Ode to the lady traveller: Why we need #WeGoSolo

Freya Stark solo female / woman traveller

Freya Stark in Jebel Druze.

Women and travelling solo

Women have been travelling and exploring the world alone for generations, maybe longer. Alexandra David-Néel walked into Lhasa, Tibet disguised as a man in 1924, when it was closed to foreigners, and lived in a cave in Sikkim. Freya Stark, like me, was obsessed with the 1,001 Tales of the Arabian Nights when she was a child. She became an explorer and in the 1930s trekked into areas of Iran and Arabia that no foreigners had seen. Dervla Murphy rode her bike, Roz, from Ireland to India in 1963. And these are just the ones we know about, the celebrated ones.

In this day and age there are thousands, perhaps millions, of women travelling the globe solo, and many of them are travel bloggers like myself. We are the new “lady travellers.” But the recent tragic death of a young American woman in Turkey, and the vicious and much-publicized gang rape in Delhi, has some people wondering if women should be travelling alone. To this, we say WeGoSolo! Read on to find out more about this new movement, and how it is supporting and encouraging women to travel safely. And why travel, and travelling solo, is not the problem.

Be sure to follow the #WeGoSolo hashtag on Twitter and join the conversation every Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST. And join the WeGoSolo Facebook page.  And check out the Storify page for the #WeGoSolo
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The WeGoSolo movement is born

Alexandra David-Neel in Lhasa, Tibet

Alexandra David-Neel in Lhasa

In the wake of the Delhi Gang Rape (December 16, 2012), there was outrage, protests and the beginnings of a paradigm shift in an inherently sexist country. I was in India at the time, and interviewed and asked if I still felt safe travelling in India; and saw on social media that some women were rethinking their travel plans to visit India. Around the same time, the One Billion Rising movement started to take hold. More recently, a young American woman named Sarai Sierra was murdered while travelling solo in Turkey, and there was a backlash against the idea of women travelling alone.

Like attitudes around rape in India (and elsewhere), there were those who tried to blame the victim. “Why was she out at night?” and “Why was she travelling alone?” were some of the obnoxious questions asked. The real question is, “Why are men harming women?”  As travel blogger Jodi Ettenberg so brilliantly points out in this article, Revisiting the solo female travel experience; and Christine Gilbert in this post, The Women Traveling Solo Question, the problem isn’t women travelling solo — it’s violence against women. In fact, women are MUCH more likely to be assaulted and killed by their partners, in their own homes, than they are while travelling the world. Women are much more often the victims of domestic violence. And this is true everywhere.

So, yesterday morning I felt I had had enough. I felt it was time for women travellers to “take back the world” and I suggested we start a blog tag on a popular travel bloggers forum. The idea caught on, and we created the hashtag #WeGoSolo, and started to post our blogs, thoughts and tips on Twitter. The idea of #WeGoSolo is to promote and encourage women to travel safely, and to shine a spotlight on the real problem: world-wide domestic violence against women.

I am writing this about 24 hours after I wrote the first #WeGoSolo tweet, which was

WeGoSolo women travel alone

And in that space of time — less than 24 hours, the hashtag has exploded. Last time a report was pulled, about 20 hours after it launched, #WeGoSolo generated 4.4 million tweet impressions and reached 861,000 people via 1,086 tweets from 474 people. Wow.

The idea of #WeGoSolo has had overwhelming support on Twitter — with many travel bloggers writing blogs, and others posting links and resources to help women travel safely, and I am going to keep a running list of them below (add any I have missed to comments, please, and I will edit them in).

WeGoSolo women travel aloneThere have been the usual naysayers, who do not understand why we even need to talk about this issue. They assume “it’s over, women are liberated, let’s get on with our lives and stop dwelling on an outdated topic.” To paraphrase some of the tweets I have read. I wish that were true. I was in India and saw firsthand the backlash to the vicious gang rape. Many believe women “ask for it” by wearing western clothing or going out at night. And here in the west, the backlash to Sarai Sierra’s death in Turkey shows that many people still hold repressive and regressive attitudes towards women — instead of pointing the finger at the real problem, violence perpetrated by men against women.

