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Solo Feminine Journey: Introduction

For those who like to journey, in case you comply with journey bloggers/influencers and if you’re part of Fb journey teams, you’ve gotten in all probability observed the surge in solo feminine journey. For essentially the most half, I believe this development is a optimistic one. Nevertheless, for these reluctant to have that solo feminine journey expertise, I consider their issues must be acknowledged and mentioned.

I don’t consider that each girl has to take a solo journey of their lifetime. I don’t consider in giving into peer strain or hopping on the bandwagon of a journey development you is probably not prepared for. I do consider in stepping out of your consolation zone and making an attempt one thing new. Rather a lot has been written about solo feminine journey. However, I’ve been sitting on these ideas for a very long time and wished to share them with you.

In 2011 I curated my first solo feminine journey itinerary primarily based on the novel and film “Eat, Pray, Love”. I wrote about this solo feminine journey to Northern California on Journey Noire. It was a very robust 12 months with the lack of my mom and the tip of a critical relationship. As a single girl touring alone, I used to be nervous at first. However throughout this solo feminine journey I discovered energy I didn’t know I had. I regained my confidence, interior peace and hope for the longer term. Since then, I’ve been on a number of satisfying solo feminine journeys. I’m lucky in that I’ve mates, household and a husband to now journey with. Nevertheless, I nonetheless take trip annually to deal with myself.

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Solo Feminine Journey: The Good

Now let’s bounce into all the great matters about solo feminine journey. As talked about in my story above, a solo trip is nice remedy to your thoughts, physique and soul. Do you ever really feel like simply getting away to assume for your self and about your self? These should not egocentric ideas. Everybody deserves and wishes this. Solo feminine journey may be extraordinarily rewarding and stress-free. It will probably awaken your adventurous spirit. A profitable solo feminine journey can even result in empowerment. “I’m girl, hear me roar”.

When you’ve got been on group journeys you’ve gotten in all probability been subjected to a strict schedule or having to regulate to another person’s schedule. You might find yourself going to locations that you don’t have any curiosity in and lacking out on the locations that you just do. In distinction, while you go on a solo feminine trip, you set your individual guidelines. You possibly can get up and go to mattress while you need to. You do the excursions and actions that you just need to do. You eat when and the place you need to. You don’t need to share a mattress or a toilet. You may be extra spontaneous.

And, what in case you don’t have folks to journey with? Do you wait round for somebody to go along with you to locations in your bucket checklist? Nope. Life is brief, take the journey. That is one other benefit of solo feminine travel-not having to ask anybody to hitch you. You received’t miss that nice web deal ready to search out out if a pal is out there. You possibly can simply e-book it. As well as, there are not any discussions or disagreements about airfare prices, lodge prices and different bills. You could have whole autonomy to construct your individual solo feminine itinerary.

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Solo Feminine Journey: The Unhealthy

So what are a couple of unhealthy matters about solo feminine journey? To begin with, it may be lonely. In case you are not used to spending time by your self, a solo journey could also be robust. I didn’t get married till my 40s and I’ve no kids. Earlier than my first solo feminine journey I used to be used to eating alone, going to the flicks and occasions alone. I’ve spoken to girls which have by no means performed any of this. Simply the considered being lonely is a flip off for them.

I do discover that consuming alone at a desk in a crowded restaurant may be intimidating. I often learn or play on my telephone however one other nice trick is to eat on the bar. You possibly can chat with the bartenders and it’s simpler to fulfill new folks. Just lately there was a report of girls not being allowed to eat at a bar in NYC since they had been cracking down on prostitutes. Loopy. However, I’ve heard from fellow black feminine vacationers that they’ve been mistaken for prostitutes in some international locations.

One other unhealthy matter about solo feminine journey is image taking. You might find yourself taking loads of selfies. I hardly ask folks to take my image out of concern they are going to run off with my telephone or digicam. Lol That is extremely unlikely. Choices embody a selfie stick, GoPro, a tripod with distant and a drone.

One thing else to contemplate with solo feminine journey just isn’t having anybody to share the joy or expertise with. There is no such thing as a one to speak to while you climb to the highest of Desk Mountain in South Africa, while you lastly get to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, tour the Anne Frank Home in Amsterdam or cruise alongside the floating markets in Thailand. To me, telling the story to somebody or sharing photos just isn’t the identical as being there with that individual.

One other issue when planning a solo feminine journey is the associated fee. You’ll not have anybody to share the prices and bills. This could possibly be something from lodge/room prices, rental automotive prices and groceries. In case you are doing a highway journey there is not going to be anybody within the automotive to assist the time go by sooner or that will help you drive. In case you are flying lengthy distances there is not going to be anybody to maintain your organization or consolation you when you’ve got a concern of flying (like me).

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Solo Feminine Journey: The Ugly

After I consider the ugly facet of solo feminine journey, the primary matter that involves thoughts is security. Girls need to be further cautious when touring alone. Luckily, I’ve not encountered any troubles whereas on solo journeys. Sadly, I’ve heard some horror tales. 

Narrowing down your solo feminine journey locations may be tough. You’ll need to determine in case your solo trip shall be home or worldwide and for a way lengthy. Earlier than making your resolution, take a look at the journey advisories and warnings on Journey.State.Gov. Analysis is vital! Speak to individuals who have been to the locations you might be contemplating and get contacts for inns, tour operators and mutual mates within the space.

Listed here are some ideas for preserving secure. Take an image of your passport and electronic mail it to a member of the family. Preserve further copies of your passport in your lodge secure or baggage. Study a few of the language and customary phrases of your vacation spot. Pay attention to your environment. Don’t spend a lot time in your telephone or taking photos that you just miss somebody watching or following you. Check out maps and instructions prior so you possibly can keep away from asking for instructions.

Share your itinerary with mates and family members. A straightforward manner to do that is with the app Tripit. Don’t let folks know that you’re touring alone. Don’t submit your location on social media. Keep on with busy public areas at night time. Register with STEP (Good Traveler Enrollment Program) to be made conscious of any points in your vacation spot.

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Solo Feminine Journey: Conclusion

In conclusion, I believe solo feminine journey is a optimistic matter. I believe each girl ought to attempt it no less than as soon as. In case you are reluctant, begin with a staycation shut by or visiting a neighboring state. However, please contemplate all of the features of solo feminine journey listed above. If the thought of solo feminine journey doesn’t attraction to you, I’m right here to inform you that it’s OK. Simply Journey.

So, what do you consider weblog submit on solo feminine journey: the great the unhealthy & the ugly? Have you ever been on a solo journey? In that case, title some nice solo feminine locations beneath. I believe it essential to assemble as a lot info as attainable on solo feminine journey earlier than you make the leap.

My fellow journey blogger Lauren of Outdoorsy Diva not too long ago posted about this subject on her podcast so take a hear and inform me what you assume. EP09 Why Each Lady Ought to Journey Solo

Additionally, be sure you take a look at these solo feminine journey blogs for excellent journey ideas & inspiration.

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