Seven soul-searching questions about Female Solo Traveling

So ok, you decided upon setting off on your own because it has always been a part of your budget list, because you want to test your limits or you crave for open highways and a Thelma-and-Louise experience (well, the road trip part of it). You've read everything about the things you are supposed to carry with you (the heavier the emotional baggage, the lighter the rucksack, I hear), you've informed your nearest and dearest of the decision and given them your itinerary for safety purposes. You have prepared the perfect combination of precautionary measures and pleasure plans. What's next?


Why then, you nomadic soul, I have gathered some key questions to help you design an introspective experience. They can be answered in a self-help worksheet way and hopefully encourage some great conversations on the subject. Enjoy!


Is it a trip or are you running away from daemons?


It can be a journey. It can be anything you want and need. But here is a question for quiet refection and I am going to allow some space so that you write down your thoughts on it.


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Is there really a difference between male and female solo traveling or are we allowed to call it gender equality just yet?


When you scroll down pages devoted to the stories, facts and figures of female solo traveling, you may be discouraged to even contemplate the idea of stepping out of your front door. Most pages take the extensive trouble of warning you of all possible scenarios, from kidnapping to murder and from dressing in a way that should discourage potential rapists (we are not even close to equality, sister) to taking self-defense lessons before booking a trip. Some pages only refer to safety precautions and never to the excitement of such a decision. We should definitely read everything that is out there and never overestimate our preparedness. But girl, it is so much easier for male travelers. The language is different. The suggestions are different. The promises of a good time are endless. So bear in mind that we have a long way to go before sharing common tips.

That is why they call it “female solo traveling”. It is practically a genre.


The success of a solo trip lies in preparation or the ability to improvise, adjust to circumstances and let things rest?


Here, that's a question that answers itself. Preparation is a prerequisite to creating memorable times.


Is there such a thing as a “perfect destination”? And does it matter?


Get rid of “good”, “bad” or “perfect” categorizations. Executing a plan, especially when you are new to solo traveling, is the important first step. Let yourself go, surprise yourself (while of course remaining aware of possible dangers, yes, unfortunately I cannot stress this enough), live a little. Or a lot.