Welcome to another installment of solo female travel stories, where we showcase the incredible travel experiences of our fearless readers who have decided to go it alone.
I hope you enjoyed reading the story of Becky, a single mother who works two full-time jobs and travels solo! This week, I want to share with you the story of how a burn-out from working relentlessly in the education industry transformed a woman’s life into a solo traveling adventure that helped her find herself again.
Everyone, say hello to Ruth from Florida:
Tell us about yourself.
What motivated you to travel alone for the first time?
Which misconceptions did you have about solo travel that you now realize were untrue?
What are some unexpected benefits of traveling alone?
- Being able to go where I want to or don’t want to without having to consult anyone else!
- Being able to change plans at the last second just because I felt like it.
- As a solo traveler, you’re often added to larger groups of people for things such as tours or excursions. This gives you the chance to meet people you may never have had the chance to meet if you were already in your own group of people. Oh the people I met along the way! So many wonderful faces and interesting people!
- People you meet think you’re just simply amazing and incredible for traveling alone. The compliments and kudos I received from others along the way really helped me maintain my confidence for what I was doing. Because at times, I would get lonely and needing reminding that what I was doing was really awesome.
- Now that I’m back in “the real world,” whenever I face a challenge or adversity that I doubt my ability to handle, I remind myself of the adventure that I took for 6 months of traveling alone. I remind myself that not only did I survive that experience, but I absolutely loved it! I remind myself that I’m strong enough to have left my entire life behind and traveled alone for 6 months. If I can do that, I truly can do anything! Nothing gets to scare me anymore after I’ve remembered what I have already done.