If You're Yearning to Travel the World
Why Are You Still Sitting at Home?

Is it because...

  • You don't have a travel partner?
  • You're not sure how safe you'll be out there?
  • You're worried about what others will think if you leave home to see the world?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, this website can help you!

Women on the Road is for women who are curious, smart, enterprising, enthusiastic, inspired or dynamic - women who want to see the world on their own terms, usually solo, sometimes not, but always independently.

Women on the Road is for women who are ready to take one big fat bite out of life and smack their lips with glee afterward.

When I first started to travel on my own many years ago, independent travel was mostly for men, and so was travel information.

But we are different!

We need to be more careful at night. We have to fight off more unwanted attention. And we may be (often wrongly) perceived as more vulnerable.

Why am I telling you this?

Because I've been around the world on my own several times and I didn't have the hands-on information I needed to stay safe, travel smart or simply get from A to B.

My first solo outing was at 15 (my parents were not amused) when I 'escaped' from my home in Spain, where we were living, to Morocco. I think I managed to stay a day before my father found me and marched me home.

My longest solo trip started at the age of 43. I had planned to travel six months but I was having so much fun I was gone nearly four years.

Would I do it again? Absolutely!

Would I do it differently? Absolutely!

My website will show you how any woman, of any age, can hit the road, on her own - and love every minute.

If you believe women travel differently from men and if you're a woman who loves to travel, this website is made for you.

Are you a woman...

  • Who wants a career break?
  • Who is suddenly single?
  • Looking for a gap year adventure?
  • Who needs to get away on her own for a while?
  • Trying to gain strength or independence?
  • Who wants to prove she can do it?
  • Who needs a fresh start?
  • Who wants to see beyond the tour groups and souvenir shops?
  • Searching for a spiritual experience?
  • Curious about why women travel?
  • Or are you a woman who simply likes adventure?

Whatever your reasons or your situation, if you yearn to travel far and wide, you belong here!

Are you really ready to let go of your travel dreams and to let life pass you by?

Please don't forget to sign up for Women on the Road NEWS, where I share terrific travel strategies and tips to help you plan the trip of your dreams. You'll get it right in your mailbox every other Tuesday - free of charge, of course.

"Leyla, your ezine is great. I loved your page on how to enjoy eating alone since that is frequently uncomfortable for us solo travelers - your tips really helped. Your ezine is so packed with info and helpful links I always look forward to receiving it. It has opened my eyes to new places, different ways to travel, and useful resources. I always get extra inspiration from your ezine to travel more and be adventurous. I consider myself a pretty savvy traveller, but you are my idol!"

Diane Gilabert, San Diego, California, USA

  • Readers of Women on the Road NEWS have learned how to calculate their carbon footprint, use Google Maps to stay in touch, start learning new languages, eat out alone without panicking, find jobs in ski resorts, deal with travel burnout, and find free accommodation anywhere in the world.

  • Are you concerned about safety? Do you want to become a volunteer? Need to make money while you travel? Women on the Road NEWS shares precise and practical information with you about how women travel so you'll be prepared, no matter what your trip throws at you.

  • I've saved the best for last: you'll also get my printable and (Ridiculously) Practical Packing List - it's the list I use myself. I bet you'll find at least three things on it you never thought of packing! You can always spot the newbies on the road - they're bent over, lugging huge backpacks or too many bags. Get my checklist and pack like a pro.

Don't worry - your e-mail address is totally secure. I promise to use it only to send you Women on the Road News.

Find out how to:

  • Make money as you travel
  • Choose the best volunteer vacation or find the right charity
  • Decide which travel accessories are right for you
  • Pack the lightest and most durable travel clothing
  • Take advantages of the cheapest ways to travel
  • Stay with people for free by couchsurfing or housesitting
  • Decide when to go, plan a route and choose the best travel destinations
  • Handle your money wisely and avoid being scammed by con artists
  • Eat out alone - and enjoy it
  • Manage your health and know what to do if you get sick
  • Stay in touch easily and cheaply
  • And so much more!

When I started to travel I had little guidance specifically aimed at women. We were just a page or two in the general guidebooks.

Things have changed - but there's still room for improvement.

Women on the Road is a website written by a woman, for women!

  • I believe all women can travel independently: young, older, adventurous, shy, timid, intrepid, insecure, afraid, professional, student, straight, gay, grandmothers and granddaughters.
  • Women believe, know, suspect or just hope they can make it on their own, for a few weeks, months, or yes, even years. I know you can!

I was terribly insecure when I first started traveling solo: I had no woman-friendly travel advice (other than Don't go there!), no lists, no real plan, and very little money. I just trusted things would go well. They did - but they might not have.

Today I know better. I understand the importance of finding out as much as I can before I leave and of coping well once I'm away. I'd like to share that knowledge with you - that, and my love of 'the road'.

And if you haven't done it yet, don't forget to get your travel tips just for women in Women on the Road NEWS, delivered right to your Inbox every other Tuesday!

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Hello! I'm Leyla and I was 43 when I decided to travel solo across Africa. I came home nearly four years and four continents later.

This site is dedicated to women who want to travel independently, and my book will take you by the hand and show you exactly how to do it.

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