Chances are, you've already been on a trip with your family, friends, or life partner. But few people dare to hit the road on their own.
Solo travel can be a lot of fun but also a bit stressful, especially if you’ve never travelled alone before. What if you run into some trouble? If you feel lonely? Are you even going to have fun?
Many people, especially women, fear to travel on their own, either because they fear they can't make it or because they believe it's not as good as travelling with someone else.
That's why we decided to write up this post on some of our favourite solo female travel bloggers out there. Each of them is a true inspiration for anyone dreaming about travelling the world solo.
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Dani, from Globetrotter Girls
Dani and Jessica began their journey back in 2010 and spent the next four years travelling the globe as a couple. In 2014, they each took a different path and since then, Dani has become the ultimate solo female traveller - even though she's not always alone. She combines months of rapid travel to various destinations with longer periods where she picks a place and spends some time living like a local thanks to housesitting. We like Dani’s blog because she’s genuinely curious about the world and has a lot to share.
"Even though I don’t travel solo all the time, I love my solo travel adventures and try to take at least one trip a year all by myself. It gives me the chance to reconnect with myself and to reflect on things that are happening in my life. When I travel with my partner or a friend, I usually don’t have the time to focus on myself because we are doing everything together. When I am by myself though, I have more time to journal, to let my mind wander during solo dinners, and I can also be as selfish as I want, because I don’t have to consider anybody else’s desires and requests other than my own."
Simon, from Wild About Travel
In her 20 year career travelling solo, Simon can sure teach us a thing or two. After spending over a decade in the corporate world, she eventually got fed up and decided to give way to her true passion for travel. Born in Italy and growing up in Switzerland has sure had an impact on her love of nature and the outdoors. So if you’re looking for an expert in lesser-known destinations, wild and isolated places, then be sure to check Simon’s blog.
Aleah, from Solitary Wanderer
The name gives it away! Aleah is a digital nomad who travels the world and works as a writer and an editor. She wrote a great piece on dating a girl who travels. When we asked her why she travels alone, she told us:
“I travel solo by choice not only because it gives me the freedom I need and want -- the freedom to decide when, where, and how to move -- but also because it constantly tests my abilities to deal with the challenges of being on the road by yourself. I have learned so much about myself and about others from my solo travel that I don't see any need to change my travel habits soon. Solo travel is not for everybody, but it is definitely perfect for me.”
If you’re planning your first solo trip, then the Solitary Wanderer is probably one of the best places to start. Aleah has covered a lot of the important stuff when you’re travelling alone, from destinations for solo travellers, to visa guides and travel gear.
Leyla, from Women on the Road
When Leyla decided to open a new chapter in her life and spend more than just a few days on the road, she couldn’t find anything on the topic of solo female travel. Keep in mind that this was before the internet brought the world’s information at your fingertips. After spending three years on the road, Leyla came back with a lot of experience on how to travel smart, safe and solo as a female.
“Every woman, whatever her age, should travel solo at least once in her lifetime if she can. Being on your own pushes your boundaries, teaches you to adapt, makes you less fearful and more confident, and opens you up to the world. You'll likely come back a better, stronger version of yourself.”
Kristin, from Be my Travel Muse
Not sure if we can be Kristin’s travel muse or it’s the other way around. What’s so interesting about her is that she can show you how to ditch all the touristy stuff and immerse yourself in the local culture and have a truly unique experience. The native Southern Californian has dedicated her life to solo traveling the world. Her award-winning blog and travel brand, helps women to travel the world in a more adventurous, genuine way through her extensive tips and guides. More? She is also a published author of 2 books and the creator of women’s adventure tours around the world.
Sabrina, from Just One Way Ticket
We just love Sabrina! Her witty and brutally honest style of writing will make you smile. Or cringe. Or both. Either way, Sab has been on the road more or less since 2008, when she quit her job and travelled for 433 days straight, before coming back to Germany and realizing that homeless is what she really wanted to be, so she hit the road once more and this time for good. Her blog is rich in reviews and destination tips, along with some pretty useful advice on finding flights, where to stay for cheap, how to get work, and much more.
Oneika, from Oneika the Traveller
Oneika is not only a travel junky, but one on a pretty big mission! In her own words, she’s dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and empowering women and people of color to see the world. Aside from providing a truly needed perspective in travel blogging and media, Oneika has a lot to offer for any traveler, including tips for travelling as a black person, how to have a love life while on the road, as well as what Spanish sounds like in Guatemala and in Chile.
