What is Solo Female Travel?
Solo Female Travel = When a woman makes the decision to travel, because her overwhelming desire to explore the world overrules her fears, misgivings, and concerns ~ whether they are hers, her family and friends, or society’s at large. Solo female travel is, by its nature, a very personal decision, and one that is often driven by a very deep, innate curiosity.
Who is the Solo Female Traveler?
Why Solo Travel?
Why would someone want to solo female travel, anyway? Isn’t it always more fun to travel with other people?
I would argue that no, it’s not always necessarily better to travel with other people. That in fact, that some of the best moments in travel come when a woman is all by herself. Some of my best moments in travel have come when I was entirely alone. And I believe that certain moments in life are more poignant, more deeply felt ~ when experienced alone.
Traveling with good friends brings about an entirely different kind of pleasure, through shared experience. But I believe there is most definitely a place for, and indeed a need for, solo travel. It’s where we discover some of our most profound insights. It’s where we allow ourselves proper time and space to reflect. It’s where we make important decisions about our lives. And all of these things can be hard to do when surrounded by too much noise ~ whether from the world, the news, or just life’s general daily distractions.
If you’re a lover of the outdoors, or an explorer by nature ~ then I believe you already know what I’m talking about, when I discuss this love of solo female travel. If you’ve read and been touched by any of the following books: Wild ~ Eat, Pray, Love ~ Women Who Run with Wolves ~ or Into the Wild ~ then you probably also know what I’m talking about. I’ve created this website for YOU, to be used as a resource, and a reminder of why solo female travel is so important for the adventurous and independent soul of women.
Where Have I Solo Traveled?
Countries Where I Have Traveled Solo:
Thailand, Greece, Turkey, Great Britain (England), Ireland, Croatia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Portugal, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Iceland, and all over the United States.
Top 10 Countries I Would Recommend for Solo Female Travel (listed in order of GPI Peace Ranking):
Iceland (#1), Austria (#3), Portugal (#5), Switzerland (#7), Ireland (#12), Croatia (#26), Costa Rica (#33), Italy (#39), the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador = #76), Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico (#140). **Note: ALL of these countries are statistically safer than the United States (except Mexico), as the U.S. is ranked #103 ~ just before Brazil and Cambodia.
What is the Global Peace Index (GPI)?
The Global Peace Index is a ranking of nearly every country in the world, in order to measure the level of peace (and lack of violence) in each country. The GPI determines this by measuring each country’s level of safety and security, the extent of conflict that exists both domestic and international, and finally, their level of militarization. Based on these rankings, the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland (#1), and the least peaceful country in the world (as of 2016) was Syria (#163).
As you can see, most of the countries I’ve recommended for solo female travel are ranked among the safest countries in the world. However, I’ve also included the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Mexico does have a high degree of violence ~ but it tends to be fairly specific to certain regions of the country. And as far as regions go, the Yucatan in Mexico is one of its most peaceful provinces.
Solo Female Travel Blogs
Solo Female Travel in Peru
Over the course of several years, I’ve spent many months in Peru as a solo traveler. This post takes you inside solo female travel in Peru..
Solo Female Travel in Colombia
Colombia is often seen as a dangerous place to travel. Personally, I found the opposite to be true. Here is my advice for solo female travel in Colombia!
Solo Female Travel in Antigua, Guatemala!
I spent over two weeks as a solo female traveler in charming Antigua, Guatemala. I’ll discuss that time & any safety concerns in this article, “Solo Female Travel in Antigua!”
Is Oaxaca Safe for Solo Travel?
Is Oaxaca safe for solo travel? Or is it just safe for travel, period? Mexico often gets a bad rap, & certain parts are dangerous ~ but definitely not all.
Solo Female Travel in Medellin, Colombia
Solo female travel in Medellin, Colombia??! Isn’t that one of the most dangerous cities in the world?? We look at statistics & personal experience here..
Moray Ruins in Peru & Head-on Collisions…Oh MY!!
Once upon a time…we visited the Moray Ruins in Peru, a series of circular, Inca terraces ~ but on the way home, we got in a head-on collision! Read on…
Books to Inspire Solo Female Travel…