Delhi gang rape victim, India,

Billboard in Delhi that appeared after Delhi gang rape victim died.

#WeGoSolo is catching fire because we still need it. That’s the truth. There are still women who are afraid to travel, afraid to travel alone; and many women who are just plain afraid. Violence against women is a kind of terrorism. It’s sexual terrorism. And like terrorism, giving in to fear and staying home means “they have won.” And staying home isn’t the solution for another reason: it’s less safe than going out.

Finally, this entire blog is about how I crawled out from my tomb-like apartment, where I was nursing the blows of several devastating losses and stuck in a deep depression. Though afraid, I felt compelled to travel to India, and stay for six months. I had never done anything like this before; and I frankly did not even know if I would live through the experience. In fact, it became the best thing I have ever done, and restarted my life in ways too numerous to list.

Travelling solo saved my life, and changed my life. And it can do the same for you. Don’t hesitate to go — just use common sense, do your research, and read travel safety tips like these.

WeGoSolo women travel alone(As an interesting aside, three of the main people behind the #WeGoSolo movement are from Toronto. Janice Waugh of SoloTraveler created the forum I posted on, and supported the idea immediately; and Evelyn Hannon of Journeywoman came up with the catchy hashtag and has given the movement tons of great support. There are lots of other great supporters too, including many men, like Keith Jenkins of VelvetEscape, but just thought the Toronto connection was cool.)

So, here are the blogs, please tweet, retweet, add your own, use the hashtag #WeGoSolo and dive in and join the movement.

Blog posts about women, travel, safety and going solo


Top safety tips for women travelling in India (and elsewhere)

Commentary on travelling safely in India

Solo Traveler

Solo Travel Safety – a link that takes you to 31 posts about solo travel safety.

Am I the Pollyanna of Solo Travel?

Solitary Wanderer

5 Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone

Legal Nomads

Travel tips and also the benefits of traveling solo as a woman

The issue is not about solo female travel, it is of general violence against women, worldwide

Twenty-Something Travel

Solo Female Travel is NOT the Problem

Experiencing the World through a Female Lens

A Dangerous Business

Dear Dad: Please Don’t Worry (A Treatise on Solo Female Travel)


Be Brave – Go Solo

The Pitfalls of Traveling to Find Mr Right

Adventurous Kate

The Truth About Solo Female Travel and Safety

Travel Yourself

Thoughts, and links to many solo female travel blogs

Katie Going Global

No, It’s Not Stupid to Travel Solo

Flora The Explorer

Happy, Safe and Solo: Travelling in India by Yourself

Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

Travelling safely 

Spunky Girl Monologues

7 reasons why you should travel solo

Almost Fearless

The woman travelling solo question

Journalist in Turkey

With your head up high

C’est Christine

Solo travel and why it’s a label I support

Runaway Jane

Should women travel solo

Sante Fe Travelers

Women’s Solo Travel: Keeping safe on the road

Voyages Etc.

Don’t be afraid to travel alone (original in French)

Grrrl Traveler

Is solo travel still safe for women: 6 tips

Women on the road

How solo travel for women changes you

131313 Sketchbook Project

7 Tips for How to be a Fearless Solo Female Traveler

Travel Made Simple

Are you afraid to travel alone?

Girl be trippin

Tips for women travelling solo

Velvet Escape

10 reasons to travel alone

Indie Travel Podcast

Supporting solo women travel

Y Travel Blog

Solo Female Travel Tips

Mo Travels

Travelling Alone and Safely


Travel Safety Tips: How to TRavel Safely pt 1 – Attitude

Travel Safety Tips: How to TRavel Safely pt 2 – Education

WAVE Journey

Travel Tips: Female Travel Solo Safety

Travel Slow

Traveling in India as women alone: Tips

Nicole is the New Black

For the Love of Travel: Black Female Solo Traveler

Butterfly Diary

Is Travelling to India Really Safe?

