Solo female travel is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make! It’s continuously on the rise for good reason and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. To venture out on the road alone takes confidence and courage. Although it can be daunting going outside of your comfort zone, travelling solo is extremely freeing and empowering! Regardless of age, here’s just a few reasons why solo female travel is good for the soul.
1. It’s empowering
Travelling alone is the ultimate independence and confidence boost. It can reveal strengths you never knew you had and the rewards can be life-changing! Having the ability to do what you want, when you want, and all whilst exploring the world is the ultimate empowerment. You’ll also defy stereotypical gender norms in the process… and in the words of Queen B herself, who runs the world?!
2. You’re forced out of your comfort zone
As cliché as it sounds, you don’t grow unless you go out of your comfort zone, and it’s true! The best way to do that? Solo travel. Arriving to a new city, with a new culture, where you don’t know anyone and add language barriers into the mix, can sure be daunting. But by pushing yourself to go outside of your comfort zone, you’ll feel like you can conquer anything afterwards. Keen to go on a trip and no one’s able to join you? No worries, you’re a badass solo traveller now that’s not even phased by the thought of going alone. Heck, you might even find you prefer it!
Yes it may of course have it’s challenges at times and isn’t all easy breezy, but its sure good character building and so rewarding. With such an incredible recent increase in solo female travellers, it’s clear to see that women are taking this challenge head on.
3. Be selfish and travel your own way
Solo female travel encompasses you do YOU! And it’s not selfish at all to do what you want, when you want, when it’s your hard earned money. You don’t need to worry about anyone else but yourself, and isn’t that just one of the most freeing feelings!? Want to get up at 5am to hike to the top of a mountain for sunrise? You go girl! Hungover and want a guilt free lie in until 1pm? You do you! No one’s telling you where to go, where to stay, when to eat or when to sleep, you do it whenever you damn want! Plus it means there’s no clashing budgets either, you can spend as much or as little as you like.
It also gives you the freedom and spontaneity to make last minute travel plans. Make a new travel buddy and want to go off track with them? Be spontaneous! You’ve got nothing stopping you, this is your adventure, you make the rules – and get to break them too.
4. New friends with like-minded people
Travelling solo doesn’t mean you’re alone, it’s actually quite the opposite! If you’re travelling with mates, you’ll likely not feel the need to meet new people. But when you travel solo, you’re forced to make friends everywhere you go and with people from all walks of life.
Whether its meeting some of the characters in hostels (if you know you know), on tour or a night out, making lifelong memories and sharing epic experiences with like-minded travellers creates a bond like no other, especially between solo female travellers! Having the comfort of another girl in the same situation as you gives you that extra boost of support and shared empowerment too. And who knows, you may even find a bestie for life along the way.
If you’re still unsure about being solo and need an extra peace of mind, consider booking a tour. It’s a super easy and guaranteed way to make friends with like-minded travellers!
5. You’ll learn lots about yourself
Travelling solo helps you gain perspective and sense of self-discovery. Without going all Eat, Pray, Love on you, it allows you to overcome different challenges thrown at you and also lets you discover talents and interests about yourself that you probably didn’t know you had. What do you care about, what do you love in others, what’s your passions? All of this accelerates when you’re travelling solo. You will learn so much about the person you will spend your entire life with – yourself. You’ll see the world with new eyes, through different cultures, sharing stories and meeting new people from all walks of life.
6. Freedom from social expectations
A solo trip is the modern-day ‘me time’. Where regardless of age, you’re putting yourself at the top of your priorities. And forget the idea that solo female travel is just for the carefree 20-something singles! Any female regardless of age, relationship status, or situation can benefit from taking leisure trips alone, giving women a sojourn from traditional caregiving roles. Taking a break from everyday society, trends and beauty norms means there’s more room to simply be yourself or find out who you really are.
Feeling inspired and ready to take on the world solo? On our tours, nearly half of our travellers go solo so you won’t be alone! Get ready to make life-long memories with like-minded friends! To start your adventure, find out more about Travel Talk Tours.