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The Solo Female Traveler’s Manifesto

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When I jumped feet first into the big, bad scary world of travel blogging a year ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Though I had been internet writing for over two years, I had interacted very little with what I soon would discover is a whole ‘nother universe of people just as passionate and crazy as me about travel.

Welcome to the club.

While there are many things I take issue with in this bizarre community, at the end of the day I’m happy that such a like-minded and *cough, cough* generally positive group exists. When you choose a life of travel sometimes it can feel alienating, but to find a big group of people who think, feel and behave in similar ways to you makes the decision a less lonely one.

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Journeying to Porto for my first ever travel blogging conference last September, besides being overwhelmed by so many feelings and emotions, what I remember most vividly was this big push for branding yourself and your blog – which let’s be honest here – for me is the hardest thing in the world!

I don’t want to be defined by anyone, damn it!

And what on earth would my brand be? The overly ambitious crazy American girl who has a love-hate relationship with Spain, who is a die-hard Harry Potter fan but can’t stand mayonnaise and who more often than not finds herself in very awkward and uncomfortable situations around the world?

Clearly I have a very business-savvy eye. No one has taken that image yet HA! All mine!

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However, all was not lost, and I began to hear whispers here and there about the ambiguous brand of “Solo Female Travel Blog.”

Was this where I belonged? Female? Check. Traveler? Check. Usually alone? Check (sadface). Blogger? Trying to be.

Four for four. Was this my niche? Did I just find a home in this mildly incestuous world of blogging?

In spite of having accumulated over five years experience traveling the world alone and as a woman, I had never really considered myself “A Solo Female Traveler” even though by happy accident it was the case. I guess the same could be said that even though I attended a women’s college for four years, I never considered myself a feminist. I think this just all goes back to the idea that I HATE being branded as anything.

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To me, I was just a girl who liked writing and traveling and hating having to deal with other people’s crap on the road. I’m more of an introverted adventure-seeker who happens to travel alone and have two X chromosomes. Gimme a backpack and a one-way ticket somewhere pretty and I’m a happy camper. Put me on a tour bus with dozens of other people with no way out, and I kinda want to kill myself.

Suicide jokes aside (sorry!) as annoyed as I was at this branding of “Solo Female Traveler,” after a lot of reflecting, I realized there was a great need for encouraging girls to travel alone, and therefore I was not allowed to hate the idea on principle.

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While I have the tendency to charge through life oblivious to my impact on others, it would be impossible for me to ignore the community I’ve accidentally created by way of this blog – through my stories of finding your passion, getting inspired and following your dreams, mostly for girls but not all the time. Until now, I have been careful in my writing not to alienate myself from the boys, because where’s the fun in that?

Without sounding incredibly cheesy, I think my happiest moments are when I get emails and messages from readers asking advice about traveling the world, alone, female or otherwise. Those are the best, and lately I’ve noticed a lot of feedback from girls.

The older I get and the more experience I gain roaming the world and talking with strangers, the more and more conscious of the gap between men and women in so many different spheres – especially even in the US – I become. Some of the most misogynistic crap I’ve heard around the world has come directly from the mouths of “friends” back home. Shocking.

Maybe I’m becoming a feminist after all.

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This past year has been an enlightening one about women who travel, especially alone. Between the death of Sarai Sierra in Istanbul this winter to the all the media attention of rape in India, many (ignorant fools) around the world have used these tragedies as a platform to question the safety of women who chose to travel alone.

Though I think we can all agree that girls who travel by themselves is not the issue.

While I could sit here and write til I’m blue in the face about all the things that are wrong with this picture, and why I think every girl should travel alone at one point or another in her life, but what good will that do? And what could I say now that hasn’t been said before? Over and over again I might add.

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Instead, I want to seize this opportunity to use my blog for good instead of evil (for once) and try to make a difference. I’m a big believer in inspiration, creating a tiny spark within a person that causes them to go out and try something new, something different, something they might not have otherwise done. I want to inspire girls to travel, and if that means alone, then so be it.

I wholeheartedly believe that every girl should go on a trip alone at least once in their lifetime. While it may not be your thing to roam around the globe solo, or even to travel at all, it’s important to try new things and above all, become independent and self-reliant. Girls are not independent enough. Boom.

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I’m also a hardass. As much as I believe in glass ceilings and continued gender inequality in the workplace, I also firmly stand in the Sheryl Sandberg camp that women hold themselves back. While obvious in so many sectors, it’s definitely true for solo travelers, though that’s is changing fast. Thank you solo female travel blogs!

Women underestimate their own abilities, over and over again. Why? Because that’s how most girls are raised. We grow up in a world where powerful, independent, and ambitious women are frowned upon. Does anyone else find that incredibly sad?

Women need to step up to the plate, and travel happens to be one of the easiest arenas to make that happen. Whether you are going on a day trip from your hometown or backpacking around the world for a year, I encourage each and every girl to travel alone at some point in their lives. I’m not saying that every girl should be a solo female traveler forever, but personally I think everyone should try it once. Men too. I promise the results will surprise.

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If you want to travel, go for it. Make it happen. Don’t hold back.

This is my message for all the girls who’ve reached out to me and those who haven’t, who’ve traveled alone or one day will travel alone.

Here is a space for girls to be inspired. Here is an opportunity to find encouragement. Here is the chance to become part of a community.

Here is the Solo Female Traveler’s Manifesto

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1. We will be brave and won’t be afraid to travel alone 

Without a doubt the number 1 reason why I hear that girls don’t travel alone is because they are scared. Not spoken in so many words, media and news around the world today (especially in America) pounds it into our heads that the world is a dangerous place, but above all, for women. While it would be foolish to ignore the fact that there are more risks involved, I have absolutely no qualms saying that it’s also been widely blown out of proportion.

I get it – it’s scary!

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But there are risks with everything in life, travel included, but are they any higher than what you might be facing back at home? Or worse – are the risks at home higher than ones you might encounter abroad? Personally speaking, in over 30 countries, the most in danger I’ve ever felt was back in DC.

So don’t be afraid girls, or better yet, don’t let an unjustified fear hold you back from something you want to do. For the number of times I legitimately felt in danger, I can give you 1000 examples of beautiful, friendly, and unique moments that surprised me to no end while traveling.

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2. We will also be smart on the road

That all being said, it would be just plain stupid to act invincible on the road. I believe I have not had any incidents because I’m so careful when I’m traveling. Mom always has my itineraries, no matter where I go, so she knows where I am. I’ve carried a doorstop with me for as long as I can remember to keep my door from getting kicked in, and I take a lot of precautions when I’m traveling to avoid potentially dangerous scenarios.

