When I told my boyfriend Austin I was going to branch off my Paris trip and take the train to Amsterdam and Brussels by myself to explore, he was not surprised. He was a little wary, but mostly happy that I would get to see parts of the world I’ve never seen before. In past relationships this wouldn’t have flown, but I’m lucky to have someone who admires my independence and trusts me to make smart decisions. He also knows there’s no stopping me; this was probably the third or fourth time I’ve traveled by myself since we’ve been together and he knows I enjoy it.
I can’t say the same for my parents and friends. One of my girlfriends was so worried that she kept looking at me like she’d never see me again. A mutual guy friend turned to my boyfriend and goes “Are you going to allow her to do this!?” and I can’t really tell you who’s reaction was funnier, mine or Austin’s. Seriously though, too many people have seen the movie taken and it’s really clouding their judgement.
There is so much fear around women traveling by themselves; more in America than in other countries, I think. This fear is prohibiting so many women from going places they want, because society tells them it’s not safe. While it’s important to be vigilant and smart about where you go, you shouldn’t be afraid to travel by yourself.
Traveling alone is one of the most invigorating things a young woman can do. You will learn so much about yourself, you will strengthen your independence and instincts while becoming more aware of your abilities. You will make friends with people you’d never get the chance to speak to if you weren’t alone, and you will overcome challenges with the help of no one but yourself. I can’t say it’s always easy and sometimes it gets lonely, but part of the greatness of overcoming those things is doing it by yourself.
So I suggest -no- I strongly urge all women to try traveling by themselves at least once in your lives. It doesn’t have to be international; even a new city you’ve never seen before but have been dying to go to. Stop waiting to see the world until your friends or significant other give you the ok to do so, because life is too short to be waiting on other people for your own experiences. You don’t have to be rich to do it, you just have to be smart and compare your options. So go- do your research, pack your bags, and get out there to see the world!
Stay tuned for more tips on traveling alone without breaking the bank, coming soon.
Questions on where to go? Had a great solo travel experience? Feel free to share in the comments below!
5 thoughts on “Why all Women should Travel Alone at least Once in their Lives”
yes, travel on your own can be quite rewarding. I spent a month in Paris last year, trial run, exploring my options, “do I want to move here?” I’ve been very fortunate, I’ve travelled as a single 20 something, then with my husband and as a family. I’m on my own again, it’s different this time around, it’s freeing…but I wouldn’t trade my travels without that special person…
Agreed, Llorea! While it’s important to have experiences like this to grow as a person, it doesn’t take away from the magic of traveling and seeing the world with those you love. All about balance! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I am in a group of women travelers on Facebook, and there are always women posted having issues with their significant others, families, friends about wanting to travel alone. Amazing, in 2018!
It’s crazy! It’s about time for them to get with the times. Thanks for commenting!