Whether it is for a weekend trip or around-the-world journey, traveling solo can be the most terrifying thing a woman ever decides to do.
But it shouldn’t be like that, as 70% of solo travelers are women.
It can also be the most empowering, transformative, and incredible experience you ever have.
If you dream of traveling the world but aren’t sure if you can do it on your own, let these 11 reasons why women should travel alone persuade you to take the plunge.
Some say – why should women travel alone? I say – solo female travel is a direct path to empowerment.
So let’s look at some of the reasons to travel alone.
- 1. It’s empowering
- 2. It builds confidence
- 3. You get to know yourself
- 4. You will learn a lot
- 5. You will meet more people
- 6. The world is not as dangerous as you think
- 7. You can do whatever you want
- 8. It’s a chance to meet other inspiring women – and to inspire others
- 9. No stress, no drama
- 10. There’s no one to judge you
- 11. It will give you a whole different perspective on life
1. It’s empowering
You’ll start to realize you don’t need anyone else to get things done. You will figure everything out for yourself and start to understand that the only person you need to rely on is yourself.
You will become self-sufficient as you cope with all kinds of difficult situations, and that’s just one of the best benefits of traveling alone.
Traveling alone will also teach you to ignore all of those voices telling you what women can/can’t, should/shouldn’t do. Who said a woman can’t walk into a bar and get a drink alone? No one worth listening to, that’s for sure.
2. It builds confidence
There is nothing like solo female travel to build confidence in a woman. Things that were once scary for you will pale into insignificance after you have haggled in the souks of Morocco, ridden chicken buses through Nicaragua, or couchsurfed in France.
It’s a challenge, and challenges make you grow. Women traveling alone will become more confident, independent, and self-reliant: overall just more badass.
If badass doesn’t scream a good enough reason to travel alone, I don’t know what does then.
3. You get to know yourself
One of the most important reasons why women should travel alone, especially younger ones, is that solo traveling as a woman gives you a LOT of time for soul-searching.
It sounds like a bad cliché, but it is very true.
Spending time by yourself is always a good opportunity for reflection, multiplied by 100 if you are sitting on a mountaintop somewhere.
You will get very comfortable with your own company and have the chance to really evaluate what is important to you.
4. You will learn a lot
Traveling solo gives you more time to absorb and reflect on your surroundings. Without the distraction of travel companions, you can quietly observe how people behave and interact.
Having to do all of the speaking for yourself, you will pick up words and phrases in foreign languages. Being open to new experiences, you will try new foods, explore new places, and wear new clothes.
Why travel solo?
You will definitely have to learn quickly how to step outside of your comfort zone in order to get things done, which also comes in handy later in your professional life.
5. You will meet more people
Traveling with friends or a significant other might sound like it would be more social, but one of the biggest disadvantages of traveling with others is actually the isolating effect it has.
When traveling alone you are much more approachable, so it is easier to meet people. Fellow travelers and locals are more likely to strike up a conversation with a solo woman than a group.
By the time your solo adventure comes to an end, you will have countless new friends and connections that you might have missed had you been traveling with another person.
6. The world is not as dangerous as you think
Fear for their safety is what keeps many women from traveling alone. The reality is though, the risk to your safety while traveling is usually no more than when you are at home.
Sure, robberies and other incidents can happen while traveling, but they can happen in your own country as well.
Traveling alone as a woman is the best possible way to break down your own misconceptions that the world is a big scary place.
7. You can do whatever you want
In my opinion, women as a gender are looked as the givers (give the better toast to your children, take the burnt one instead), but personally one of the best benefits of traveling alone is that you can be as egoistic as you want.
You get to be gloriously selfish. You can head in any direction you choose, without having to factor in anyone else’s wants, needs, or vacation time. You have complete freedom, and that is truly liberating: every day becomes a treat yo’self day.
No need to drag yourself to museums to please a history buff friend, or blow your budget in a fancy restaurant because a foodie friend has to try it. You only have to please yourself, and you don’t even have to feel guilty about it.
8. It’s a chance to meet other inspiring women – and to inspire others
If you think other women have it all together, they’re well-dressed, fit, healthy, happy, funny…. bla, bla, bla, then…. 1) stop looking at Instagram photos 2) it’s just another sign why you should travel alone.
You will feel instant bond of solidarity when you see other women traveling alone. Meeting these women and hearing their stories will inspire and encourage you to travel further and longer.
And you may not realize it, but you will be giving the exact same feeling of #travelinspo to your friends back home. Seeing you conquer the world alone will be inspiring to a lot of women you know – it won’t be long before they are asking you how you do it.
9. No stress, no drama
The best part about not having a travel buddy is that you don’t have anyone to clash with. Traveling with others is an intense test of any relationship. When you spend 24 hours of the day with someone, it’s hard not to get irritated with them.
Things as simple as choosing where to eat can become major discussions which escalate into arguments, tantrums, and friendships ruined forever. In contrast, your solo female odyssey will be totally drama free.
10. There’s no one to judge you
This may be just the only reason to travel alone you need to hear to say yes to solo traveling.
If you want to take a break from sightseeing and spend all day in bed, that’s OK. If you want to eat pizza for every meal (including breakfast) that’s OK too.
If you want to eat your weight in cheese just because you’re in France, there’s no one there telling you to watch your calorie consumption. If you want to walk five miles to save on a cab fare, there will be no one around to accuse you of being a cheapskate and complain every step of the way.
As a solo female traveler you will be operating in a strictly judgement-free zone. Which is the nicest kind of zone (unfunny reference to painful waxings of the bikini zone). Embrace it.
11. It will give you a whole different perspective on life
Far away from everyone you know, without the pressures of society dictating your actions, you will get perspective on your life – this single point is absolutely why you should travel alone.
Without even noticing it, you will start to lose interest in all the little things that just don’t seem important anymore.
Who really cares about new season shoes when you are island hopping in Panama? Why would you want to watch the latest series on Netflix when you have all the nightlife in Barcelona as entertainment?
Why travel solo? Your priorities will change, in the best possible way.