Shalu Sharma

Be Careful of Rape in India: Tips for Female Travellers

A Pair of Boots and a Backpack

Why You Should Travel Solo … No Matter What the Media Says

Laura Walker guest post on Nomadic Matt

Why girls should go to Southeast Asia

Traveler Ahoy

Why I love Traveling Alone

Transitions Abroad

The Solo Women Travel Guide

The Grown Up Gap Year

Why I Support the WeGoSolo Movement

Solo Friendly

What’s the Big Deal About Solo Female Travel?

Girl, Unstoppable

7 Reasons to Work Up the Nerve to Travel Solo

Our Oyster

Is female solo travel safe?

The Wayfarer Diaries

Solo female travel: Don’t be afraid to go it alone

Meet, Plan, Go

How to travel safely solo on your career break

As We Travel

Inspiring Adventures for Solo Female Travellers

Laura Bly, USA Today

American’s death in Turkey puts focus on solo travel

Wanderlust and Lipstick

Solo Safety Issues

Planning Your Solo Travel

Choosing Accommodations for Solo Travel

Solo Travel: 10 Tips to Get You Started

Women on the Road

Solo Travel for Women

Jenny RTW

Safari Tips for Girls Who Travel Solo

Simply Three Cents

Even if you go solo, you are not alone

Nerd’s Eye View

Once, I traveled alone

Stars on the Ceiling

3 Words that shouldn’t scare you: Solo Female Travel

Candice Walsh, guest post on Asia Rooms

Solo Travel Tips from a Lousy Solo Traveller

 The Barefoot Beat

Fear Mongering and Solo Travel

2 Live Abroad

Travel the World Alone

Part-time Traveller

Another perspective on solo female travel

Oneika the Traveller

Travel, Perception and Safety: Are you Letting the Media Stop you from seeing the World? 

Lynne P Nieman

Travelling Solo as a Woman


Why This Mother and Wife Travels Solo

Travel with Kat

Going Solo in Rome

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46 Responses to Ode to the lady traveller: Why we need #WeGoSolo

  1. gardenbre February 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    so proud of this movement … I know I’ll go solo
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  2. Krystyna Lagowski February 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Love this, Mariellen. Women need to support each other in these initiatives, and I admire your courage in striking out. It speaks to our inherent nurturing instinct that so many have responded to you. I’ve written about the brave female cabbies in Delhi on my blog drivelikeagirl.ca, which you were so wonderful in supporting. I’ll be following your accomplishments in this, your newest endeavour. Kudos to you.
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  3. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com February 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Thanks for writing this. Now we have a post to refer to when it comes to the #WeGoSolo movement!
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  4. Megan February 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    One of the things that worries me most about the fallout from the negative comments regarding solo female travel is that it will stop some women from doing it. We know it’s safe because we’ve done it. We live it. Women who haven’t experienced it yet may be easily swayed by the mis-information out there. I hope any woman planning to venture into the world alone isn’t perturbed.
    This is such an important thing to encourage. Well done Mariellen.
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  5. Outpost Magazine February 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Powerful article Mariellen.
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  6. Mariellen Ward February 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Thanks for the comments, everyone, this is an important topic and it’s truly awesome to see so many people jumping in to promote and encourage women to safely travel the world.

    btw, I didn’t mention in the blog, but my birthday is March 8 — International Women’s Day. Maybe that;s one of the reasons I feel so strongly 😉

    • Nisha February 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm #


      That’s such a lovely day to remember your birthday.

      Hey !! Maybe that’s one of the reasons they have Women’s day on March 8th!. 🙂
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  7. Nisha February 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    I have been travelling solo for many years in interiors of India and abroad.
    And I do unplanned budget travel which is more difficult than just getting into a chauffeur driven car & checking into a five star hotel in safe environs. Safety is an issue but we can not sit back and grumble about it. Can we? 🙂

    Solo travel is safe if you take care of a few points. We know it’s safe because we’ve done it. 🙂

    And yes, I’ve read most of the blogs mentioned here.
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  8. Amanda February 7, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Great post, Mariellen. I’m so excited to see how successful the #WeGoSolo movement is becoming, and that the dialogue is evolving to focus on the real issue at hand – violence against women in general.

