Heading off to travel alone can be a daunting prospect, especially for solo women travellers. But fear not, it has been done and those who’ve gone before know how to do it and aren’t shy about sharing what they’ve learned. There are some good-quality books out there to give you all the information you need.
Art of Solo Travel: A Girls’ Guide
OK, I have to admit we’re the publisher of this one, but the Art of Solo Travel is a solid ebook on solo women’s travel with well-laid-out practical advice, recently improved by the addition of eight follow-up emails to expand some chapters and cover fast-changing topics.
Author Stephanie Lee, who regularly blogs here on Indie Travel Podcast, left a comfortable professional life in Australia to couchsurf her way around the world in a nine-month jaunt. Frustrated by the lack of resources to help her plan, she wrote practical advice for helping you get out there, and stay safe while you travel.
An encouraging, you-can-do-it tone complements the information that shows you how to do it.
Smart + Sassy + Solo: Adventures In Lady Travel
Another digital offering — this by Sarah Von Bargen —, Smart + Sassy + Solo is a conversational book with a voice that’s certainly sassy. If you enjoy the writing style at yesandyes.org, you’ll love another 12,000 words in the same vein — and the author reading the book as audio too.
The book has good detail around topics like visas, travel partners and wardrobe, along with PDF worksheets for you to print off and scribble down why someone might be a good travel partner or where you’re going to go and how much it’s going to cost.
Wanderlust and Lipstick
The only dead-tree published book in this list, the Wanderlust and Lipstick range by Beth Whitman, are warm-hearted and in-depth, covering the same topics in the general book — then being more targeted towards India and travel with kids in the other books in the series.
We talked to Beth Whitman in this interview about her publishing and tour company focused on solo woman travellers.
Do you have other recommended books for solo woman travellers? Let us know in the comments.