Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Solo Female Travelers Over 40

When I first started blogging in early 2010, solo female travel was a barely trodden topic. The concept of long-term solo travel hadn’t even crossed my mind until I was 22. Solo female travel was especially unusual in my home country, the United States, and women traveling solo were more likely to be seen as reckless than inspiring. Today? Google “solo […]

Five Strange and Unusual Benefits of Solo Travel

There are so many incredible benefits to solo travel: you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. You develop incredible confidence. You can change your plans on a whim. It’s easier to interact with locals and learn the local language. You can take the trip of your dreams and be whomever you want to […]

Top 10 Travel Safety Tips for Women

Is it possible for a woman to travel the world and stay safe? Absolutely. Even if you steer clear of resorts. Even if you go to developing countries. Even if you don’t speak the local language. Even if you’re traveling alone. I created this site so I could help women travel safely and independently around the […]

How to Travel Solo to a Party Destination

Imagine walking into a bar and knowing nobody inside. Everyone is laughing and drinking and seems to have been best friends for ages. Do you find that as terrifying as I do? God, it’s the stuff of nightmares! I’ve talked a lot about how to make friends while traveling solo. But party destinations are a special case […]

Solo Female Travel in the Middle East — Is it Safe?

Is it safe for a woman to travel alone in the Middle East? It’s far safer than the media would have it appear, and with the proper planning and precautions, it can absolutely be safe. For this piece, I decided to bring in an expert on solo female travel in the Middle East: Sabina Lohr, […]

Why Travel Safety Is Different for Women

A few days ago, my attention was brought to a piece on Buzzfeed called 29 Things Women Avoid Doing Because We Fear For Our Safety. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Go ahead, read it and come back here. In typical Buzzfeed style, the piece was written with the goal of gaining […]

The Truth About Solo Female Travel and Safety

There’s a sad story in the news that I’ve been wanting to discuss here.  An American woman, Sarai Sierra, was found dead in Istanbul.  She was traveling alone at the time. This story is indisputably tragic, especially since Sarai was a mother to two young children.  Predictably, there was an outcry.  Go onto any site […]

Is South Africa Safe?

Is South Africa safe? Especially for women traveling alone? That was a question that I had often wondered, that I continued to ponder while traveling, and that I mused long after returning home. South Africa does not have a good reputation when it comes to safety. Much of this is overblown, or based on false pretenses. […]

Why Iceland is Perfect for First-Time Solo Female Travelers

Today I finished my first trip to Iceland: five fantastic days that I enjoyed immensely.  I can’t wait to tell you about all the amazing experiences I had and show you the unbelievable landscapes. Many women email me telling me that they’re thinking of traveling solo for the first time.  I always tell them to […]

Sometimes, I get scared.

It’s 4:00 AM in Évora and I haven’t slept a wink, despite the heaviness of my eyelids. I am too scared to fall asleep.  I’m not afraid of anything specific; I just feel a deep, looming sense of dread.  Something is not right, and I can’t allow myself to become defenseless. Is it irrational?  Some […]