5 inspiring travel stories by powerful women traveling the world alone.

Welcome back to my solo female travel blog! Today, it’s time for 5 powerful and ambitious women who will share their personal travel story with you! They once made the first big leap and started traveling just by themselves, whether it was to Iceland or South America. Since back then they just love it and can’t stop traveling solo all around the world. Apart from their incredible stories in this post, they share their current travels and individual tips, even travel planning services and masterclasses to keep you well-prepared to travel alone on their own blogs and instagram accounts. You find all the links next to their stories below. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Deirdre, Mimi, Kayy, Jessy, and Latoya!

And now girl, it’s time to get inspired and highly motivated to start your own solo travel journey!

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/ Her favorite solo travel destination: Madagascar
/ Deirdre’s blog: https://buildandboardtravel.com
/ Deirdre’s Instagram: @buildandboardtravel

Meet Deirdre

Hi! I’m Deirdre, a hiking Canadian, who loves trip planning and exploring under the radar destinations.

The idea of travelling solo can be daunting, overwhelming, and scary. It can be a complete turn off for most individuals, especially for women, but I don’t think it has to be.

I have no sense of direction, so having to navigate my way through a country alone has always been a big fear of mine. This fear was put to the test when I went on my first real solo trip to Madeira and got off at the wrong bus stop, miles away from my hotel. With nothing but a backpack and Google Maps to guide me, I had no choice but to take a deep breathe, find my inner peace and face this fear. After all, no one was coming to my rescue.

Having gone through this stressful ordeal on my own, I am now more confident in my ability to adapt to the unexpected and make effective and efficient transportation planning for future trips. I come prepared and always remember to try not get caught up in the panic of feeling lost.

Solo travel gives women the opportunity to be their own hero, overcome insecurities and be comfortable with themselves. Having that inner confidence to travel alone is an incredible accomplishment and something every woman should try. It allows you to connect with yourself, have total freedom in your choices and allows you to grow as a person. The confidence gained can lead to life changing decisions, not only in a country you are visiting, but in your everyday life.

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Meet Mimi

Hi, I’m Mimi from Germany and I started my very personal challenge of traveling alone 4 years ago.

The idea first came up because my friends were traveling with their partners and I didn’t want to stay at home alone – I still wanted to see the world. So I took all mine and started exploring Europe by myself. And admittedly, it was hard at the beginning – bad English, often getting lost with public transport and this strange feeling of going out to eat alone. But the strange feeling passed, because I met helpful and nice people everywhere.

That’s when I realized: I’m traveling alone, but I’m not alone unless I wanted to be. The experience of traveling alone has helped me in my personal development and given me so much.

/ Her favorite solo travel destination: Iceland
/ Mimi’s blog: https://mimissolotravel.de
/ Mimi’s Instagram: @mimissolotravel

My 2-week trip to Iceland was really a self-discovery. The rough nature and silence have given me so much. I love the experiences and the way I treat myself that I have been able to achieve through traveling alone.

This is exactly why I started my travel blog, to give others the same experience, to give tips and to conquer fears. I am happy to inspire you with my story to travel alone and all the great adventures on my blog.

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/ Her favorite solo travel destination: Iceland
/ Kayy’s blog: https://travelswithkayy.com
/ Kayy’s Instagram: @travelswithkayy

Meet Kayy

My name is Kayy, a travel blogger based in Long Island, New York. I am passionate about sharing authentic travel experiences and affordable travel tips with other like-minded individuals.

I have been traveling solo since 2015 and it has changed my life. My favorite solo destination is Iceland because it is the country that started me on this amazing journey. 

I’ve had severe anxiety for as long as I can remember. I was officially diagnosed when I was ten, but I simply suffered until I was 21, when I decided I needed to do something about it. While therapy and medication was part of the process, I also made the decision that the only way to overcome my symptoms was to face my fears.

In 2015 I booked a solo trip to Iceland. I researched everything I could to prepare myself for the unknown. There were many sleepless nights and panic attacks leading up to that trip, but it was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. During that trip I learned how to trust myself and feel confident in my decisions. Most importantly, I learned that the world isn’t as scary as it seems. 

Now solo travel is my self-care. When I feel stressed and overwhelmed, I book a solo trip! Granted I can’t always take a week and leave the country, but even just a solo day trip to a nearby city is enough to leave me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Solo travel is definitely something everyone should do at least once in their lives!