Veronika, from Veronika’s Adventure
A Czech Republic native, Veronika has been adventuring around the world as a solo female traveller for the last couple of years. In 2014 she visited 15 different countries and documented her experiences in almost a step-by-step way. Whether you want to visit Sri Lanka in 7 days or less or soak up in a thermal bath near the river Elbe, Veronika will guide you through.
Alice, from Teacake Travels
Now, whether you consider yourself a “kickass chick” or not, that is genuinely one fun blog to read! Alice Teacake has been travelling around the globe for the past 8 years and what I truly like about her blog is that it reads like the notes of an 8 year challenge to one’s self. After all, travel isn’t about simply switching destinations rapidly and posting lots of photos on Instagram. It’s a journey of self discovery, and Alice has a lot to share. You’ll find tips on what to do before your trip, where to go, how to earn money if you were planning on sticking around for a bit longer, where and what to buy… in other words, it’s a gem for the solo traveller!
“I believe in travelling solo to face your fears, push your boundaries and reach your full potential. Empower yourself and you will be able to then empower others.”
Soumya from Travel, Books, And Food
Soumya didn’t exactly quit her corporate job for travel blogging, like you’d expect. Instead, she combines the flexibility of being an entrepreneur with frequent travels, and she documents for our greatest pleasure. Having a “weak Indian passport”, Soumya is a pretty good source on how to get visas for most of the world’s destinations and her blog is the perfect source for an Indian solo traveller. Although she was born in India, Soumya grew up in Tanzania. What's more? She's a vegetarian, and that doesn't stop her from tarvelling: she has plenty of tips and recommendations on the topic.
Steph from The Pink Backpack
The "modern-day hybrid of Bridget Jones and Indiana Jones" is the queen of misadventures - and we love her for it! Just to give you a few examples, the 30 year old PhD student was attacked by a chimpanzee in Tanzania, got food poisoning up in a mountain in Colombia, and narcosis while diving 120 ft deep in Belize. That kind of misadventures. But that won't stop Stephanie! While she ran into some troubles as a solo female travellers, she's in love with the freedom brought by travelling alone. The empowered woman has tons of brilliant experiences to share with aspiring travellers.
Gloria from The Blog Abroad
Gloria never wanted to travel in the first place. Now, she's a full-time nomad. Funny how life works, isn't it? The Black American solo female traveller has a lot to share: she's been in over 70 countries across 6 continents (and strongly believe that counting these countries doesn't make you a d**k). We love her take on travelling as a Black person and the fact that she is an optimist at heart. Fun read guaranteed!
Claire from Claire's Itchy Feet
Claire's feet didn't start itching until she turned 34 - but since then, she hasn't looked back. She embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, selling (almost) everything she owned. Now, she's a successful "digital nomad" - she works online, making money while travelling. And she wants to help other women do exactly what she does. The badass woman climbed volcanoes, throught she was going to die during an earthquake in Guatemala, and was stung by a scorpion. Several times. "Adventure" is Claire's middle name.
Anna from Postcards from the World
For the Polish woman, the world is too interesting to stay in one place. Studying or working is not an excuse not to travel: she's been doing it for a while! A summer spent looking after sea turtles in Tobago, where she stayed and blended with the locals, fueled her wanderlust. Mindfulness is a major part of her life and has made a travel experience much richer - so much that she's hustling to share her way of life with others. For example, it's about making yourself aware of the story behind everything: noticing the little things, looking deeper. It changes the way you experience your trip.
Joanna from Lose the Map
Joanna isn't just a solo female traveller, she's also an actress, writer, and a great photographer. But when she does travel, her mantra is clear: get into the local life and culture. Her blog is a gold mine of beautiful stories, written and visual. She's been in close to 40 countries and has much to share, no matter your travel style. If anything, take a moment to check out her travel photography skills!
Kassie from The Fly Away Life
The New Englander is only getting started - if you call over 20 countries only a start! She's determined to keep going and to inspire other women to do it to. But she doesn't stop there: she believes that women should be inspired to travel when they are little girls. Kassie is definitely a young solo female traveller to follow.
Amalia from Little Foot Adventures
Originally from Portugal, Amalia lives in Copenhagen, Denmark - for now. She's not restricted to a single travel style, sometimes leaving with only her backpack, sometimes staying at luxurious resorts. In five years, she's been in over 40 countries, especially in Europe, South America, and Africa, and has plenty of useful tips for these destinations.
Will YOU become a solo female traveller?
We know you will find these extraordinary women inspiring and hope that they will convince you to go on a solitary adventure of your own one day!