Women Write Great Travel Stories!

I started this page back when I started this website: in (gulp!) 2007. I wanted to hear about women's solo travel adventures because when one woman does something, hundreds of women are inspired.

I was right. Many women wrote, and many more felt inspired to try what they'd read about.

Do you have a travel story to tell? 

At the bottom of this page you'll see the dozens of women's travel tales published here over the years. Why not add yours?

Camel caravan in MoroccoI went to Morocco recently and this is what the South looked like...

You don't need to be a professional writer.

All you need is the desire to share an experience, a destination, an adventure - and a few pictures of yourself or your favorite place, all from a woman's point of view.

I want to keep this section by women, for women - not for advertisers or people plugging their products so... I've written up a few rules. 

Your story should be about women and independent travel.

A story is something that moves us, tells us more about you, about how you see the world, about how and why you go where you go or how your travels have changed you as a person.

Here are a few ideas:

  • your overview of a destination from a woman's point of view - what you thought, how it affected you
  • solo travel and how and why you do it
  • volunteering experiences - the good and the bad
  • why you travel and how it all came about
  • moving abroad, the hows and whys
  • and anything else that touched you, made you think, or changed the way you see the world. 

Here's what I will not publish: No links please (except for the URL to your personal blog), no religion, nothing hateful or unethical, no thinly disguised advertorials, no stories that have been published elsewhere, and no sales pitches for products or businesses. These simply get deleted.

And now - over to you!

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Stories by other Women on the Road

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Solo Hiking: The Lake District 
Nothing can beat that feeling of being completely alone in the wilderness. For me it is the knowledge that you have complete solitude, away from the hassles …

Going Solo in the City of Love and Light 
Romantic travel destinations like Paris, France or Verona, Italy are reserved for trips shared with a significant other, right? Oozing with lovey romance-y …

Raise a glass to Sardinia 
The church bells pealing in the distance suddenly merge with jangling, fast approaching bells. Confused by the cracking heat, I scan the horizon. Rough …

The five most important things to bring with you on a solo journey 
The five most important things to have as a solo female traveler are good walking shoes, a good book, a positive attitude, an air of confidence, and an …

Reflections from Sardinia 
So another step into the unknown. I call it adventure. A little scary at times but thats what makes it exciting, on the edge rather than safe, predicable. …

Hill-walking Solo in Scotland: A Woman's View 
Scotland is a small country rich in history and beauty and is famous for many things including its stunning hills and mountains. It is this dramatic scenery …

My Monastery Stays in Italy 
The last time I was in Italy, in 2011, I stayed in four different monasteries. I loved all of them. One was in Venice - my room overlooked a lovely canal, …

WWOOFing in Thailand: A First-Time 
In September of last year, I embarked on my first solo traveling adventure. I quit my full-time job, moved out of my apartment in Brooklyn, bought my first …

Countdown to Solo Travel 
As the day drew near my fears intensified, pushing me into worsening meltdowns. I was afraid of going, yet I was terrified of not being able to go. …

The Mature Woman Hosteler 
Sure, I’d like to stay in a private villa and have my every whim attended to by a handsome houseboy, but my budget doesn’t allow for that. And if I have …

An Exciting Opportunity 
I met a couple of Australians who like me were volunteer English teachers at our local neighborhood centre one inauspicious Thursday morning late 2009. …

The Good and the Bad of House Sitting 
House sitting has been around for many years but it’s only recently become a popular method for travelers, especially long-term travelers. What is it? …

Make Your Own FUD - Female Urination Device 
I recently spent two years in Africa and was appalled at the hygienic conditions. Toilets are not readily available. The men stop whereever they are, turn …

How to Have Fun Traveling When Things Go Wrong 
I've done a wee bit of traveling by now. My travels are always on a shoestring and often with a female friend, but sometimes I take shorter trips solo. …

Solo Travel: Containers in the Atlantic 
Unconventional, even as a child, my mother could often be found yelling “Where is she?” on family holidays. Usually, I’d be trying …

Out of My Comfort Zone… (from a first time solo traveler) 
I’ve been traveling now for 3.5 months as a first-time solo female traveler. Up until now, I’d lived in the same place for thirty years, was married, raised …

A Beautiful Neighborhood in New York 
Being in New York in November it can be very very cold with lots of snow. This year in November while I was in New York the weather was beautiful; you …

A Whole New Rotorua Spa Experience 
While I was traveling around New Zealand on my own in 2009, I stopped off for a few days in a place called Rotorua. The town sits on the shores of Lake …

First time solo travel - Backpacking through Eastern Europe 
After years of admiring tales of women traveling solo to interesting places, I finally took the plunge and embarked on a 6 week adventure from Prague to …

A Pilgrimage, or El Camino for Women Traveling Alone 
The current resurgence of interest in pilgrimage has brought with it two surprises: firstly, most people walking El Camino outside the peak summer months …

