How the journey led me to the right

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Just do it! Book the ticket, start planning and packing and turn those nerves into excitement. Solo travel is addictive and once you’ve done it, you’ll soon want to do it again and again.

This is what I tell anyone who asks me for advice on solo travel for the first time.

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Who am I?

I am a 30-something divorcee who has changed his life and left everything to live on the road. I am a freelance writer and also run a website called Girl about the Globe, a travel resource site for solo female travelers, promoting responsible and ethical travel. My goal is to show that solo travel is not as scary as people think. I’m from a small seaside town in the south of England, but I’ve been traveling and living in different places since I was 21. I have now been lucky enough to have traveled to over 100 countries and 60 of them by myself.

Why did I want to travel the world?

From the age of 21, I went to travel and live abroad. I’ve always loved to travel and I made a collage of all the places I wanted to visit when I was a teenager. I never went abroad with my family because we always had caravan holidays in the UK, so the first time I even went anywhere was when I was 17 when I went to Spain with a friend. But my first solo trip to France was to work as a cottage girl and I was so homesick that I only lasted a week. Then I worked on a cruise ship and the fear and homesickness came again and I lasted 2 months. I gradually built up my confidence until I was a year away. At the time I was very shy and unsure of myself, but every time I went back to the UK I knew I should have stayed longer, so I went again. I set up a bucket list and have been traveling ever since.

What makes solo travel a great experience?

I love figuring things out on my own and going to countries where I can’t speak many languages ​​and meeting the locals. When you travel solo, you have more adventures and interact with people than you would as part of a group or a couple. For me, it gives me the best experiences. I’ve traveled alone so much now that I’m having a hard time adjusting to traveling with another person for long periods of time. I’m so used to being independent, plus I work on the road and it’s hard when you’re traveling with others who just want to sightsee and be on permanent vacation.

Solo travel gives you the freedom to choose your own schedule, go where you want and with whomever you want. There is no one to answer to and if you decide you don’t like a place you can just move on or stay longer if you like it. There are a lot more people traveling on their own, so if you need company you’ll never have a shortage of time to work with, but if you prefer your own space, that’s great!

Should I be afraid of solo travel?

at all There are different elements of risk for men and women, but there are differences in how women are perceived in certain cultures and some countries in the Middle East and Asia. A woman traveling alone may be frowned upon and considered unacceptable, especially if she is of a certain age and does not have a husband or children. In this situation, it’s easier to say that you have a boyfriend who works here and you’re surfing while he works. It is shameful, but this is the way of the world.

I have never felt unsafe in all my travels. I’ve been spat at in Mongolia, almost robbed and also chased by a car in Bali, but nothing bad has happened to me. I think the key is to listen to your gut and be as alert as you can be. This is different from solo travel. You’re complacent when you’re with someone, but when you’re alone, you’re constantly aware of who’s behind you and where you’re walking.

You should also get used to the stares. Most people are just curious, but if you try and blend in with your surroundings, listen to local knowledge about areas to avoid, and speak with confidence (even if you don’t feel it), then you’ll be fine. .

How the journey led me to the right

What have I learned from solo travel?

reduce speed. Not to sweat the small stuff and its all over the world, we are all the same. I love learning about other cultures and understanding their ways of life. I realized that all people have the same basic needs: shelter, food and love, no matter where we are in the world. Traveling has taught me not to judge and to be open to every experience, good or bad. It’s a never-ending learning curve, and every time I feel like I’ve got it all figured out, I learn something new about myself.

Do you have a favorite travel moment?

My best memory of solo travel was learning the art of slow travel in Montenegro. I was on a week-long sailing trip in Croatia, sharing a yacht with seven other people, and even though I’d had an amazing time, I was ready to go solo. I went to Montenegro by bus and that’s when I stumbled upon Kotor Bay, a magical place with a beautiful bay. I only booked one night but loved it so much I ended up staying a week and didn’t even speak to anyone (except the old waiter) the whole time. It was bliss! That’s the beauty of solo travel, you can do exactly what you want and change your plans at the last minute.

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What is my book about?

The book is called “A Woman’s Guide to Solo Travel” and it took 7 months to write. I came up with the idea behind the website. I have gained so much travel knowledge and experience in the travel industry that I wanted to help others travel alone.

The book is in 3 parts:

1. How to Travel Solo – Covers the obstacles and challenges you face as an individual. It’s about facing your fears and ignoring what society tells you to be confident enough to get up and do it.

2. Plan your trip – Gives you step-by-step advice on how to plan your trip, including knowing what type of traveler you are and what destinations are right for you. This section also includes a comprehensive guide on each continent, how to get around, and how to travel solo for women. Plus a checklist to make sure you’ve covered the important stuff before you go.

3. On the road it advises you on how to be a responsible traveller, how to have more cultural experience and what to do if something goes wrong on the road. I wanted to make this the most comprehensive book on the market and I feel like I’ve achieved that, so I’m very happy!

I’ve found that there are many different types of travelers, from vacationers to spiritual and cultural travelers, and you don’t have to go off the beaten track to find your style. I wanted to give more meaning to the trip and I am currently thinking about a second edition to cover everything in more detail.

About the author:
How the journey led me to the right 1Lisa Imogen Eldridge Travel journalist specializes in solo travel. Her background in the travel industry fueled her passion to see the world, and in the past seventeen years, she has traveled extensively as a solo traveler, living and working in numerous countries, and has now visited 100 countries. Lisa’s mission is to empower women to travel solo with her website, Girl about the Globe, a travel resource for women traveling solo.

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