Our destinations spanned the globe: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Africa, Central America, South America, Europe, India, and the Middle East. Our experiences are vast: museums, safaris, walkabouts, music, volunteering, foodie tours, and adventure.
And we did it all on our own.
In June 2012, Hostelling International Golden Gate Council hosted a panel on Solo Women Travel in San Francisco. Lauren from AFAR Media, Kyra from Travelettes, Ashley from No Onions Extra Pickles, Ekua from Girl Unstoppable, and myself Kristin, shared why we love traveling alone, it’s benefits, and challenges.This video shows are answers and diversity of experiences.
Here are some of the highlights
What Makes Traveling Alone Unique?
“One of the most wonderful things about solo travel is I get to build an itinerary around what I want to do.”
“It’s about completing new experiences by yourself.”
“It’s nice to have that moment when you ask, ‘what do I want to do?”
“I find that when I travel solo, it opens up a lot more opportunities to meet people.”
What are the positives and negatives of traveling solo as a woman?
“You go to other countries and men don’t treat you the same way as home.”
“In Egypt, I had to make up a husband.”
What does responsible travel mean to you? How do you stay safe?
“I see who’s on the street. I look for women and children because that tells me it’s a safe place.”
“I walk around during the day. If I’m going out at night, I know where I’m going.”
“I am a guest in the country, so I don’t dress how I want to dress, but how the residents would like me to dress.”
- I’m now a guest blogger at Vayama.com and write all about independent female travel. Here’s the latest article: Best Vacations to Declare Your Independence.
- One of my favorite travel blogs is all about solo travel: Check out Solo Traveler
- Also a big fan of JourneyWoman for resources on traveling as a woman
- An excellent article on Gadling about how to overcome loneliness as a solo traveler.