The best women’s travel stories, from #WeGoSolo

In early February it seemed like everyone with a microphone had something bad to say about solo travel. With the murder of Sarai Sierra and a ripple of reports of rapes and other crimes, the world was no longer a safe place to explore.

Travel in groups. Stay at home. Know your place.

Stuff that.

The reaction of dozens of solo travelers was strong and came together around the hashtag #WeGoSolo. The message?

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Want to go to Venice? Don’t wait.

The world is a fantastic place, and generally safe to explore. If you live in a metropolitan city, most of the world is safer than your neighbourhood. Go and explore it, by yourself or with friends.

Without further ado, here’s some of #WeGoSolo stories that were shared with the Indie Travel Podcast Community in February, plus some other picks that we found.

Great stories

Steph from 20Something Travel reckons that solo travel is not the problem (and does a pretty good job at reining in her rage) in Female Solo Travel is NOT the Problem.

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Wander Lisbon? Why not?

Amanda writes Dear Dad, don’t worry — something I think we can all relate with, parent or not. She also came up with three destinations for first-time solo travel.

Over on Matador, Katka looks at why you should start travelling alone. Enlightening, explorative, empowering… Sounds good to me.

Are you afraid to travel alone? Ali, from Travel Made Simple, shows you three reasons you shouldn’t be.

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You can eat alone. Like this young lady.

Adrienne looks at Going Solo, showing how she escalated her solo travels from English-speaking Australia and New Zealand, through Singapore, and into Southeast Asia. Baby steps, all the way.

Over at Cloggie Central, they’re asking if solo travel is really OK, and coming up with positive answers.

Mariellen has even gone so far as to compose an Ode to the solo female traveller.

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Or you can make some friends. Eat together.

Solo female travel resources

Feeling inspired? Well, it’s time to move from inspiration to planning, and get you out of the door!

Leyla Giray, author of the Indie Travel-published book Women on the Road runs an excellent website by the same name.

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Just don’t stick out your tongue at the idea of solo travel.

Journey Woman, Evelyn Hannon’s site, is also full of wisdom for want-to-be solo travellers.

We have published three great books for solo women travellers, Art of Solo Travel, Women on the Road, and Travel Safety. You can save 10% and pick up digital copies of all three for just $35 from Indie Travel Guides.

There are supportive groups on Facebook, like the Travel Solo page; and of course, there’s also our own Indie Travel Podcast Pageif you have questions.

You’ll also want to check out the right accommodation options for you — be it Couchsurfing, hosteling, hotel-hoping or something else. And then there’s what you need to know (and ask) about travel insurance.

Still not sure? Why not drop us a comment below and let us know why you do or you don’t travel solo; or what you want to know in order to go it alone.

Are you ready to travel solo?

Damn right you are! But maybe we can help you a little too.

Take a look at the Art of Solo Travel, Women on the Road, or save 10% when you buy them together with Travel Safety in the Solo Travel Bundle.

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