Should you travel solo? Should you go to another country, or even travel within your own, alone? Is it fun? Is it safe? Is it a holiday?
Yes, on all counts!
Solo travel is an amazing opportunity for adventure. It’s a chance to discover yourself as you discover the world. It is safe. It is fun. You’ll also meet more people – locals and travellers – than you would travelling with a companion. You’ll have amazing experiences you will never forget.
These are reasons for everyone, men and women, to travel alone. But there are additional reasons specifically for women to head out solo, especially those who are, or plan to be, partners and mothers.
So here they are, the top five reasons for women to travel solo:
1) Learn how capable you are before you get tied down to a partner and children; go out into the world by yourself. Make your own decisions and organise your own time. At home you have backup. Travelling, you are truly on your own and you’ll discover how resourceful you really are.
2) Have a last hurrah before you have children. Children are a very long-term responsibility that is often particularly demanding of moms. Before focusing your care on children, take a bit of time to take care of yourself.
3) Take a break from endless daily responsibilities and come back refreshed. While we’ve come a long way, women still juggle many of life’s details. I think of a woman’s life like a four-burner stove preparing a holiday family dinner: there’s rarely a burner free. Walk away from the stove, by yourself, relax and return refreshed.
4) Build confidence after a divorce or loss. This reason is particularly close to my heart. After losing my husband in 2006, I started travelling solo again. I know how much it builds confidence. It was part of my comeback to life.
5) Eat dessert first. On the road, you can do anything you want to do, when you want to do it, and without being judged.
Solo travel is an enriching, enjoyable way to travel.