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Four reasons why female solo travel is the empowering experience you need

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Embrace your independence and find your mojo by travelling alone

Female solo travel is an exciting and empowering experience and lets women explore the world on their own terms. It can be a liberating and transformative journey, as it helps women to break out of their comfort zones, meet new people, and discover new cultures and ways of life. While we can't deny there are unfortunately still some possible safety concerns, the many benefits like independence, increased mindfulness, and personal growth are a reminder of why you should definitely try solo travel. Read along to find out why we are absolutely in love with solo journeys...

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Time to plan your first solo adventure?
We got your back here! In case you haven't yet, read our Guide for Solo Travel newbies here. It answers the most common questions we get from our travellers who are embarking on their first trip alone.
How to travel solo for the first time: our guide to success!

1. As independent as it gets

One of the great things about female solo travel is that it gives women the opportunity to be independent and self-sufficient. When you travel alone, you are responsible for your own safety, well-being, and enjoyment, which can be very empowering. You choose your own destinations, set your own pace, and do things that you want to do, rather than feeling pressure to conform to the wishes of others. You also don't have to wait for others to be ready to travel or align vacation days, you go whenever you want to go.

It might feel scary or even daunting at first, with so many responsibilities and possibilities and only yourself to fall back on. But once you get going there's no stopping you, literally. 

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2. Make it mindful and be present in the world around you

Another benefit of female solo travel is that it allows women to be more present and mindful. When you are travelling alone, you are forced to be in the moment and pay attention to your surroundings. This can be a great opportunity to practice mindfulness and to really appreciate and engage with the world around you.

At KILROY we like to travel slowly to be more immersed and absorb the culture of your destination, which fits in perfectly with a mindful approach to life. Basically, it comes down to seeing less while experiencing more than you ever could by just ticking off a highlights bucket list. We suggest a slow start, by just sitting in a coffee shop or restaurant, observing the people around you for some time. If you're feeling brave, talk to some locals and show interest in their culture. You'll be surprised how far it'll take you.  

There's plenty more to do if you want to be a mindful traveller, read our blog about mindfulness in Thailand to get some examples

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Female solo travel and safety
It's a topic we often talk about: female solo travellers should at all times be aware of their surroundings and take steps to protect themselves. Not because we expect something bad will happen, but it's good to take the necessary precautions anyway. You wouldn't want your trip spoiled by a bad experience when you're thousands of kilometres away from home. While protection sounds like it's a big deal, it is often as simple as choosing safe accommodations, being mindful of your personal possessions, and avoiding dangerous areas or situations, especially at night. This includes walking alone at night in less crowded areas, but remember that in hostels it's really easy to make friends and make plans together with others. You really don't have to stay inside after dark.

3. Personal growth through travel

Despite some challenges, female solo travel is an amazing opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery. It allows women to explore the world on their own terms, independent from others. It’s a chance to break out of your comfort zone while relying on yourself to navigate unfamiliar situations. It can also give you the opportunity to discover new things about yourself, such as your strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. 

When you travel alone, you have the freedom to make your own decisions and shape your own experiences, which can help you to develop self-confidence and independence. You also have the opportunity to meet new people and learn about different cultures, which will broaden your perspective and help you to see the world in a new way.

Travelling by yourself as a woman can also provide time for reflection, as you may have the opportunity to spend time with your own thoughts and explore your own interests and goals. So yes, with the right attitude solo travel can definitely be a transformative experience that helps you to grow as an individual and gain a greater understanding of yourself and the world around you.

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4. Meet amazing people wherever you go

The concern that's often talked about is the potential for loneliness. Travelling alone (both male and female) can be a very enriching and enjoyable experience, but you do need to socialise a bit to make sure you won't get lonely. Finding ways to connect with people and make friends along the way is key, but luckily this is easy as pie. This could involve joining a tour group, where you meet plenty of other travellers or simply striking up conversations with locals and other travellers.

Good suggestions, but we'd wager the best option is to sleep at hostels during your trip. We know that historically hostels have had a bit of a bad reputation, but times have changed! These days, plenty of hostels are more luxurious than affordable hotels and offer value for money with extra facilities like rooftop bars, restaurants or even a pool. Those are all great places to hang out with fellow travellers and make plans together for the next day. And if you don't feel comfy with sleeping in a room of strangers (keep in mind that there are usually separate rooms for women), most hostels have private rooms available too. 

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