Women Traveling Alone — Are You One of Them?

As a single, female, 60 something, baby boomer, and with the state of the world, I’m no longer comfortable with the idea of overseas travel, especially as a woman traveling alone. Perhaps some of you feel the same way. I read lots of travel blogs, mostly written by young millennials. Some are women traveling alone in remote places and I marvel at their bravery and sense of adventure.

I marvel at the brave women traveling alone in foreighn countries. These days, I'm more interested in exploring what my local region has to offer.I’m OK with traveling alone in the US. In fact, this past spring I took a 10-day road trip, with just my cat for company, to a pet blogging conference in Phoenix. I stopped in Orange County in both directions and had a great time in spite of planned meetups with friends not working out.

Ava and Christy Paws at BlogPaws pet blogging conference in Phoenix 2016 - women traveling aloneIn January, I’ll be going to Texas to visit my Dad and help him celebrate his 95th birthday. I haven’t seen him in three years so I’m pretty excited about the trip. I’m sure I’ll have some stories for the blog from south Texas.

View from airplane. Women Traveling Alone -- Are You One of Them?

South Padre Island during my last trip to visit my Dad

South Padre Island during my last trip to visit my Dad

I don’t feel travel deprived, though, for two reasons. The first one is that in my younger days, I did a fair amount of overseas travel. I was even a travel agent for a few years. I’ve been to Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Jamaica and many cities in Mexico.

Beautiful view from hotel patio in Cancun, Mexico 1983. Women Traveling Alone -- Are You One of Them?

Cancun, Mexico 1983

Getting cornrows in Jamaica in 1987!

Getting cornrows in Jamaica in 1987!

Domestically, I’ve visited around 25 states including Alaska and Hawaii.

Lots of coconuts in Hawaii - 1979

Hawaii 1979

Albany, New York state capital building

In 1990, we did a road trip through New England. I photographed the capital buildings in each state we visited. This is Albany, New York.

I know this is a very short list in the eyes of many travelers but I’m satisfied with it. Sure, there were always places on my bucket list in those days. I wanted to visit Australia and go on a photo safari in Africa. Those are probably the two things I regret, just a little, not doing. Yes, there’s still time and maybe they will happen some day.

The second reason I don’t feel deprived is that I have come to appreciate all the rich experiences there are to be had locally. When I lived in Orange County, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, I didn’t value that. I saw lots of beautiful places on horseback and did some camping but not much else.

Horses at Hidden Valley, Norco, CA

Hidden Valley, Norco, CA

Horses on the beach, Fiesta Island, San Diego, CA

Fiesta Island, San Diego, CA

Beautiful table setting - Horse camping, O'Neill Regional Park, Orange County, CA

Horse camping, O’Neill Regional Park, Orange County, CA

Food on the barbecue at our horse camp

We always had awesome food when we horse camped

Now that I live in breathtaking, historical Gold Country, another popular tourist destination, I am determined to get up, get out and see as much as I can. I think I’ve done pretty well over the past two years but I plan to step it up a notch in 2017. I’ve been working on my bucket list and it looks like a lot of fun so far. There is so much to see and do here.

I’ll be doing some of the things on my list by myself, like the International Food Bloggers Conference in Sacramento in September and the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa in November. I may do a few day trips on my own during 2017 but many of my excursions will include friends I’ve met through the Mother Lode Newcomers as well as my BFF, Kelly. Traveling alone has it’s advantages but sometimes it is fun to share with a friend.

Are you one of those women traveling alone? Do you prefer traveling alone or with someone? Do you get out and explore your local area? I’d love to hear in the comments.

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I marvel at the brave women traveling alone in foreighn countries. These days, I'm more interested in exploring what my local region has to offer. #femaletravel #localtravel #solotravelUntil next time…


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4 Comments

  1. I used to often travel alone before, however not quite the way you do it. At some point I always had family or friends waiting for me at the other end, so by the time I started to get anxious, I was no longer alone (I’m a chicken, I now 😀 )

  2. Loved the pictures!!! I’ma little weary as well about traveling alone… Glad to see you’re working on your bucket list! Keep it up 🙂

    Ashlee
    http://www.theivoryfawn.com

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