Say that you have plans to travel and everyone around you will undoubtedly be jealous of your worldly adventures. Say you're going to travel alone, and you may very well be met with a few, “You're crazy…”s alongside the “I'm so jealous!”‘
Be a woman, and those preconceived dangers and fears increase even more.
Thankfully, there's a new e-book in town, The Art of Solo Travel, by seasoned globetrotter, Stephanie Lee. It provides all the ins and outs of solo travel made especially for a the “un-average” female. She is described as fiercely independent, determined and sometimes dead stubborn, seeking fulfillment through unconventional means, tired of the rat-race, unmotivated by money, a risk-taker, thirsty for the unknown, and with an impulsive streak at the guides beginning. But, if you ask me, it is not that unusual to be a daring girl… I know many.
As such, I believe that this e-book, has global female appeal. It is both well-written and well-researched (through experience, of course), and provides a wealth of information. It is divided into sections that lead the reader from start to finish of their own independent adventure. Part titles include: Preparing to go, Travel more, spend less, and Men, women, and other stuff, among others.
What I loved most about The Art of Solo Travel is it's practicality and honesty. Not once does she add to the fantastical allure of venturing across the globe without a care or companion. Instead, she guides the reader through the difficult process, making sure to add a touch of realist optimism taken straight from her own positive memories–
She warns about the feelings of awkwardness in Egypt, suggests packing condoms in the quintessential backpack, encourages a simpler less luxurious life pre-trip, gives the green light to buying chocolate bars in addition to nutritious snacks, and raves about the prospect of meeting and befriending awesome people no matter where you may be.
Financial responsibilities and career-driven motivations may have put my cross-country road trip on hold but now the dreams of a solo travel across continents has also set up camp in my travel aspirations. Hm… a 'round the world adventure via car, boat, and plane? The biting travel bug has reached a whole new level of damage ;).
Go Backpacking received a complimentary review copy of this ebook. The opinions are my own.