It took a long time but I’ve also learned to trust my instincts. If I feel any way uncomfortable or sketched out, I hightail it outta wherever I am as fast as I can. I’m a firm believer that common sense will help you in the long run. I also believe in learning from past travel experiences, work up to challenging places – don’t just jump headfirst into a possibly “difficult” country. Learn through experience.

Shit can happen anywhere, of course, but being smart and staying away from potentially dangerous situations can go a long way. Sometimes we can run a mile and still not manage to escape bad luck, hence the importance of having a solid travel insurance plan. I use World Nomads who offer customizable and affordable policies which can be altered any time online. Each policy is super flexible and most of them cover ALL of the adventure sports.

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3. We won’t hold ourselves back

Perhaps this is the hardest lesson to learn and to take away, something that I actively work on improving for years: do not hold yourself back. It’s so easy to convince yourself not to take that trip to Paris or that you don’t deserve a vacation down in Mexico, or the most common excuse I hear, you can’t go to A, B, or C because you don’t have anyone to go with you.

Why do you need someone to go with you? Nothing makes me angrier than hearing from people who say how much they want to travel but don’t because they don’t want to go alone.

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Life is about taking chances, trying new things and forcing yourself out of your comfort zone – that’s when you learn and have the most fun! There is a fine line between being adventurous and being stupid on the road, and through experience, you’ll learn to navigate those murky waters to have some of the best memories.

Women face enough obstacles all on their own; don’t let yourself be one of them.

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4. We will be an example to other girls and women

It’s part of the solo girl traveler code to encourage and inspire other girls to travel alone too. An unspoken rule until now, part of the job description is showing people that A. we travel alone as girls and B. we’re ok.

Maybe these women will never travel alone – that’s their prerogative. But maybe they will reconsider their views on solo female travel, which is a  win in my book. If I can get one person who when I first say I’m traveling to so-and-so country alone to change their view from first – “oh wow, that’s so dangerous” to “so-and-so traveled to this place and didn’t have any problems” then I count that as a win.

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I think one of the biggest problems with the view of solo female travel are women who have never traveled alone perpetuating the stereotype that it’s dangerous without any firsthand experience or facts to back it up.

While I never go out of my way to tell people that I travel alone to show off, if it does come up in conversation, I do take pleasure in breaking stereotypes and showing that I’m a little blonde girl who’s traveled alone around the world and I’m still walking and talking, and hey, I am planning on doing it again.

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5. We will be an example to men too, because, let’s be honest, they need it

When I was in Greece this summer, I had a conversation with a guy renting me a car on the island of Paxos that went something like this:

“So who are you traveling with in Greece?” – Greek guy.
“Nobody, just me.” Yours truly.
“So wait, you’re traveling alone?”
Me, “Yes, I usually travel alone.”
Greek guy staring at me like I grew a second head, “Yeah me too, but I am a man!”
Me – slams face on desk in frustration.

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How many times have I had this conversation over the years? Too goddamn many, that’s what. Why is it so astonishing that women can travel alone?

Solo female travel is an opportunity to educate everyone around you – men and women. Take advantage!

I’m not saying that you should actively push girls to travel alone or criticize men for being narrow-minded, but just lead by example. Be honest about your experiences when you meet people. I think that makes the most difference and ultimately can have the biggest impact.

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6. It’s OK to get lonely sometimes but we won’t let it hold us down

If solo female travel has taught me anything over the past 5 years, it’s to learn to be OK with being alone. I mean, that’s a hard lesson to learn! Luckily, I was born a pure introvert, so I love my own company, especially traveling. Group travel stresses me out. When you’re traveling alone, you’re the boss. It makes things so much simpler!

However, I would be lying if I said I never got lonely on the road. By its very nature, solo travel means solitude. Sometimes I get tired of eating meals by myself or going to beautiful places alone – these are moments you might want to share with someone else, right?

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But where I can’t thank traveling alone enough is that it’s forced me from being a shy introvert, to a more outgoing one – talk about contradictions! As soon as feelings of loneliness start creeping in, I force myself to meet new people and make new friends. Whether I join a guided tour or hop on a pub crawl or make conversation with the waiters or people next to me in restaurants, I find a way for human companionship.

It works every time. Also I am very nonthreatening-looking, or so I’ve been told, which leads people to feel comfortable chatting with a perfect stranger. Also, for some reason waitstaff in restaurants tend to pity me and give me free food when I dine alone. As much as I hate the thought of being pitied by a perfect stranger – free food, wahoo!

I’ve traveled mostly solo but also with friends, and these special, small moments of meeting random people do not happen as often when you are in groups. So if you feel lonely traveling, make the effort to meet new people and don’t let it hold you down and destroy your trip.

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7. We’ll learn from our mistakes and we will grow and be shaped by our experiences

No shit Sherlock, right? Right?

Nope. How many times do I repeat the same mistakes traveling? A lot. Usually it takes me between 2 or 3 times of messing up before I learn my lesson. Only once if it’s a big one.

Nowadays, when I screw up on the road, from missing trains to wrong hotel dates to losing things, I actively try to make sure it never happens again.

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And do you want to know where I’ve made the same mistakes traveling? Planning trips with other people. Some of the biggest regrets I have while traveling are NOT when I’ve been alone, but rather when I’ve gone on a trip with people. I think that speaks volumes.

Personally I’ve grown a lot over the past few years and I’ve learned how I travel best. Mistakes, failures and self-growth are irrevocably linked, so it’s important to not get too bogged down with the negative and focus on the positive.

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8. We will make our own choices about what we’re comfortable doing

As much as I preach and ramble on here about the value of solo female travel, at the end of the day, each and every person has to make their own choices and decisions about what they feel comfortable doing and how far they will want to push themselves.

While I do believe it’s important to test yourself, step outside your comfort zone to grow and become independent, what that means varies for each and every person. My version of traveling might now work for you just like yours might not work for me. There is a huge range of travel lifestyles and choices out there. You have to go with what works for you.

Whether you’re hitchhiking around South America alone or escaping to a B&B an hour away or even joining in on guided tours around the world, there plenty of options to chose from.

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9. We will become more independent

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Girls are not independent enough nowadays, and that needs to change.

One of the best things about solo travel is becoming independent and self-sufficient. You become the boss. Don’t deny yourself such a wonderful and fun opportunity to grow and take care of yourself. By having to face big challenges all by yourself, you will become a much stronger, self-sufficient person.

Let travel make you more independent

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10. What are your thoughts?

I want this to be a collective piece. While all of these points have become second nature to me, I know there are many more out there that I’m missing. Have you ever traveled alone? Would you? What was the experience like? Please share your thoughts in the comments for everyone.

