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.”
Ignore the Haters
“The number one myth about women traveling solo is simply that they shouldn’t do it. But I raise a fist in solidarity with all the lovely, adventurous women who know better than to fall into that trap. We can’t be expected to always play it safe for others’ comfort.”
Show Up For Yourself
“My first solo trip was inspired by an urgent need to get back in touch with myself. I had stopped being able to identify if I was doing things because I truly wanted to or if I was going with the flow too much. The most unexpected thing for me are the parts of myself that resurface, that I hadn’t realized I’d lost touch with. Being alone while traveling reveals if there’s something I’ve been neglecting and need to nurture. Traveling alone asks a lot of a person, and you’ve really gotta show up for yourself.”
Mickela Mallozzi: Host and Producer of PBS and web series Bare Feet
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Expand Your Idea of Community
“The #1 myth about women traveling solo is that it’s lonely – on the contrary, you are forced to become more social even just to get simple things done every day (ask for directions, buy food from the local market, celebrate at a town’s festival, etc.).