Journey of Self Day 1 
Years ago when family camping I saw a woman camping solo and said to myself, I will do that when I grow up. Kids are grown, husband ran off to South …

"The weekend I spent in 1905" 
Friday evening, driving eastbound over the San Rafael Bridge, leaving San Francisco and Oakland behind me, the blue green water of the bay below. Basked …

A Love Affair with Africa 
About a year and a half ago a little switch flipped in my mind and lit up the equivalent of a flashing, neon sign right in front of my eyes; ‘Travel’, …

Allons-y! Let's Go! It's time to travel solo... 
Now that I am out on the road, when people ask me where I am from and the conversation weaves around to me saying something like, "I quit my job and sold …

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How to Travel the Cayman Islands on a Backpacker’s Budget 
Having had lived in Southeast Asia for over a year and traveling throughout the region, I have finally made peace with the fact that one cannot travel …

Adventures of a Lone Traveller 
I thought the best way to attempt to see a little of the world travelling solo would be to incorporate a big event in the middle. My nephew's wedding …

Making the Travel Itself Count! 
So often, we women get all caught up and enraptured in the idea of “getting somewhere.” We have a list of destinations within any given time frame, whether …

Restoring my Joie de Vivre: Solo in Paris 
2010 was a wonderful year for me, one that was welcomed with open-arms after following what had been a difficult two-year period. As most people can attest, …

Volunteering Abroad As A Woman  
I graduated with a degree in English but like so many graduates, I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do with it. Choices can be limiting, so I decided …

Cambodia - The Longhan Orchard (Choeng Ek Extermination Camp) 
The legacy of genocide that the Pol Pot regime left behind - their prisons, extermination camps and killing fields - have now been transformed into mass …

Solo Travel to Goa: One small trip, one giant leap 
It was only a fortnight in Goa but for me it was a turning point. Most of my friends thought I was crazy to go to Goa on my own. Admitedly, part of me …

Two Days in Yangshuo 
Photos of the Li River in Yangshuo, China against a backdrop of karst mountain peaks drew me in. After a week with friends in bustling Hong Kong, I was …

The Slow Life 
I am reading a story about woman who left her life and rented a villa in Northern Italy for six months. Her reasoning? She loves the 'slow life.' That …

Hands On in Bangladesh 
Travelling just for the sake of seeing the sights and experiencing a new culture, as wonderful as it is, can start to get old after awhile. These days, …

Solo travel: the ultimate in life experiences 
My first trip was after a breakup to Sweden. It was magical exploring areas off the tourist maps (such as Norkopping), being able to touch the moss covered …

Need to boost your confidence? Try a career break! 
I got off the boat, which was moored to a Thai island, and walked up the path towards my hut. I heard one of the diving instructors behind me, saying 'She …

Loving Australia 
I have by now been to 37 countries on six continents, from Mongolia to Morocco, India to Iceland, but my first great adventure was a six-month solo trek …

Monastery stays in Italy with bed bugs! 
My mother and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to stay in monasteries for different reasons. One of them was quiet surroundings with a clean room. …

My Dance Called Alone 
I first travelled solo way back in 1975 when I was 26 years old. My husband had been killed in an accident and everyone was telling me how well I was coping. …

"Ellen on a Stick" and Polly the Travel Frog do London and Ireland 
Several years ago, my friend Candee and I decided to take a driving trip to Ireland. We excitedly planned the trip and in the process decided to tack on …

Ontario Travels with Tessi 
I found myself standing at the top of a bluff gazing at a spiral staircase that would take us to the rock laden shoreline and stunning blue water below. …

Motorcycle Mama Goes Solo 
At the age of 54 I took a solo motorcycle trip from east Texas to New Mexico. I had been riding for a couple of years and was going to go to the big rally …

Ten Rules to Safe, Solo Travel: How to Stay Safe in Body and Mind 
Heading out for a RTW trip? That's round-the-world, of course! For smart, sassy women traveling for more than the usual two weeks per year, here are ten …

From Lisbon to Gay Tangiers in the 1970s 
Turning back the clock brings back such memories! It was during July university holidays in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital. A fellow student (gay male) …

Birthdays 'On the Road' 
I've celebrated 2 birthdays while traveling, both under very different circumstances, and both memorable. The first traveling birthday was way back …

Eating in People's Homes 
Eating at someone's house in another country tops my list of favorite things to do. Italy is one of my favorite countries to do this as the people are …

Singapore Travel Tips: A Terrific Destination for Solo Women 
Singapore is often considered the “Gateway to Asia”. It is a heavily blended city-state, highly developed, and one of Asia’s safest destinations for women. …

Travels in Germany 
I have travelled the country from one end to the other. Here are few honorable mentions: 1. Munich (don't forget the Oktoberfest and the Neuschwanstein …

