Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Ask Kate: How Do I Meet People When Traveling Alone?

Welcome to our new weekly segment — Ask Kate!  Email your travel questions to kate [at] adventurouskate [dot com] with the subject “Ask Kate.” Hi Kate, I’m looking to go to Europe in the spring and do not have anyone to go with me so I decided that I should go alone. I’m a little [...]

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 [...]

How to Make Friends While Traveling Solo

One of the questions I get asked most often is how I make so many friends while traveling on my own. A lot of people think that if you travel solo, you’re alone nearly all of the time.  Well, that couldn’t be more untrue — I’m hardly ever alone! One of the nice things about [...]

Why Retreats are Great for First-Time Solo Female Travelers

Months ago, I wrote a post on great trips for first-time solo female travelers. I highlighted three kinds of trips: outdoor group adventures, city breaks, and organized trips where you learn a skill — like surfing. Then I found myself enjoying Sayulita, Mexico, on a fitness retreat with Nourish Retreats. It was exactly the kind [...]

Dear Ladies: This Can Be Your Life, Too.

Every now and then, I receive an email or a Facebook comment from one of my girlfriends that contains the following phrase: “You’re so lucky, Kate.” I appreciate their words, but I disagree wholeheartedly. I’m not lucky at all. I’m in the same boat as all of you — I just made travel a priority [...]

“Why You No Have Boyfriend?”

“Why you no have boyfriend?” The first time I’m asked this question, I’m on the overnight train from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani, the only foreigner in the car.  I’m taken aback by the older woman’s question and simply smile and giggle.  Thankfully, this is a very Thai answer, and it suffices. I knew this question [...]

Great Trips for First-Time Solo Female Travelers

If you’re a girl who hasn’t traveled alone before, you might have no idea where to begin!  That’s okay — there are so many options for you. The ideal first solo trip for female travelers is easy, fun, and low-stress.  Give yourself some structure, but don’t plan out every minute of every day.  You don’t [...]

Should Solo Women Travelers Pretend to be Married?

There are hundreds upon hundreds of guides for women’s travel safety abroad, and many of them have conflicting advice. One of the more controversial rules surrounding solo women travelers is whether or not they should pretend to be married or wear a fake wedding ring. Some women interpret this advice by announcing that they’re married [...]

Never Compromise Your Travel Ideals

Image: Werner Kunz About a year ago, while working at my last job, I found out that I might be sent to London for a week or so.  Though this would be a business trip, I was jumping-out-of-my-skin excited. Oh, to spend more time in the great city of London, where I’ve only stayed for [...]

How To Couchsurf Without Couchsurfing

Have you thought about Couchsurfing?  It’s much more than just a way to get free lodging all over the world. The Couchsurfing Project was originally founded as a community of individuals who open their homes to travelers.  It’s a place to learn, teach, and exchange with people from all over the world.  With a free [...]