It may not seem possible for some women to take the plunge into the unknown by traveling alone. Fear begins to manifest for the “chick on the road” when what-if speaks louder than adventure.
What if something bad happens to me because they know I’m traveling alone?
For Jamie, Amber and Joann, solo travel is more than just an option; it’s a necessity. Each of them has taken on their own journeys in different parts of the world on similar missions. The inherent risks were worth the reward to forget about waiting for someone else to give them permission or travel with them.
Amber and Joann struggled with feeling safe while they were away from home for the most common reasons anyone would. Traveling on a budget with nothing but a backpack means picking places that may not be in the safest areas, taking public transportation, tackling bears or surfing the urban streets. These women have shown resilience, courage and overcame their fears in a way many of us will never know. During Jamie’s upcoming trip across the country she will have times on the road where situations unlike those on a normal weekend playing a night on the town or meeting up with friends will come about. The difference is, she’s taking a risk for a reason; to live a life like no one else.
During my travel in hostels I spent time with a lot of female international travelers that thought it was crazy that American’s were so conservative with their adventures. In an interview with Amber we discussed some of her initial challenges last year when she chose to drive across the United States by herself. Most of them were tackling the solitary confinement we get into after being alone for an extended period of time. Then on to spending time out at bars or the mechanics of daily life that we all risk some type of danger.
Travel is important to them because they learned key things about life, people and self. I can relate to those experiences deeply because of my adventures but there’s another level of respect there about these women that are a level-up from the norm. Joann left after college to travel Europe, coach surf, work for families as a nanny and use a very small amount of funds to do it. Amber also spent time doing piecemeal work in order to fund her new album while gaining insight into new creative outlets. Jamie started a business helping others travel the world from her home in Alaska from a vision of a world that breaks free from the standard tourist mindset.
If you’re as inspired about their stories as I am please take some time to check out and support Amber’s new album on Indiegogo launching this year. A project that sparked simply because of her solo journey. Stay tuned for more information on Jamie’s new Alaskan travel business and Joann’s medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Any woman out there reading this that wants to travel but is waiting for someone to embark on that journey with them let me encourage you to take small steps to take the plunge yourself. Amber, Joann and Jamie are strong examples contrary of the American conservative (and somewhat sexist) view that there are just some things women shouldn’t do. These three examples are more than enough to give you a light push over the edge into the unknown because of their incredible fortitude.