    So glad to be a part of it!
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  9. A King's Life February 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    So fitting! I just got back from a solo trip to Bangkok. It’s been over 6 years since I’ve traveled alone, not due to having any fears, but more due to having babies 🙂

    Now that my children are 4 & 2, and I thouroughly enjoyed my 4 days in Bangkok…I think I’ll be doing this a few more times a year. It was so refreshing to only think of myself again!
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  10. Ali February 8, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    Such a great post! I have traveled solo so many times in so many different places, and it was one of the best things I ever did. What happened to this woman is awful, but it had nothing to do with the country she was traveling in or the fact that she was solo. I just wrote a post to contribute to #WeGoSolo (see commentluv) and on my other site I wrote a post a few months ago about the advantages of solo travel: http://travel-made-simple.com/are-you-afraid-to-travel-alone/ I really hope people don’t let the media scare them out of traveling. Traveling is such an incredible, wonderful thing.
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  11. Katie February 8, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    Thank you for getting #WeGoSolo going! As Megan stated above, my biggest fear when I started reading hundreds of comments from people saying it’s stupid for women to travel alone was that the women out there who are currently on the fence about heading overseas for the first time will be discouraged from doing so. That was a big reason why I wrote my post.
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  12. santafetraveler February 8, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks for adding our post, Women’s Solo Travel: Keeping safe on the road, to your list.It makes me angry that women have to even think about keeping themselves safe wherever they are. Violence against women worldwide needs to be made a priority. Perhaps if we all say, “Enough” things will change. I keep hoping. Safe travels to all!

  13. DestnUnknown February 8, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    It’s great to see a proactive response to an reaction that has left so many of us solo female travellers feeling outraged. I’ve shared some of my own travel tips for solo travellers in my latest post and fully support #WeGoSolo.

    Thanks for kicking off such a great initiative and providing a forum for solo travellers to help each other stay safe.
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  14. Mariellen Ward February 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Thanks for all the support everyone! It seems we have touched a nerve with this movement. And it’s about time.

    Great to see women from ALL over the globe chiming in, including India of course. Hi Nisha!

    Your post is very powerful Amanda, thanks for sharing it.

    Yes, A King’s Life, you have to be an individual as well as a mommy 🙂

    Hi Ali, thanks for sharing your post, I will add it. And I agree with your point.

    Hi Katie, thanks for writing and supporting #WeGoSolo.

    Great support, Billie (Sante Fe Traveler), thanks so much!

    Yes, Destnunknow, I am a big believer in the positive, proactive response.

  15. Michelle Sullivan February 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Love #WeGoSolo – fab initiative. Think it deserves to live a long life 😉 I see a lot of tips mentioning how important it is to wisely choose your accomodation, including the tweet you reference above. WeGoSolo.com has already been grabbed, but I’d love to be able to organize house/apartment swaps with other female solo travellers. Does anyone know of a service like this? Or care to start one? 😉

  16. Mariellen Ward February 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Hi Michelle, You should try Journeywoman.com, she has a HerMail service where she connects women travellers with women who live in the countries they are travelling to. Not exactly the same, but a start.

    I saw that WeGoSolo.com was gone, but I bought WeGoSolo.org, which is more appropriate anyway (and bought .info and .net, too).

  17. Monique February 9, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Great post. Thanks for starting #wegosolo, for compiling all of the posts written so far and for continuing to encourage and inspire women to travel.
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  18. silvia February 9, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Dear Mariellen