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274 Responses to The Solo Female Traveler’s Manifesto

  1. Amy April 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Hi Liz,
    Iv been dreaming to go on a trip around europe for 2 years now and am finally going to do it. Im going June 22nd for 2 weeks, and my parents have been saying I cant go unless I find someone to go with. Im 21, sensible and my dream is to travel! Iv looked at prices and have it all planned, I want to spend 2/3 days in each country and will be getting train between. My plans were Amsterdam- Copenhagen- Berlin- Prague- Vienna- Budapest- Dublin. Where are the best places in europe you have been to?

    • Jessica June 24, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

      My favorite place in Europe is Switzerland if you get the chance go!

  2. Becks April 7, 2014 at 4:34 am #

    Stumbled here whilst looking for info on New Zealand. How refreshing to see you express the fun that solo travel can be. Glad you’ve found your niche.

    I’ve done the same across Europe and the Pacific. It’s not for everyone. But I love it. Grateful to see like-minded souls out there.

    Any tips on Wellington? Spent only an afternoon there last time, looking to stay longer this time.

    Happy travels!

  3. Sayali April 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    your blog was such an amazing read. I came across it when doing some travelling research. I will be travelling to Switzerland alone. Since I’m Asian and I stand out of the crowd immediately, my father is petrified by this plan of mine and he’s all set to pursue me to not take this trip. Reading your blog has inspired me so much that I’m not going to succumb to his pressure at all. Thank you so much! 😀

  4. Kaybee April 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi Liz! I was Googling for females traveling alone in Spain and I found your blog. You inspire me to venture out too. I have been selected for a residency prgramme in Llorence del Penedes, Catalonia, Spain. I don’t speak Spanish nor did I ever travel abroad least alone. I a bit wary about everything, to the point that I am thinking whether to take the journey or not.
    I am very excited at the prospect of traveling and seeing a new place and experiencing a foreign culture but at the same time I am afraid of so many thing… from small exchanges in the airport to the language barrier to the inexperience of taking a cab/ bus/ metro in Spain.
    Is there any tips for me?

  5. Pat May 5, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    Hi Liz,
    Your Blog is indeed inspirational. I speak Spanish, though I am rusty. I figured I could do Spain, Italy, maybe Portugal with lessons beforehand. I think the Basque region of France also uses Spanish. Any suggestions on choosing a trip for a first-time solo female trip to Europe?


  6. Megan May 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    Hey Liz!

    God is it refreshing to find a blog like yours. After reading just this post I totally relate to your travel buggin’ self. I’ve wanted so badly to hop on a plane and fly off somewhere far and new ever since I took my first plane ride as a little rugrat… For years I’ve been waiting to leave the United States and go overseas.. with no luck in securing any companions. My boyfriend went backpacking in Europe for the first time with his cousins after our first year in college… Just a boys trip. Soon after that many other people I know find themselves in Europe for a summer college experience or just to go as a last minute excursion. Many of them men. So often my boyfriend would tell me we can wait til we’re married for us to travel anywhere I want together. But I cannot wait a few more years… Besides wanting to exercise my appetite for single lady (but taken) college grad adventure before taking up the wifey title. So after my last potential companions bailed I finally did it. And booked a three week trip to Amsterdam, Paris, and Venice this summer. One passenger. One carry-on. Although I am meeting up briefly with people we know for about a day, the rest of my trip is entirely alone. And yes, I am a petite ash blondie from Jersey who turned 24 a bit too soon. Not much different from yourself. And I find you to be an inspiration. I have been thoroughly sheltered away from the thought of ever travelling alone despite my professed passion for solo adventures and travelling in general. And I simply can’t wait another year or two or forever for anyone in my life to gather up the funds and set aside the necessary time out of their schedule to accompany me just because I’m A Woman! Okay so I’ve rambled a bit. But it’s so nice to find you. Another restless soul and dreamer. Thank-you for being here so I can read up on all of your insights before I embark 🙂

  7. Candice May 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Liz, what an inspiring blog! I am currently studying at university, but hope and dream to one day build the courage to go travelling on my own. I enjoy my own company, so I imagine travelling alone for a while would be a good thing for me to build up confidence and independence. I have been given the opportunity to go on exchange to the UK for a few months to another university, but I haven’t yet gained the courage to take the leap and organize it. Reading your blog has definitely made me think a lot about it and also consider the regret I will feel if I don’t take a chance and go.
    Thank you, and happy travelling!

  8. Kimberley May 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    I love this!
    I travelled solo myself when I was 19 – from Australia to the US for about 6 months. Three of those six months were really easy – I was teaching at a summer camp so was provided board and lodging and surrounded by supportive, lovely people on a daily basis. I spent a month on a Suntrek tour of the west coast (like Contiki but with less sex and booze!) which was also an amazing experience. Then I really stepped out on my own and spent a month and a bit in New York City by myself, which for a little white girl from Perth, Western Australia was QUITE the learning curve! I have heard so many horror stories about girls travelling solo but not once was anyone less than courteous and super helpful. I say we need more solo lady travellers, how else will we take over the world! 😛
    Kim xx

  9. Makaiah May 22, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Hey Liz! I really appreciated this post, as I am currently planning my solo trip to Rwanda and Tanzania that will take place over the next 7 months. I have never been outside the United States and actually live in Washington, D.C. currently like you used to! However, I have always planned to study abroad in Africa, and I am so excited now that is has become a reality. Although I personally have little reservations about traveling alone, my family and friends constant apprehensive comments have made me nervous as of late. As a 19 yr old blond girl, I know I wont exactly blend into the crowd, but as you said I feel common sense is my key to safety. However, I wanted to ask if you have any other safety tips beyond common sense and the doorstopper while traveling alone? Perhaps if there are any other precautions you take for storing your cash or luggage?

    Besides your help on those questions, I just wanted to praise your feminist remarks on the importance of encouraging female youth travel. While I do consider myself a champion of Sandberg’s thoughts about making the most of your situation and pushing to ahieve your own success, I do feel it is important for you to mention the priviledge entailed in our positions as white, upperclass travelers. Although not all travel costs lots of money, to travel is a priviledge many dont have, not because they lack the desire but because they lack the resources. I appreciate your framing the feminist dialogue in terms of independent travel. However, in the future try to recognize that this form of travel, including the type I am doing to Africa, comes from a place of priviledge and not all women have that ability to act as independent travelers. On that same thought, I believe the priviledge we both have as white, upperclass travelers is reason enough to take advantage of our ability to travel, and that is why I apreciate your championing of the idea. Thanks a lot and hope to hear back from you soon!

  10. courts May 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Just found your blog and I love it, it’s such an inspiration. Ever since I was little there was one thing I always wanted to do and that’s travel and that’s travel. I have done a bit of travel around Australia but only left the country once to Borneo for a month, which was amazing. I really recommend climbing MT Kinabalu it’s an amazing climb. I reading about your experiences and I hope in my near future I can experience some of them myself.

  11. Chermaine Leo May 27, 2014 at 12:56 am #

    Hi Liz, just stumbled upon your blog and absolutely loved it!
    I enjoyed reading every bit of your story and loved how it was both personal and humorous at the same time, keeping the reader’s attention. I liked how you introduced this article with your personal story and continued by sectioning the topics through numbering and bolding the text. I also liked how you used inclusive language, starting off the topics by “We will,” allowing women readers to feel empowered. Most of all, I love the images you have shared, with a mixture of inspirational quotes and your adventures in different parts of the world.

  12. Kate June 16, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    I love this post! As a long-term, solo female traveler myself, I can strongly relate to the points you set out in this article. I have felt the same way for a long time and I appreciate you putting it into words (so succinctly and eloquently, I might add!). Thanks!

  13. A June 25, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    You told a random guy who was renting you a car that you were traveling alone? That doesn’t seem like a safe thing to tell strangers, wouldn’t it be smarter to keep that kind of information to yourself when traveling solo? Nice blog by the way!

  14. Chrissy July 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    I can totally relate to the bit about meeting people. I often travel alone and there are some moments of loneliness but there are so many more opportnities for connection and when it happens it is powerful. It’s exciting not knowing who will share the journey next but people do come and when they do, it’s the most beautiful thing. I would recommend it to anyone.

  15. Nikki August 4, 2014 at 4:29 am #

    I left Australia on a 3 month tour. In 1999. Ha! My feet have barely touched the ground since. That three month tour in Asia taught me so many things, but importantly, it plugged me into the world of teaching English. I did return to Australia to complete my degree and whilst doing so, spent a year in the US on exchange, 3 months in the South Central Americas and then spent the rest of my academic pursuits taking classes externally (in Western Australia) whilst travelling around the state working and studying and working in remote areas. On completion of my program I flew to Thailand for my first teaching job. Got some confidence and then worked in Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany, London, Cambridge and Abu Dhabi before opening a cafe in Sweden. Where I also bought a house. All of this, I have done as a single woman, travelling alone. I have met some wonderful people in my travels and I now have an eclectic circle of friends all over the world.

    And, it amazes me when I think about the role that technology plays in my life. I’m often asked ‘do you miss home / Australia / family / friends etc. The answer is always a ‘no’. Because of course, I’m so well connected using social media and Skype etc. As for booking tickets, arranging travel, translating information, meeting new people, assessing risks, managing financially and researching, researching, researching, the internet is my right hand. Within a week I can look for, apply for, be interviewed for (Skype again!) a job anywhere on the planet. From there, some research on economics/exchange rates, politics culture and society, usually gives me a pretty good risk assessment. In 10 minutes, I can book travel arrangement and, if I wish, be on a flight (or a boat, bus, train, etc) the next morning.

    For anyone thinking about taking off, I can only highly recommend it. Of course sometimes it can get lonely. But so can home. For me, its a balance and as I’ve learned how to manage travelling solo, I’ve grown into myself and am happy to spend time alone. These days its very easy for me, but I do remember my first trip to Thailand when it really did take me about a week to work out how to hail a tuktuk. And later, in Vietnam it took an 8 year old boy to teach me how to cross the chaotic, noisy, polluted streets of Ha Noi. I remember that kid had sat and watched me trying to find a gap in the traffic for ages and I just couldn’t do it – there are no gaps! Finally crossing over to me, he took my hand an pulled me straight into the chaos and, like magic, the cars, bikes, lorries and whatever else that was hurtling towards me simply parted and went around us. And I learned that that is how it works there. And then I learned that it works in some quirky new way everywhere. And that is what makes travelling so much fun. The challenges, new places and new people keep us on our toes. Travel sensibly and you will be safe. And you’ll have a blast!

  16. Hannah August 5, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Hi Liz! I stumbled upon your blog yesterday while on Pinterest at work (shhh! don’t tell!), and I’m so glad I did. We are remarkably similar. I’d say I’ve developed a bit of a girl-crush, but after writing the last sentence it would just seem narcissistic. I’ll turn 25 this month, and, being an independent blonde introvert myself, I relate and agree with everything in this post. There are so many people that act a little scandalized when I tell them I’m traveling on my own, like I’m incapable of taking care of myself in unfamiliar territory. Interestingly enough, I only seem to get these reactions from acquaintances back home, not people I meet abroad. No girl should be scared to travel alone! Anyone who convinces a first-time solo traveler to abandon their plans is doing them a great disservice. I’ll admit, I was apprehensive of how my first solo trip would turn out; everyone’s doubts and worries affected me more than I’d care to acknowledge, but I continued my plans regardless. I’m so glad I did, because I had the best experiences. Being by myself forced me out of my comfort zone, and I met so many friendly and interesting people that I would have never encountered had I brought a companion. Solo travel has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, and I look forward to many more adventures in the future.

    Thank you for being a witty and inspirational voice for all of us categorized as “solo female travelers”, and I’ll continue reading your blog!

  17. Shannon August 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    I would like to start off by saying thank you. Your blog has been a beacon for my wanderlust. I have not had the financial situation to travel, but I’m in my last year of college; therefore once I have the funds I plan on traveling. I have been dreaming of running away to Spain for a month to enjoy the culture and new surroundings and to do some serious soul searching. I have been questioning this decision due to the outcome of traveling solo, but reading your blog has made me confident and comfortable with this idea. I can’t wait to read more from you.

  18. Gaye August 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Thanks Liz for this very inspiring post – I’m so glad I came across your blog via yTravel blog.
    I’ve got a lot of lost time to make up for as I’m about to turn 50 and yes, there are certain fears about travelling alone, but it’s great to know there are plenty of others out there who are doing it and there is an online community of support – so really you don’t need to feel alone at all!
    I look forward to reading more about your adventures.

    • elma May 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

      Hello Gaye. I am about your age and I love to travel. But, it is my first time to travel alone this coming September 2015. I am looking for somebody who is planning to go to Tbilis, Georgia (Europe). Saw some pictures and read mostly positive feedback. Maybe you will be interested….just drop me a line.

