behaved women rarely make history.”
Though I’m no longer solo, I have traveled extensively as a young solo women, first at eighteen as I backpacked through South America, and then again at twenty when I set out for this cycling adventure around the world. Sure, I encountered a few rough spots in India, and I would be lying if I said that sleeping alone in my tent came naturally, but after a few days out on the road you too will see just how amazing our world truly is. I can no longer count the number of families who took me in, the number of kind and helpful people who stopped by to help me out in any way possible, and all of the thousands of people who have encouraged me on my way. Solo travel is one of the most powerful and rewarding adventures to be had, and I’m here to prove that being a girl should enhance, not deter, your desire to experience it.
Check out – In Honor of the Gals Who Adventure Alone – in order to realize that nothing is holding you back, that the world is a wonderful place once you set out to explore it. The scariest part is not setting out on an adventure alone, but rather not setting out for that very same reason.
My favorite part about traveling solo has been staying with families around the world, squatting by open fires with the women to cook bread, and running through the fields with the small children who always become my tour guides.
Check out what it’s like as a solo women through a few of these stories which depict the people who have made me believe in the wonderful world we live in today:
–This One is For the Ladies: Hygiene, Periods, and Sex on the Road
–It’s Not About the Bike (USA)
–India as a Solo Female
–Solo Travel Advice
–Through Heaven and Hell (Hardships and Homestays India)
–India Through the Lens (Many Homestays India)
–The Ladies of Spiti (Homestay India)
–Adopted By a Village (Homestay India)
–A Different Kind of Home (Homestay India)
–A Great Introduction (Homestay Nepal)
A few about my transition from a solo wanderer to part of a team:
And if you need some inspiration, make sure to check out WOW (Women on Wheels), a site dedicated to the hundreds of other solo female cyclists out there today!
Solo travel as a women is empowering. It shows you and the world that we are equal while enabling you to truly discover yourself and the diverse world we all live in. If not now, when?