    Thanks so much for taking the initiative. I took the opportunity to finally write my article about my five months India adventure, under the angle of travelling as a women solo –


    all the best


  19. Viv February 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I am dismayed by the recent comments regarding women travelling – either solo or with a female companion. This issue about women’s travel safety shows that there is far more going on in the war against women and their rights than we women really understand (or want to admit?). It is time for us women to show solidarity and not allow ourselves to be backed into the 1950s. But there are definitely issues that need to addressed around the globe regarding women’s safety and how they are viewed as travellers. This is a post I wrote sharing my past travel experiences and providing what I hope are some useful suggestions to women considering travelling solo (or with a female friend): http://wavejourney.com/travel-tips/travel-tips-female-solo-travel-safety/
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  20. Shalu Sharma February 10, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    Great set of resources. The fate of solo female travel is worrying and should be addressed.
    If I am permitted, I also like to add one of mine for India.
    Thank you.
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  21. Mariellen Ward February 11, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks all, for your contributions, I am continuing to add to the list, and there are a lot of great points being made, a lot of great tips being shared. When we raise our voices together we are more able to makes changes. Personally, I want to see the entrenched attitudes towards women change around the globe; I want everyone to see women as strong, equal, and worthy.
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  22. Margaret Piton February 12, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    I’ve been travelling, often alone, since the 1970s. My mother travelled alone before me. This is not a new issue.
    As some have suggested, the real issue is violence against women. Staying home doesn’t necessarily keep you safe.
    The question is, do you want to live a “safe” and boring life, being concerned about what people may say, or do you want to live your life? To me, the answer is obvious.

  23. Britany (@britseeingstars) February 12, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Hi Mariellen and all the ladies (and gents) leaving wonderful posts! This is so reassuring to see after the negative comments surrounding Sarrai Sierra’s death. Such a tragic story but it is by no means proof that traveling solo as a female is dangerous! I’d like to add my post to this growing list… http://sotcblog.com/2013/02/12/3-words-that-shouldnt-scare-you-solo-female-travel/
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  24. Lesley Peterson February 12, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    My first trip abroad solo was in my teens, before the safety net of internet, calling cards and online money transfers. For me, it’s fundamental to know my destination well beforehand–having a good visual memory helps me memorize a city’s map before I even get there. A gift of a tiny compass that can be velcro’d to the strap of my bag helps me nagivate at night when I can’t use the sun for orientation.
    Women shouldn’t stay home. I do think, though, that if we have an issue with the way the government and local officials in certain countries deal (or don’t deal) with victims of violence and prosecution of crime, we can and should VOTE WITH OUR TOURIST DOLLARS and spend them in countries where they are making an effort to end the violence against women and girls.
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  25. Mariellen Ward February 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Thanks for comments Margaret and Lesley.

    Interesting idea Lesley, only travelling to places that are making an effort to end violence against women. This would be a tough call to make though …. Personally, I would rather travel where ever I want, and perhaps help promote women’s equality and safety while there.
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  26. Lori February 13, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I hope #WeGoSolo continues to gain momentum. Thanks for starting this movement Mariellen.

  27. Brandon Elijah Scott February 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Good stuff, I’m right there with you!

  28. Mariellen Ward February 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Hi Lori, Yes it does seem to be continuing to gather momentum, thanks.

    Great to have the “other gender” on board, Brandon 🙂
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  29. Eartha February 14, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    I LOVE this movement. And this could not have come at a better time — I’m about to go on my own RTW trip as a solo female traveler at the end of March!
    What a great way to empower women. Thank YOU! 🙂

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  30. Shalu Sharma February 18, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Thank you Mariellen for the inclusion. I sincerely hope these resources will be useful to those women travelling alone. It really breaks my heart to see women being harassed when travelling alone. #WeGoSolo is a great creation and hopefully will create awareness and further resources can be found easily.
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  31. Amy February 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Really enjoyed this post and all your links to other bloggers. I had no idea there were so many of us out there! I’m new to all this solo travel blogging and it was actually #WeGoSolo that got me to realize what a huge community I’d been missing. I thought I was just this weird person who really enjoyed traveling to exotic places by myself!

  32. Mariellen Ward February 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    It’s so great the way this community is forming, and I’m glad you found us Amy!
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  33. Lenore Greiner February 20, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Brava, Mariellen!

    By continuing to travel solo we win! I’ve traveled the world alone from India to Italy and the freedom is inspiring.

    Now I’m planning a mini-retirement to Morocco, the Middle East & India. And in doing so, I’m honoring the women who came before me.