  19. Paula August 15, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Hi Liz. My name is Paula and I’m from Brasil.
    I started travelling alone in 2000 one of best things that ever happened in my life. We are in 2014 and people still ask me why I do it. What I usually answer is because I deserve it. I could write so many other reasons but above all because I deserve it. The best of it. Especially to have some time to make my own decisions and observations about my life.
    One of the best points you did here is that women travelling alone can educate men. You are so right. Never heard anyone talk about it.
    Thanks so much for this post. Safe travels 🙂

  20. Marta Marques August 15, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Hi, Liz! I’m Marta, 25, and I’m from Portugal! Reading your post about solo female travel really inspired me! I’m also really passionate about travelling and I’ve already travelled a lot but never alone! I’ve been living the last year in Germany, working and saving some money! Last week I booked my flight for a 3 month trip around South America, ALONE! I’ve always wanted to get to know more outside Europe but first, I didn’t have the money, and second, I didn’t have company, which was holding me back a little! I still have some worries about doing such a big trip in such an unknown place, but I guess if I don’t do it now I will never do it, and I will certainly regret it!
    I haven’t told my parents yet. I just booked it before they change my mind about doing such a thing! I think they themselves also still think that it is not safe for women to travel alone around the world. Like so many other people. Also my friends think I’m a bit crazy! But they will have to get used to the idea!
    Have you ever been to South America? Do you have any tips? Or any tips in general? I’m a bit afraid about security and how I should avoid getting into unsafe places, but I guess we must use our common sense or better…our sixth sense, right?!!

  21. Casey August 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    I was just thinking about your blog, I ran across it right as I was leaving NZ and you were arriving. Just wondering what ever happened to you, I love the manifesto! Keep on keeping on!! Wonderful!

  22. SJ August 27, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    I’ve taken solo trips before and rank them as the times of my life where I have felt truly happiest. As I’ve got older (I’m 29 today! Everyone has forgotten) I’ve worried that I had to choose between travelling and building my career. In all honesty, its a poor excuse and the truth is, I’ve become scared. This post reminded me that I used to pride myself on having a sense of adventure and fearlessness. I liked that girl. I’ve now got a month booked off work and I’m going to Australia. Alone.

    Hope all the ladies out there enjoy their hard earned adventures and thank you for creating such a refreshing and inspirational blog.

  23. Jenny August 29, 2014 at 2:50 am #

    Hi Liz, your pictures are nice. I am also thinking of travelling solo and safely as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Elai September 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi Liz! I gave up my RTW dream until 2 weeks ago – when I found your blog. I’ve backtracked to all your posts and if inspiring females to travel more (solo or not) is part of your underlying motivation in blogging, you’ve got one lady here which vowed to go to at least 12 places (no specifics yet) by 2015. Yey! Thank you! 🙂

  25. Eve Ellis-Carlson October 9, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    I am convinced that you are living the life I was meant to live. I love your blog, and although having a family and living in a funky middle class pocket of suburbia prevents much for travel for myself right now, believe me I will be SHARING this with anyone, including my daughter, who will listen. The empowering of women to be independent, capable and DISCOVER the worth of travel and diversity is unquestionably one of the most important things to my heart. As an artist who looks up to the sky daily thinking: is there more?

    The answer is clear: You better #@$%^’n believe it.

    I will definitely be combing your info on Spain as I would love to go there someday (hopefully by myself but maybe addled with family 🙂 ) Keep at it adventure girl!!!! You have a new fan.

    And P.S. On the subject of occasionally getting lonely on the road: I assure you, it is just as lonely not to fulfill your dreams, submit to failure or fear, or make an excuse not to go for it.

    Now I am going to take my own advice.

    Peace 🙂

    Eve C.(We have same last name…)

  26. Kate October 16, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    I’m so happy I found your blog! I’m a 22 year old Australian planning a solo European trip for a month next year and it is very daunting! I am also a massive introvert, so the idea of a bus tour like Contiki makes me nauseous, but it was looking like my only option as I’m quite nervous about being completely on my own. Reading this post has inspired me to have more confidence in myself, and I will now seriously consider hosteling/training around Europe on my own!

    • Essie November 27, 2014 at 4:00 am #

      Hi Kate (and Liz too, of course!), just wanted to say I’m in the same position – a Brit girl in her 20s planning a month in Europe next year – and I too have been going through the same indecision about joining a group tour. Thank goodness I came across this blog – I’m now looking into booking an interrail pass and just getting out there in the spring! I’ve travelled alone before, but only ever for short spaces of time, so this is the next step. 🙂

      Kate, you will have such a wonderful time in Europe!

  27. R November 3, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    I will be travelling soon by myself and there is a little bit of fear of the unknown and excitement as well. Reading this blog has definitely made me feel better about the whole experience and the excitement is overriding the fear.

    The idea that as women we have been taught to fear the world is very true and that is where the fear of travelling comes from and its sad because there is so much to see and experience and it is a shame so many women aren’t getting a chance to do that because their fear is overriding their curiosity. Common sense about your safety is the most important bit about travelling and trusting your instincts.

    Getting to know the area you are visiting is also my best bit of advice from group travels, know and area even if you just get a map that lays out the area or you spend some time googling where you are going it really helps make the whole experience more comfortable and fulfilling.

  28. Aparajita Gupta November 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm #


    I stumbled upon your blog looking for travel blogs on Turkey. I read a lot of “solo women traveler blogs ” and really liked yours-and your spirit! I too travel a lot on my own, I try to take out time for at least one holiday by myself every year. My trips have mostly been around my own country, India and to Germany, both for work and personal trips, and I started traveling alone for pretty much the same reasons – couldn’t get company for every trip, like my own company and like the freedom to do my own thing while traveling

    I am 30 years old and female and I often get the SAME reactions- on top of that Indians seem to believe in compulsive sociability and I get asked so many times “don’t you get bored/lonely-can’t you find SOMEBODY to take along?”. -I have to do my best not to retort” No, I would get bored traveling with non-like minded people” ! It’s pretty rare even for urban educated independent Indian girls to travel alone in India, though most would be comfortable winging it alone, if need be in Europe.
    I do take group tours occasionally when I am scoping out remote/unknown places because it can get a bit dangerous when you don’t know the lay of the land. I do plenty of stuff on my own too- I think every time I travel I become more aware, and I have had some lovely experiences where I have trusted local people.
    So wishing you all the best for your future travels, and feel free to get in touch if you visit India!

    • Niharika Nahata March 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

      Hi Aparajita,
      I am from India too and looking forward to a solo trip, which I have been planning in my mind for a long time. I have cut down on 2 destinations, from which I need to choose one, Germany or USA. I am really very confused and I do have the fear of unknown! But I have a very supportive family and they have been encouraging me to take one! I just read your reply to Liz and I found that even you had traveled solo to Germany. So I was keen to know if you could help me with any points that I need to keep in mind while planning my trip?

      Wishing you many more travel experiences ahead!!!

  29. hana girl December 6, 2014 at 3:28 am #

    I rarely drop responses, however after looking at
    through a few of the remarks on The Solo Female Traveler’s Manifesto – Young Adventuress.

    I actually do have a couple of questions for you if it’s okay.
    Could it be only me or does it give the impression like a few of the responses look
    like they are left by brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are
    posting on other online social sites, I’d like to keep up
    with anything new you have to post. Would you list of the complete urls of all your social networking sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

  30. Pratiwi December 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Hi, 1st time I saw ur web when I searching about winter trip in NZ, I start to traveling alone in 2012 and keep going until now, sometimes I write about my trip in my blog but not as often as you did in your website. But now I’m thinking to be more serious in travel blogging, do u have any advice or any source who can help me to develop my travel writing.

  31. Ruthie December 11, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    Wow. So i love this blog because this is exactly what i want to do. And this inspires me but I am so terrified of the initial logistics (i.e. money, no home, no job security) and for that… i fear i never will. That thought kills me. I want nothing more than to take off. I just wonder how you made that leap and what you did to prepare yourself for it?

    I mean I’m only 23 but live the life of a 40 yr old, working as an engineer and paying the bills. Being such an introvert spending hours alone because that i despise the normal day to day grind of work, pub, home and general chit chat (makes me sounds horrible, i know). But surely there is so much time for me to save up right.. just hope i don’t get sidetracked or convince myself of staying to work.

  32. Pauline December 27, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    Your an inspiration 🙂

  33. Zach January 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Good for you!

    I would love to travel the world I just don’t know where I would get the money. At lest you could work as a translator or a teacher! That is great so excited for you!

    Now I just need to find my way!

    Thank you for reigniting my thirst for adventure!

    And good luck to you!


  34. Tahlia Swain January 30, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    Hey Thanks so much your blog is awesome and has given me a lot of insight and just that little spark that I needed.
    The reason I am writing to you is because I’m wondering if you have any advise for me ?

    So I am in Sweden at the moment on exchange, i have only been here 2 weeks, but as per my plan, i am eager to roam around Europe as much as possible (considering i have come so far from Australia).
    I mean i came on exchange by myself to the most foreign country i could imagine, but now that i am here you naturally find yourself eager to make other exchange friends and begin, in a way relying on them, in regards to planning trips and things. But as of the 9th of Feb i have 14 days off and know that it is my time to prove to myself that i can take the whole independence thing that one step further. By that i mean like even away from exchange where i knew i would come and make friends.

    So, all in all, I’m wondering if you have any advise for me in regards to what country would be a good place to ease myself into this and where i guess took your breath away, because i am not fussy at all with where I go but am just open minded to any advise that i can receive.

    Thanks so much, and thank you for your amazing and inspiring blog!!


  35. Emily February 7, 2015 at 6:02 am #

    Hello Liz, so I am thinking about going on my spring break in Europe alone because I can not find anyone who wants to go with me. I have a set schedule. Florence, Italy to Barcelona, then to Paris, London and Dublin and then back for 10 days. So you felt completely safe traveling alone? Is hostels a good idea? Its only 2 days in each city, but I’m still a little nervous


  36. Crystal | The Poor Explorer February 26, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    Hi Liz! this is a great, inspirational article. Good job! I’ve been travelling solo for a couple of years and it’s just natural to me. It takes me a bit to remember sometimes that not all women feel comfortable doing what I am.

    The only thing about the article I would contest is sometimes it’s safer to not be so open about being alone. Sometimes (usually to hotel workers) I just lie and say I have friends at another hotel or a boyfriend coming later… Just because I don’t want open myself up to predators when they know where I live.

    Also where is that amazing blue swimming hole just below the hot air balloon pic???

  37. Niharika Nahata March 2, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    Hey Liz… So where are you heading now!!?!! I was going through some solo trip guidance on the internet and I came across your article on young adventuress. Its really inspirational.. I have never been on a solo trip but now I am planning one. I am confused about the destination. I am thinking of either Germany-France or USA. And yes I am being skeptical about the whole scenario. But your article has boasted my soul and I am positive in taking one trip asap!! hank you for this article Liz. I wanted to know how safe will it be to stay at various youth hostels instead of a proper hotel? I am nervous :/ plz send in your suggestions.. I plan to start my trip in april.
    Tnx.. And Bon voyage for your new destination!!

  38. Samantha March 16, 2015 at 4:13 am #

    Wow..such a beautifully written blog..You may have just jumpstart my RTW adventure..
    P/S Can i be friends with you? 🙂

  39. Lynda March 17, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Hi! I’ve been a solo traveler in the states, but am going to be having a European month adventure in June. Yes, I’m a bit weary, but there’s a bigger part of me that is excited! 🙂 Reading your blog and looking at your pictures just gives me a little more peace in knowing it’ll be ok. Thank you!

  40. Jessica March 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm #


    First let me just say your blog gave me some great inspiration. I’ll be traveling to Spain soon, unfortunately only for a week, but I will get to meet new family members. This is the first trip I am going to do all by myself-well actually second- but I won’t have the comfort I have from campus(I’m actually studying abroad). I am going to a new country, staying in a place that I know no one, and eventually meeting family. It feels a lot more terrifying than when I decided to study abroad. The thing is that I am an extrovert! I love meeting new people and talking but I am also a Libra which means I hate being alone and so I don’t have that reassurance. Deep down however, is the other smaller things that scare me such as, being in the airport and being completely confused about where to go, arriving at the Hostel only to be roomed with 8 other strangers, and then what to do in a city alone.

    I don’t want to pass out this opportunity to see lovely Spain but how could I rid myself of these feelings. Its making me feel like I should just turn back and wait till a friend of mine is available to go with me yet part of me wants to go ahead with the trip and learn to love being at the comforts of myself. Anyway, Is there anything you can recommend for me? Anything at all would help.

    Thanks for the good read and wish you all the best,

  41. Tracey Southwell April 3, 2015 at 3:57 am #

    Hi I actually read your blog this is very informative. Planning my first solo trip.

    Thanks very much.

  42. Mikolaj April 5, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    It is impressive for me always when I hear about alone travelers, especially women. Good for you you are so brave!

  43. Lina April 29, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    I love this. Last year I was 17 and had my first solo-traveling experience. It was only for about a week, though. I went on a 5-week long backpacking trip around Europe with a few friends, and for the last week I decided to try the whole solo-thing out.

    I wish I’d traveled more on my own then, but believe me, I will in the future. Although I had a few lonely moments, they were usually followed by some sort of discovery, spontaneous decision that lead to good things, or meeting someone I never would’ve talked to otherwise.

    Traveling alone I was also able to discover an entire little community of other solo travelers. At times my previous friend group had up to four people (including me) which I’m sure made us less approachable, and took up a lot of room in the medium-sized hostel rooms we stayed in. (They often gave us our own room.) When I checked into a hostel alone, they put me in a room with a bunch of other, female solo travelers. It wasn’t long before we were all talking and I’m sure I would’ve ended up traveling with some of them, had I not been approaching the end of my trip.

    As far as safety goes, I just wouldn’t travel alone at night again. (I was traveling by train.) At least I would make sure to only go between major train stations. In hindsight, night-training through France does seem like an obviously-bad idea, haha. Besides then I usually felt safe. **I stayed in areas and walked on streets that had other, regular people/pedestrians.**

    • Lina April 29, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

      P.S. My Instagram is @SomeThingsofPictures 🙂

    • Brianna June 4, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      Hi Lina!!
      I find ur story really encouraging! ! Im currently 17 and trying to get to china! My partner, Randy, and his friend Evan are moving out their I september of this year to teach english in Changsha, Hunan, China and id really love to leave with them but to do the program you have to be 18! ; A;
      Id love to travel abroad on my own for a while or find a way to stay in china eith them before I turn 18 but dont jnow how to go about it!! I much ratger go in 3 months then 9!
      Thanks for sharing your story!!

  44. france road trip May 13, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    This is just gorgeous !*love* it all as the messages, the pictures and the quality of the writing. Thanks !

  45. elma May 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Hello Liz,

    Your blog encourage me to proceed with my plan to try solo travel. I usual travel with my bf before we separated ways and now, I still have the urge to travel BUT alone. Yes, I am a little bit scared but reading your blog pushed me to try….being alone. Thanks Liz, I am booking for a Tbilisi, Georgia trip this September. Anybody going there? What about you Liz?

  46. Danika June 17, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    I’m calling it… You’re the Beyoncé of travel! You go girl!

    I did a huge solo trip a couple of years ago, and it couldn’t have gone better. I got to do exactly what I wanted, when I wanted, without having to argue/decide/worry about anyone else (which meant I got to divulge my inner history nerd in just about every WWII museum in existence haha).

    I only had one scary moment – I was groped up the back of my skirt while boarding a train in Vienna by a homeless man…. yuckkk – and as much as it disgusted me, it taught me to wear pants when using public transport. Just kidding. I’ll wear whatever the fuck I want. TRAVEL BEYONCE

  47. folding house June 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Cell phones, laptops, oversized electronics These must be taken out and put through the X ray scanner at the security check point. For laptops, take them out of any laptop bags to be examined. Label your laptop with contact information in case it gets lost.
    folding house

  48. GirlViewWorld July 23, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    Thank you for the travel tips! I have a few of my own regarding safety. Please check it out at and let me know what you think 🙂

  49. Sarah Willats September 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Hi Liz! I re-discovered this post through your feature on Buzzfeed this week along with 16 other amazing and inspiring solo female travelers. Congrats and thank you for linking this post there so that I and many others could read it again! 🙂

    Anyway, I love the post and can totally relate on many of the points you touched on. I’ve been traveling solo for the past 5.5 years and I can’t really get enough of it. The allure of solo travel and going places on my own started when I was in Spain as a student (and capable of getting around with the language -which opened a whole new world to me). I took my first solo day trip to Ronda and fell head over heels for solo travel. It was easier to meet people and talk to people on the bus ride to/from the town. I had been wondering why it was so hard for me to meet and talk to people one-on-one that first month of study abroad and it was because I was always going to places in groups. As soon as got the courage to break away from the group -who ended up not being my true friends in the long run-, things got easier. At times they got scarier but I made some great memories and lifelong friends once I summoned up the courage and went out on my own.

    I do like to take trips with friends and family but I do those sparingly now. Not because we’re all in different parts of the world but because my travel style doesn’t always match theirs. There are just a handful of people I know that can travel well with me and I love to have them come along when they can. I appreciate them a lot. Most of the time, however, traveling solo allows me to recharge, redefine myself and appreciate the people and places around me more. I really love those little things or short, memorable conversations you have with people on a trip – whether you are already at your destination or on your way.

    Being from a conservative background and a smaller town in the Midwest, my friends and family here often don’t approve of my desire to travel solo. They want me to play it safe and go with a tour group or not to talk to guys I don’t know at all. I take their advice with a grain of salt and follow my gut instinct. Our “sixth sense” as someone called it above. The thing they don’t realize (or hear about) is how much research I do before I go on a trip to a new location. How many blog posts, travel guides and language tips I pour over before I go. That I always take things with me to protect me or help me get out of an uncomfortable situation or to find a quick escape route.

    At the end of the day, traveling solo and seeing the world one country at a time makes me really happy. I could have become bitter after seeing all my friends cross off big milestones in their lives and families but I choose not to. And it’s a choice I have to make daily. For now I’m just content to travel, live overseas and learn as many languages as I possibly can. Until I meet someone who can fit into my life well, I’ll just keep on traveling solo and seeing the world. And after we meet, I’ll still try to travel alone whenever I can!

    Keep up the awesome work, Liz and keep inspiring the rest of us! with your stories! I can’t wait to see where your solo travels take you in the coming years. 🙂

  50. Hannah October 21, 2015 at 5:14 am #

    I totally disagree about girls being brought up in a world where independent women are frowned upon. We live in a world, or at least I should say, we live in a country -US/UK where we are taught we can do anything we want to and we can have it all- whether that be a career, a stay at home mum, a traveller, etc., etc. however, people like yourself still manage to make out that we’re missing out on something. You say ‘women need to step up to the plate’… How about saying women need to be happy doing whatever makes them happy. What if some women don’t want to ‘step up to the plate’? Why are you making people feel bad for not doing all of these adventurous / exciting things? I totally agree with some aspects of feminism, particularly with regards to equal pay and other very specific things, but sometimes I think people go overboard- it’s the 3rd world countries you should put your effort into changing. Or maybe changing the fact that women actually don’t lack confidence because of the way society is unequal, they lose their confidence from spending hours and hours taking selfies, posting them on social media, and comparing themselves and their lives to everyone else out there with an ‘amazing’ Facebook life.

  51. H-A-B October 26, 2015 at 5:26 am #

    Great blog Liz!

    Personal safety and self defense is so important for us women travelers and we should all be prepared to fight back effectively if the need ever arises.

    I have been teaching Krav Maga to women and girls for over 5 years now and we teach a very effective technique which I feel should should be in every woman and girls arsenal. We are a women only event, run by women, for women, and this is the extremely effective technique what we teach to women of all ages.

    The technique is the “groin grab” self defense technique which is to be used against a male attacker, which is now taught in many womens self defense classes, and there is actually a little trick to it…

    To execute this technique, you’re going to take your hand and quickly grasp between the attackers thighs underhand. Its going to feel like you’re “cradling” the testicles. Quickly grab them and dig your fingertips into the fragile skin BEHIND the scrotum. Then, once you have a good grip, you turn your hand into a vice, with your fingers digging inwards, around the back and over the top of the testicles. If you do it right, you should feel the testes INSIDE your hand which is holding the scrotum. You want, whenever possible, to hook your fingers over and around at least one testicle. One of them is enough.

