Traveling solo can be daunting for anyone, but it is also an incredibly empowering experience. As you are planning or are on your trip, books can be a great way to find comfort and courage from the stories and tips of solo female travelers.
Following are some suggestions for books that will combine your love for traveling with helpful reading!
Author: Stephanie Lee
For: the first-time female solo traveler:
This book takes you on an amazing exploration with adventures through 20 countries, three continents, and more than 50 cities. Being single does not stop you from being independent and adventurous and enjoying outstanding travels. Learn cost-saving tips for airlines, accommodations, how to save money before and during your trips, how to eat and drink alone or make local friends, and much more.
Author: Kristin Addis
Category: Detailed Guidebook
For: the detailed planner
Save many hours of doing your own research for enriching female travel advice, the planning process, packing, how much money you need or how to work when on the trips, safety, and inspiration. Kristin included 15 additional well-established female travel experts to help with conquering insecurities and sharing foolproof methods for staying safe anywhere you travel. Also featured are dozens of stories from everyday women so you can gain knowledge from their experiences.
Author: Sarah Marquis
For: the thrill-seeker
This book takes you on an adventure that is sub-titled “One Woman, One Trek, One Thousand Nights.” Sarah Marquis was named “National Geographic’s Explorer of 2014” and was featured in The New York Times Magazine with the harrowing and unbelievable rendition of’ her solo 10,000-mile hike from Siberia to Thailand across the Gobi desert and then by boat to complete her hike in Australia at her favorite tree. It was originally a French bestseller at more than 60,000 copies and tells of extremely dangerous happenings such as drug dealers, thieves on horseback harassing her tent each night for weeks, life-threatening wildlife, temperatures that ranged from sub-zero to scorching, a dengue fever delirium in the jungle in Laos, and much more.
Author: Rita Golden Gelman
Category: True story
For: the reader who wants a moving travel story
A woman who has been living a glamorous life in Los Angeles gets a divorce and decides to set out alone to travel. She wants to connect with interesting people who are outside of her own comfort zone. Gelman is transparent and honest about her experiences and her feelings through the good and the bad of how different people live.
Author: Kristine K. Stevens
For: the history junkie
Stevens decided to celebrate her 40th birthday by quitting her job, selling her home, and traveling solo in a pilgrimage to different places throughout the world just carrying a backpack. Believing she was on a simple six-month-long vacation, she instead had amazing adventures such as braving grizzly bears in Alaska, a monsoon in Zanzibar, lava in Hawaii, caves in Laos as well as kayaking in Thailand, taking a safari in Kenya, and more. This global travel is told with humor, wonder, entertainment, inspiration, and suspense.
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
For: The reader who likes to read about a woman’s searching
This is Gilbert’s search across India, Italy, and Indonesia after her divorce and the places, people, spirituality, and romance she discovered during those travels. The book was published on February 16, 2006, stayed for 187 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, and the film version was released in theaters on August 13, 2010, starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem.