Solo traveling is a growing phenomenon amongst women. Whether a woman should venture into the world solo is an ongoing debate that brings up questions of safety, health and security. Here I share practical tips and advice for the first time solo female traveler on what to expect, what to avoid and how to stay safe abroad.
I’m somewhere between Fes and the Sahara as my Topdeck tour of Morocco continues on; taking our group of 16 people from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert and back. The scenery passing by my window is of sun-scorched fields with an occasional cactus passing by; it’s incredible how fickle the landscape is in this country, how… [Read More]
You step off the plane in a new destination and feel that both liberating yet terrifying feeling sweep over you as you realize you are in a new country and completely alone. Whether backpacking through Asia, spending a week in Argentina or passing through London, the following 10 things will inevitably happen to every first time solo traveler.
While solo traveling, I find music to be one of my best companions. Whether I’m on a shaky flight to Iguazu, a ferry ride to Uruguay or making the trip between New York and Tokyo, my solo travel playlist both inspires and uplifts me during my trips. If headed on a trip, consider the following… [Read More]
The sounds of Spanish guitar floating over the streets of San Telmo were both hypnotic and seductive. As though in a trance, I seemed to stand affixed listening to the lone guitarist serenade the passing crowds as an elderly couple danced the tango nearby. With my Nikon camera in hand, I snapped photo after photo of… [Read More]
The blooper reel of my trip plays out in my mind and makes me laugh as I imagine what other adventures and stories I would have if I could keep traveling. As I sit here scratching the smattering of bright red mosquito bites on my legs (compliments of Iguazu and not having had repellent), I know that a sense of humor has been one of my best tools this trip.
“No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.” – Jack Kerouac, The Lonesome Traveler When I landed in Buenos Aires last Saturday I had wished for one thing only: that my… [Read More]
Ever since I began considering traveling solo to Buenos Aires in late August, my mind has been flooded with questions: Where will I stay? Will I be safe? How will I get from the airport to my accommodations? Will I make any friends? What if I’m robbed? Who will be my in case of emergency contact? The list goes on. … [Read More]
While the idea of traveling solo has always existed, as of late it seems to have reached a fever pitch as women embrace travel and all its intricacies with open arms. Rather than fear strangers and the dangers that may live abroad, women are staying savvy, street-smart and open to the experience of discovering themselves against the backdrop of an exotic location.