    It’s wonderful to see our tribe connecting & recognizing ourselves. Exploring the exotic alone may raise eyebrows but others have to see women playing on an equal field with our fellow male explorers.

    The world has to see us out there. And we must be out there. And we’re all the better for it.

  34. Mariellen Ward February 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I really like what you said Lenore: “The world has to see us out there.” I agree, it will help change perceptions of women all over the world.
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  35. Kathryn Burrington February 26, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Great post Mariellen – sorry I only just read it.

    One of my most people posts ever was about female solo travel in Rome if you’d like to add it to your list please. http://travelwithkat.com/2012/10/14/going-solo-in-rome/

    I’ll be following the hashtag – great idea
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  36. Lily May 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Just stumbled on your post from the TBEX tweet! Love the #WeGoSolo hashtag. I’ve traveled solo many a time – mostly to the Caribbean (Jamaica, Grenada, etc.), to Belize (most recently, where I spent 7 months) and to Europe. I’ve also lived long term in those places, solo. Having the courage to travel on my own over eight years ago completely changed my life for the better!

  37. Sherry June 4, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    As a long time solo traveler, I’m pleased to see more and more women out in the world along. I write a weekly column for a little paper in New Mexico and recently posted a piece on why I prefer solo travel.


    We have special experiences because we’re alone. We talk more to the people around us than to our companion. We sometimes need help, and we get it in ways a couple would not. And the end result is a travel experience unique to people who travel solo. I hope more women will garner the will and desire for this kind of travel.

  38. Wade July 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    I am preparing for a year long RTW trip with my girlfriend. We will be visiting 6 different continents along the way. My number one priority is keeping her safe. Couldn’t agree more with Evelyn Hannon’s assessment that women (as well as men, if you are traveling as a couple), need to arm themselves with knowledge before going anywhere. Women’s safety is not just a “solo travel” issue…its a world wide issue for travelers and locals alike. My girlfriend and I will be taking a self-defense class prior to our trip…it is geared specifically towards protecting your spouse and avoiding dangerous situations. Being prepared is key!
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  39. Hetty Roze October 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    We completely agree and we are joining the #WeGoSolo movement with out very own ‘Why Every Woman Should Travel Solo’ blog series!

    We are also supporting the Asian Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Conference, happening this November. You can read more about it here:


    We hope that by keeping up the #WeGoSolo hashtag, we will help motivate and empower women all over to brave it out and take that first step!

    Thank you Mariellen for this great post!

  40. Lynnette Hoffman November 20, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    How have I only just discovered the #wegosolo revolution?! Absolutely brilliant idea, and I will definitely be following the hashtag from now on. I am in the process of writing about some of my solo adventures and it’s exciting to see that I am not alone (pun intended;-)).
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  41. Shilpa Sharma January 28, 2014 at 12:43 am #

    We provide the Solo woman travel plans in India; we have guides for travel in India they show you historical places in India. So you have to choose the right agency for travel in India

  42. Penny Sadler January 29, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    Hi there I’d love it if you’d ad me to your list of posts/blogs on solo travel. My blog is Adventures of a Carry-on and the link is

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  43. Julien December 1, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    I crossed a lot of solo girls traveler and I was also impressed by what they do.
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  44. AR March 4, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    Nice article. Thanks.

    Winter, early darkness, deserted stretches, lack of police presence and alcohol. Avoid venturing out alone after sunset in winter time, avoid places near alcohol shops, avoid pubs, avoid deserted stretches. Crime rate, especially rapes soar during winter time. I was born and brought up in Delhi, I have seen it slowly transforming, getting over crowded and filthy. What hasn’t changed is sexual harassment, streets, public transports everywhere. Don’t take people’s smiles for friendly behaviour, don’t fall into the trap. Avoid travel agents, go through only government accredited agencies.

    Sexual terrorism? No, its something worse and I don’t know what to call it. Even though I was born and brought up in India I have rarely traveled outside Delhi, and now I rarely go out, if I do its only to buy cigarettes and am back home. So you ladies know better, knowledge not fear will protect you at the end of the day, keep sharing it.

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