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.
The reaction of dozens of solo travelers was strong and came together around the hashtag #WeGoSolo. The message?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 runs an excellent website focussed on solo women’s travel.
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.