Are you feeling held back because you don't have a travel partner? Not sure about traveling solo?
This website is for women who have decided to see the world ON THEIR OWN. Forget the partner, forget the doubts - you can own this!
Somewhere in my mid-forties, it hit me: my job was repetitive, my relationship was unsatisfactory, and I had a severe case of wanderlust. In fact I was in the middle of what turned out to be a mid-life crisis the size of a minor planet.
There was little travel guidance specifically aimed at women. We were just a page or two in the general guidebooks.
Things have changed - but there's still plenty of room for improvement.
Women travelers, especially those who travel solo, shouldn’t be seen as an exception, odd or different – we should be considered normal. No one questions how or why a man travels on his own, do they?
Women on the Road exists to help women with the nuts and bolts of solo travel: how to plan a trip, how to stay safe, what to take, how to budget, how to avoid getting lonely – all the things you face before, during, and after you travel.
We are curious, smart, enterprising, enthusiastic, inspired or dynamic - we are women who want to see the world on our own terms.
If I can inspire women to travel independently, strongly, proudly, and safely, that closes the gap a bit. The more of us get out there and claim the world, the more we assert our right to do so.
Remember - 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.
As a woman, you can travel solo for a few days, weeks, or yes, even years. I know you can!
The wanderlust started many generations before me: according to my father, our family descends from the Golden Horde and the warriors who swept across Asia and Europe many centuries ago.
My maternal grandfather was one of seven brothers who emigrated from France in the late 19th century, each to a different country - Brazil, Australia, Canada, the USA, England, Greece and Egypt (that's my branch of the family).
My upbringing was no more sedentary. My father was an engineer and moved so often with his work that I rarely finished a school year in the country I’d started it.
Born in France, my first European trip was on the Orient Express when I was five weeks old (I did bring my parents along). I then grew up in Canada - where we lived long enough to become citizens - and Spain, where we returned to after each move.
I took my first solo trip (without my parents' permission) from Spain to Morocco when I was 15. I still remember sitting in a café by the sea sipping mint tea, watching the ships come in, and feeling as though I owned the world. I managed to stay an entire day before my father tracked me down and marched me back.
As an adult, I became a serial expat and finally settled in Geneva. Until that little crisis hit.
I retired in May 2015 and now live in rural Eastern France, the first time I live in the country of my birth.
But I’m not done with travel, not by a long shot.
As life goes on (I'm well on the 'other' side of 60), I still marvel at seeing the world.
Over the years, I somehow managed to get lost in a Mozambican minefield, paddle my way out of a Philippine flood, get shot at in Beirut, and survive an elephant cow stampede in Nigeria - so I've learned the art of taking care of myself on the road or in any foreign city and my joy is to share that learning with you.
Funny thing – I had no intention of writing a blog, not ever.
When I first returned to Europe, I wanted to write a book about my travels, but I put it off for so long it didn't make much sense anymore. That's why I started Women on the Road.
When I first started to travel on my own many years ago, independent travel was mostly for men. 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.
Are you a woman...
If this is your first time on this site, you'll find a great introduction on my Start Here page that walks you through what you'll find on this website.
If you'd rather receive your women's travel tips and strategies right in your email, Women on the Road NEWS will deliver it to you every Tuesday (and you'll also get the list of '9 indispensables' I always travel with!)
Women on the Road NEWS shows you how to:
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