    Then, with your hands in a claw and your fingertips latched around the testes, you turn your hand sharply, as though you were turning a doorknob. Simultaneously, squeeze hard and pull the testicles away from his body as fast and as hard as you can. Do not let go of them. This is important. What happens then, is that your assailant usually screams out in pain and then tries to grab the wrist of your hand holding him in a futile attempt to try to get you to release him. Don’t. He then quickly loses one of the natural advantages he usually has over us (his strength) within a matter of seconds. Vomiting, curling over, collapsing and convulsing is common. Shock and unconsciousness can set in within 8 seconds. When he collapses, which he will, you get away to safety as quickly as possible and call for help.

    It’s never too late to perform this technique at any stage of an attack, and that even includes the option of reaching down if he’s on top of you, but it is easiest to do when the testicles are exposed and closest to you where you can grab hold of them. I’ve actually met several women in my life who have fought off their attackers in this way and one did it when her attacker was on top of her and raping her at the point he lost control. Don’t ever hold back. Some women scream while they are doing this, and some women think of a loved one being harmed to help overcome any bad feelings of hurting someone else even if they are being hurt themselves. Do whatever you have to do if you feel it helps.

    If done properly, and done with enough force, this technique can even lead to the testicles rupturing. It’s actually easier to do than most women believe, and just about all of us have the capability to injure an attackers testicles in this way – whether we are young girls still of school age, or whether we are great grandmothers. We have no part of our bodies as vulnerable as a mans testicles. After all, if you think about it testicles are just small objects of extreme vulnerability to pain squishiness wrapped in a delicate layer of skin which offers them no protection at all from this kind of counterattack by a woman. Most importantly, this fact holds true no matter what size your attacker is, nor how strong he is. And no matter how angry he is, and how much he’s threatened what he’s going to do to you, he’s going to drop. Don’t let anyone (usually men) try to convince you otherwise.

    I know that this advice would have been a difficult read for many women, but our lives are worth far more than a rapists testicles and we should be prepared to do whatever it takes to get away to safety. Please help to share this advice with as many other women and girls in any way you can. It could one day be a life saver.

  52. Kaylee November 28, 2015 at 5:54 am #

    Ahhhh, this was amazing! I’m one of those people who’s been holding back because they don’t want to travel alone… This was exactly what I needed to hear (or read)!!!! Thank you for being awesome.

  53. Rachel December 15, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    Wow, what a great read! I have been following you on Instagram but so glad I stumbled across this read! Going to Nee Zealand for 6 weeks this coming January, and it will be my first solo travel experience. The manifesto has just given me a pep talk! 🙂

  54. Sophie December 29, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    Awesome blog!

    I caught the travel bug last summer on a 3 week interrail trip across Europe with my best friend. Unfortunately I don’t have anyone to go with next summer so I’m thinking of taking the plunge as a solo traveler at the age of 19 – this blog is definitely boosting my confidence in doing this!

    Now to decide where to go and start planning…

  55. Katrina January 2, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    I am solo traveling through Germany right now, and it is so nice to hear about another woman’s solo travels. I speak fluent Spanish and am spoiled when I travel in South America and feel super vulnerable when I’m in a place where I don’t even know basic phrases. I feel like it’s common to have really high highs and really low lows. I am happy when I am around beautiful views and meandering through cobble stone streets, but when I have trouble communicating or miss a bus because I couldn’t understand a logistical piece, I get lonely and frustrated and wish I had friends with me. And for me the worst part is eating alone because I people act like women are crazy and weird for traveling alone. So thanks for the advice and encouragement!! Keep doing what you’re doing.

  56. Rae W. January 21, 2016 at 2:57 am #

    What a wonderful site.!!! Really enjoyed your enthusiasm and writing… Having traveled alone for quite a few years…( I’m going to be 78 in March) and still love the excitement of making plans to visit places I have never been. I enjoy cruising now and always leave the ship in port and find something wonderful to do alone. Have met some fun people from all over the world both on board and in cities…and yes, I do keep in touch with them. My friends do not enjoy adventure of any type. They have given up skiing and camping and would not consider cruising alone. (and I am too selfish to share such a small space as a ships cabin, even one with a balcony!) Right now I am completing my travel plans for a transatlantic cruise to the Azores, Portugal, Spain, France and England… Lots to see an do at each port and will stay over in London for a few days. My motto: “My favorite thing is to go where I have never been”.
    ……….Travel ON!!

  57. Val February 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    I’ve been thinking of travelling alone for a really long time now… Seems almost impossible to find someone to go with me/coordinate the same places that I want to visit first. And to be truly honest, I’ve always been told that it is extremely dangerous to go alone and especially if you’re a woman!!! And i HATE that. Why can’t I have that independence, the power to say that i’m leaving. What I want to know, is where to start?! 1. Buying ticket 2. Finding place to sleep? – I’m lost and confused already. Help me.

  58. Sandra K March 22, 2016 at 1:28 am #

    I know this blogpost is kind of old, but it came up on Pinterest today and just wanted to leave a small “thank you”. I’ve been thinking about going on my first solo trip (even though I’m happily married) for a while now and I think this post gave me the final push to actually do it 🙂
    So thanks 🙂

  59. Betsy June 4, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Thank you so much for writing this. I just got out of a three year relationship and I just thought it was inspiring to go out on a trip that I can do by myself. Thank you giving me the courage to travel alone. I’ve been looking at places to travel and are affordable which is kinda hard to do. But I’m getting there. If you have any input where to travel I would greatly appreciate it!

  60. Alanna July 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm #


    What a such inspiring text! I’m about to face my 1st solo journey in Montevideo and it’s true: I’m a little bit afraid and sometimes I don’t even know how to name my fear. As woman, I agree that most of us were raised just to have an generalised fear of everything. This must change.
    I traveled before and I had some tours that I was all by myself in China and Peru, but I had people in the same city I was. This time is different, but I wanna give it a try, just like you said. I wanna get out of my confort zone. Thanks for the text! Keep on travelling!

  61. Perviz Surti November 19, 2016 at 12:15 am #

    I love travelling solo too, but occasionally when you do experience some awesome sights/moments, that you wish a certain person was there to experience it too!.
    But like you say the being able to organise you own time and travel plans is great, without any stresses of debates or differences with travelling companions. And as a woman I always assess reasonable risks. But at the end of the day nothing can prepare you for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m 55 and still travel alone and takes jobs overseas. I love it!

  62. samar November 22, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    Thank you for the great read! I noticed the last post was commented in 2014. I am 22 and planning to head to Turkey then Europe as a solo female traveler December 2016! Your blog has reminded me to put in time to research and reflect on ways to be more cautious and safe while traveling alone. Thanks!


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