7 Reasons Why Solo Travel as a Woman is SO Important

7 Reasons Why You Should Travel SoloIn 2018, it’s becoming globally more accepted to solo travel as a woman.

However, historically this hasn’t always been the case.

We haven’t always been in the position to make decisions like we can today. Fifty years ago, if I wanted to book a random trip to Thailand – not a chance! I had a husband to look after, a house to clean, and children to care for. How could I possibly travel by myself? It just wasn’t feasible, nevertheless, accepted.

Today, we’re likely faced with decisions about our careers, whether we want to be married, have children, or whether we want to spend our hard earned cash on exploring the world.

(Of course, I want to make it very clear that this is not the case for everyone. Not every woman lives in a location or situation where travelling solo is possible or accepted).

But these are decisions that many of our mothers, grandmothers, and ancestors before them weren’t privileged with. And I’m so grateful for the women that have dedicated their lives to fighting for our rights as women and continue to fight for these rights around the globe.

All this being said, if you’re reading this, you identify as a woman and you’re thinking about going abroad solo for the first time. Or maybe you’re a seasoned solo traveller looking for inspiration to take that next trip!

So I’ve come up with 7 reasons why I think travelling solo as a woman is SO important.


7 Reasons Why Solo Travel as a W-O-M-A-N is SO EFFING Important


7 Reasons Why Solo Travel as a Woman is SO Important: If you're looking for a sign - this is it.

1 | Solo travel is Empowering

You’ve probably heard this before. But if you haven’t, travelling has the ability to put you in the reigns. You’re responsible for every decision you make and while that may be daunting at first, it’s also super badass and freeing.

You’ve made the leap to travel solo and when we’re empowered, we instantly feel more capable, our wants and needs become clearer, and we become stronger.


2 | Solo travel improves your sense of self-love

This has been said time and time again by every single travel enthusiast in the world but it’s true: solo travel will allow you to learn new things about yourself. And a huge part of this is learning to love yourself.

In the day to day, we’re often faced with excruciating pressures whether that be from society, family, work etc etc. Opportunities to practice self-love are minimal at best. But when in a new country all alone – it becomes easier to give yourself time to reflect. And sometimes, this will lead to discoveries about yourself that you’ll fall in love with.

Like when I realized I wasn’t afraid of heights on my recent trip to New Zealand and bungeed off a 43-meter high bridge. I can’t express my excitement after learning about this dormant adventurous side of myself. And I’m so in love with this new part of me, that I’ve dedicated my blog to inspiring others to live more adventurous lives! And to think – I might never have discovered this had I not taken the leap and travelled solo.

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3 | Solo travel makes you vulnerable.

Vulnerability. Eek. Just thinking about it is scary. But if there’s anything to be learned from Brené Brown, it’s that vulnerability is necessary if we want to truly embrace our lives.

Travel strengthens our sense of vulnerability because we’re immersing ourselves into unfamiliar situations every day. And sometimes this means we’re forced to talk to unfamiliar people. We’re forced to ask questions, ask for directions, and sometimes we’re forced to admit we have no idea what we’re doing.

And there’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Accepting this and rolling with vulnerability is challenging but it’s one of the greatest side effects of travelling solo.

Not to mention, it sure puts things into perspective!


7 Reasons Why Solo Travel as a Woman is SO Important: If you're looking for a sign - this is it.

4 | Solo travel makes you more sociable

For some of us, putting yourself out there and talking to new people takes guts. I consider myself a little bit more introverted than extroverted. But what I learned when travelling solo for the first time is this: there’s really no such thing as either introverted or extroverted. We’re all a mixture of the two and travelling solo can totally help you put yourself out there and meet new people in a way you wouldn’t when travelling with family or friends.

My advice if you’re having trouble meeting new people while travelling is this: if you see someone by themselves or a group of people in your hostel/hotel and you’re feeling kind of lonely – just ask if you can join them. Or ask what they’re doing that day/night. It takes a lot of courage – but there’s literally no harm in asking. What’s the worst thing they can do?

And who knows, maybe you’ll find your tribe!


5 | Solo travel is great because you’re ALONE

Maybe you’ll start travelling solo and realize that you’ve waited your entire life to be this secluded and alone without anyone nagging you or asking you to do something. Maybe you’ll realize that being by yourself with your thoughts is exactly what you’ve needed.

One of the greatest beauties of travelling solo is that you dictate what you want to do. You don’t have to compromise with anyone. You have complete control and no one to answer to but yourself. Isn’t that liberating?


6 | Solo travel can actually improve your career

I often hear people debating whether they should take time off to travel or continue working. It’s understandable. Work = money. Travel = bye bye money.

But if you find yourself questioning your career, wishing you had more vacation time, or with the urge to just get up and spend a year travelling. There’s usually a reason. Something’s missing and as I mentioned above, travelling is such a great way to gain clarity.

Travelling can also help with job-related skills such as decision-making, adaptability, and cultural sensitivity. All of these skills will help you grow professionally when you return to your job and when you’re interviewing for a new job.

For example, travel forces you to make decisions. Sometimes, you’ll have to make decisions in the blink of an eye and sometimes those decisions don’t necessarily lead to good outcomes. But that’s okay. You’re learning. Which means, regardless of how long you’re gone for – whether it’s a week, three months, or a year. The way I see it, if you’re learning something there’s no going wrong.


7 | YOU GET TO TRAVEL

Who here has ever decided not to go on vacation because the friend you were planning it with bailed last minute?

I have.

Who here has ever decided not to go on vacation because a friend or family member told you it’s too dangerous to travel alone?

I have.

And who here has ever decided not to go on vacation because you were too scared to travel alone?

I HAVE.

But if you take every single one of these points I just explained to you, the big picture is this: we are on this earth for a very small amount of time and there is so much to see out there. How can we let the above reasons stop us from seeing everything there is to see? How can we stay rooted to our routine forever and call it a life? Or because we should be finding a husband or having children? We can still do all of these things and travel the world.

We just have to give ourselves permission.


If we have the means and we are capable. Travelling is one of the most important things we can do to broaden our minds, to educate ourselves, and become more engaged in our authenticity. And as women who still continue to fight for our freedom in so many different ways, this is important.

It’s like our own BIG act of resistance.

What are your thoughts? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!

Quote to Travel By:
The question isn’t: ‘who is going to let me.’ It’s ‘who’s going to stop me.’