The Solo Woman Traveler Manifesto: Why are women traveling solo?

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Why you should travel solo

Women traveling solo is nothing out of the ordinary in the 21st Century… and it’s here to stay.

I get asked almost on a daily basis WHY I am traveling solo as a woman of just 22 years of age. While I appreciate the intrigue, I’m sure you can understand the question is wearing a little thin (as is my patience) because as far as I’m concerned, solo women making bold moves to go it alone is nothing new.

Why are women traveling solo? What is the solo woman traveler manifesto?

First of all, as with anything in life, it’s different for everyone. I certainly don’t speak for every solo woman traveler when I explain my decision to travel solo… but from endless conversations on the topic with others, I know I speak for many.

Second, the question is flawed. Why not ask why I am traveling solo (regardless of my gender)? Because there’s plenty of guys out there traveling solo, too.

Third, the question is not flawed. Regardless of gender, solo status, being single and the rest of it…. yes, there is a solo woman traveler manifesto.

Well then, what’s it all about?

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Why Women are Traveling Solo:

Convenience – We’re not all waiting for a knight in shining armour. Either that or we have waited and he appears to be lost in a forest somewhere… so we’re off on our own adventure to find him.

We’re Independent – We want to go out, see the world, explore it, experience, and not be sorry. We don’t need someone to hold our hand while we do it. Besides, when the prince charming is eventually found it will make it all the more worth while.

Because We Can – What’s so different about a woman traveling solo as opposed to a man? Nothing.

Why People Frown Upon The Idea

It’s Unsafe – Actually, it’s more unsafe to stay inside your home and wait for a burglar to come and attack you. You are more at risk in your own home than being out there in the world exploring it.

There are womanly duties to tend to – Like what, waiting around for an eligible suitor to sweep us off our feet? Why can’t we go out and find him instead?

Solo Travel is lonely – Then tell me why so many people are doing it? You know what happens when loads of people travel solo? There are loads of fellow solo travelers to befriend! Doesn’t sound lonely to me.

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What do women gain from traveling solo?

Glad you asked. Here is but 5 of the top lessons I have learned from long term solo travel.


Walking to the beat of your own drum, doing all the things you have wanted to do… solo travel has been one sense of freedom after the other.


Forcibly putting yourself into situations where you must fend for yourself improves your overall self-confidence. You learn to speak to everyone and anyone, make friends with people from different walks of life, and have faith in yourself.


Trying new things has never had a more true meaning. Bungy jumping hundreds of feet in Macau? Sure, why not!


Everyone has a story to tell and everyone you encounter will change your life and way of thinking in one way or another.


The good, bad and ugly. It all comes down to experience and traveling solo as a single female 22 year old has led me to experience more in a year of adventuring around the world than many people have or ever will in their entire lives.

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    I love this post I’ve been wanting to travel solo for a while now after spending a day in NYC alone when my friends wanted to do something else. I knew after spending whole day and night wandering around the city alone I could handle solo travel. My mum, however, was really nervous and doesn’t want me travelling alone even though like you I’m 22! So as a compromise I booked onto a Contiki tour and will be going to 9 cities in Europe with 24 people from Australia, New Zealand, America and the UK. Wish me luck!

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    July 17, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Awesome! And well written! Sweet and simple and convincing (not that I needed much convincing).

    Somehow you have found the balance of explaining (and – unfortunately often times – defending) young, female, solo travel without sounding preachy or like you know it all. I will strive to write more like you!

    July 17, 2014 at 5:31 am

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