The short answer to that question is yes, absolutely!
The long answer is that travelling solo as a woman is one of the most empowering, exhilarating, liberating gifts you can give yourself and frankly, every woman should do a solo trip at least once, if not several times.
I took my first solo trip at 19. After graduating from high school, I was set to backpack across Europe with a friend until she backed out.
That left me with two options: stay at home and mope OR go by myself.
I decided the first option of staying home and giving Europe a miss was not an option. I went to Europe for three months, came home and saved up money for a plane ticket to Australia, where I lived and worked for a year when I was 20.
Since then, I’ve travelled solo many times and love it. I’ve now travelled to over 70 countries and I would say that I’ve visited only a handful with friends, partner or parents.
Often women find themselves putting off their dreams of travel when they take a job, buy a house, start a family.
Or they find that their husbands/friends/family can’t or don’t want to travel with them.
Many find the thought of travelling solo is too intimidating and scary.
However, now there are many options for women who want to travel solo but don’t want to be completely on their own – cruises, tours, volunteering, day tours, retreats, etc. Typically when I travel, I will sign up for a yoga holiday or day tours, so that I’m not completely in charge of all logistics, but have assistance with transportation and sightseeing.
Regardless of how it’s done, a woman travelling by herself is one on the best experiences ever.
There is something very freeing and powerful about knowing that you are letting go of others’. More importantly, your own expectations, preconceived ideas and notions of who you are, what you should be doing and how to do it.
You are the mistress of your own destiny when you pack your bags and set out for the adventure that is calling to you. You are living up to your potential and claiming your independence.
You get to call the shots and deciding where, when and how.
Most importantly, solo travel is an opportunity to get to know yourself – by yourself and out of your comfort zone. You find out there is more to you than you ever dreamed possible.
You are capable and independent.
You are strong.
Often times, women focus on the challenges, the fears, the problems they will have – What if I get lost? What if I miss my flight? What if I get lonely?
But what about focusing on what could go right and what could be amazing? You could meet some interesting new friends. You could deepen your relationship with yourself and fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing the Eifel Tower, the Taj Mahal or the pyramids at Giza? Your world could expand in ways you never dreamed possible and this could be the start of something really wonderful.
The world awaits. What do you want to believe is possible for your life?
You’ve got this.
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