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Are ready to make Iceland your next solo travel destination? That’s amazing, I get you covered with so many great destination tips from my own travel journey here.

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Meet Jessy

Hi, my name is Jessy, I’m 22 years old and I live in Strasbourg, France! I am passionate about travel, of course, but also about animals and photography. My favorite solo trip was to Zimbabwe, I currently think it was the best trip of my life. A part of me stayed there forever.

My mom passed on to me the passion for travel and growing up I developed this desire to discover the world. I quickly realized that this was not the case for everyone. Many people have discouraged me and even sometimes belittled me. After experiencing failures I decided to say: f*ck we only have one life!

I will always remember my first kilometers on the road towards Deauville: my first solo trip. A wave of anguish came over me, I had tears in my eyes. I kept saying to myself “you are absolutely crazy”! With the kilometers this anxiety faded to give way to excitement.

/ Her favorite solo travel destination: Zimbabwe
/ Jessy’s services: @jessyhoffmann
/ Jessy’s Instagram: @jessreporter

Once, then two, then three, four and there I will fly away for my fifth trip alone. Whether it’s short weekends or long trips. It doesn’t matter if the transport is by car, train or plane, I need these escapades with myself. Traveling alone allows me to discover myself deeply, to know who I am, what I want or do not want.

It allows me to realize who I am, how brave, strong, independent, beautiful I am. I realized that I don’t need anyone to shine. Obviously it confronted me with my weaknesses as well, but that is what makes me grow.

Traveling alone is also the opportunity to program what you want and how you want. Nothing makes me happier than waking up at 5 a.m. to see the sunrise, then settling down in a café to have a good breakfast and ending the morning strolling through the streets. This is freedom!

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/ Her favorite solo travel destination: Colombia
/ Latoya’s courses: @beyondmyfootsteps
/ Latoya’s Instagram: @beyondmyfootsteps

Meet Latoya

Hey there, I am Latoya a Dutch girl who left the rat race 3 years ago, and ever since I have been traveling around the world. At the moment you can find me island hopping in the Philippines.

I always wondered, how are all the other women out there traveling solo, is there something that they have or do which is a special gift? 

The truth is, it all started with a mindset shift and the commitment to book that first ticket. Oh my, this was scary at first, but as soon as I boarded that airplane things shifted. I felt at peace, I felt so extremely proud of doing that one thing I always wanted, to travel the world on my terms.

While traveling around South America by myself I realized that we are so much more capable of handling unexpected situations that come our way. Never doubt yourself, rather start believing that you are capable and a very strong independent woman.

By traveling the world solo as a woman, I feel what extreme freedom feels like and how independent we are as a woman. The most important gift that has been given to us is to use our instincts and follow our guts with every step we take during our journey. Something that I have used every single moment. 

Allow yourself to listen to what you need in that particular moment, allow yourself to be truly present as traveling can have such an enormous impact on how we are as human beings. Traveling as a solo woman has changed me into a better-loving person full of confidence and I would not feel the same if I had stayed in the Netherlands.

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Conclusion

Wow, I feel thrilled and incredibly motivated to book my next solo journey right away! Don’t you feel the same babe? What every gorgeous woman pointed out in their personal story was truly how they changed as a person to become a better, braver, empowered version of themselves. They all expanded holistically within their mind, body, and soul and became their own wonderful ‘I’. This is what they all couldn’t have imagined before. And yes, I totally agree with them! As you know from my About page, I changed in so many different ways and I absolutely love how I turned out, because it is me and real and authentic! Besides, solo traveling is super powerful to get to know you profoundly as you spend time just with yourself. And solo traveling definitely boosts your confidence in terms of learning how to conquer difficult & challenging situations on your own. I highly encourage you to take the solo travel pill and discover the world and yourself! You’ll love it girl!

Need more inspiration & motivation? Then discover why you should travel alone as a woman at least once. Here are tips on how to eat out alone, how to beat loneliness during your solo trip, and my highly recommended travel safety tips for all beautiful travel shes.

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Girl, how do you feel after reading through those inspiring solo travel stories? Please leave your comments and thoughts below or on my Instagram @storiesoutofthesuitcase. Happy Traveling 

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    1. Thank you so much Deirdre! It is such an honor that you’ve shared your personal story with other beautiful ladies and it was my pleasure to publish it on here.

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