We know what you’re thinking as you scroll through the Insta feeds of your favorite travel photographers as they venture solo through far-flung lands. I could never do that. I was thinking the same way, until I found myself walking around Madrid sans companion earlier this year. Two years ago, I wouldn’t eat dinner alone much less get on a plane to a foreign country by myself. But I’ve come to find that traveling on your own is kind of like living on your own: It sounds scary and sad but mostly it’s just doing whatever you want whenever you want. Therefore it’s awesome.
So next time you’re looking up flights to Scotland or Ecuador and you’re wondering if you can convince your sister to take off work or whether your relationship is ready for such a big step, be like these seven ladies and just book a ticket for one.
Read on for 22 tips to become a badass solo traveler. Tip #1 Book the flight!
Madison Perrins: Artist & She Explores Writer
Start with a Domestic Trip
“The national parks here in the U.S. are great for solo female travelers. There aren’t a lot of people, and no matter what your flavor is — beach, forest, desert — there’s something for everyone. It usually means taking a road trip, too, which is good for us women because you are literally in the driver’s seat!
“Take any detour you want, stop and take a hike up into the hills if you want, drive all night if it’s what you need.”