A Cooking Class in Morocco 
I was in Marrakech when I signed up for a cooking class. One week into my Moroccan vacation I was in love with the food: Moroccan food was tasty, and so …

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A Historical Afternoon at the House of Sharing  
A couple of months ago I spent the afternoon at the House of Sharing learning more about Japan's use of women during World War II. Located south of Seoul …

6 Things to Know While Traveling in South Korea  
South Korea may not always be on a traveler's bucket list, but once you step inside this remarkable country, you'll be wondering why you didn't visit sooner! …

What Korean Students Lack In the Classroom  
Many of the adolescent Korean students I teach are under a great deal of academic pressure. From a very young age they are told that academic success and …

Why I Chose To Live and Work in South Korea 
Home is where the heart is. Pliny the Elder penned this phrase before any of us were born. For many expats, even though "home" is often the country …

A Hidden Village 
Seoul boasts a variety of hip and old-fashioned neighborhoods for travelers, but a visit to the Samcheong-dong neighborhood is a must. Samcheong-dong is …

Ginger and Generosity 
South Korea is known for many healthy foods: kimchi, rice and seaweed to name a few. However, ginger is one health item that is often overlooked. Ginger …

A Real Education 
It was sometime after dark when I stepped off the train in Pamplona, Spain. Somewhere during the 4-hour journey between Barcelona and Pamplona I had completely …

Rediscover Yourself: Hiking in Asia 
The Asian landscape is varied and dramatic, and there is, perhaps, no better way to enjoy it than on foot. Hiking is, in general, one of those rare activities …

I went to China 
The opportunity to go to China and work revealed itself to me and one month later I was there with no idea about anything. I was just so excited to be …

Las Vegas Travel Information for Solo Women 
Traveling to Las Vegas on your own can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. Here is a collection of my top tips for women visiting alone for …

The Most Mysterious Places in the Philippine Islands 
Everyone knows that women traveling alone have to be more careful than men. Like it or not, we are more at risk from thieves, abductors, and just in …

Summer 2012: Traveling as a Woman Alone 
It is always fun for me to start a new adventure. I travel without purpose, by hitch hiking, because in this way there are no restrictions. Anything can …

Three offbeat USA travel ideas for women 
What if you only make an occasional trip to the spa and aren’t a big shopper? I live alone and work to support myself so while I love to travel and experience …

Advice for Women on the Art of Travelling Alone 
When I was much younger I realized that waiting for other people was wasting a lot of time. And so, being an adventurous person, I have chosen to do many …

How I Started An International Housesitting Business on my Own 
I love to travel! I have traveled with my husband, with my entire family, and with my sisters, but I also have had the wonderful experience of traveling …

New York - A Very Different Experience! 
Several years ago, as a third year Fine Art student in Edinburgh, some of my work was accepted for exhibition in a New York gallery. I got together with …

Life Lessons Gained By Traveling Solo 
How taveling solo influenced life lessons that remained, empowered, and transformed life. Traveling, was an always present wish. Shy and lacking confidence …

From Couchsurfing to Homestays: How to Truly Live like a Local in a Foreign Land 
Growing up, stories of foreign lands always captivated my attention. History class with its tales of ancient Greece, Medieval Europe, and Egyptian pyramids …

Advice on Solo Travel in the Caribbean 
While society has made major strides in eliminating sexism and the outdated rules of gender politics, women travelers must still arm themselves with knowledge …

When NOT to smile at men in public 
I don't know if this is where this comment should go :-), but I just had to say that your page on " Unwanted Male Attention " is priceless. With your permission, …

8 Hours in Amsterdam 
I recently found myself with several hours to kill in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, and had two choices: I could either immerse myself in one of Europe's …

An Amazing Pondicherry Trip in India! 
Its a nice thing to share with you about the wonderful experience of being in Pondicherry, about 100 + kms away from the capital city of Tamil Nadu, which …

Tokyo - The Most Exciting City in the World 
My fabulous Tokyo adventure started when I was 20. I was traveling around the world, but I fell in love with Japan and the Japanese people, and decided …

Spa me the Details Darling 
I have said it before and I will say it again, when times are tough or even when they are not, don't get mad, Get a Facial. But if someone is going to …

The Universe Provides to the Solo Traveler 
As a solo traveler, I am used to spending considerable time alone during my travels. That’s fine with me, because I’m an introvert, and I need some alone …

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The Cuban Chronicles, A True Tale of Rascals, Rogues, and Romance 
This is an excerpt from my new travel memoir. The book is based on a series of letters I wrote to a cherished friend in Paris. In the infancy of Cuba's …

The Dunes-Mongolia 
We're now travelling towards the sand dunes on a track, which would have to be one of the worst yet. Every twenty metres or so, there is a rough dry watercourse …

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