Happy Women Who Wander day! For those who don’t yet know, Women Who Wander is a series I have on my blog where other women can write about their solo adventures. Each and every week I read a new post, and every time I am inspired by the stories I read. Solo female travel is an incredible thing that, to be honest, I wish wasn’t such a big deal. But to be women and live in the world we live in, branching off on your own to explore the world is still a rather new prospect. It’s a scary thing for a lot of women to even contemplate (myself included at times). Hopefully through these stories, a few of you will also find the inspiration you’ve been looking for. This week, we have something a bit different. Rebecca has created and amazing online community for female travellers and aspiring travellers to connect. She Roams Solo is a safe haven for women who travel the globe to meet and talk and share their stories. Read below for why Rebecca created She Roams Solo and what it means to her.
Travelling solo has given me so much!
I was 18 when I made the decision that I wanted to travel alone.Feeling like a screw-up, I felt like I could never do anything right and I needed to grow up. I started working a door knocking job with backpackers and saw the way they lived their life far from home, alone but with so many new friends. If they made mistakes, it was their mistakes, they had to fix it. They were all around the same age as me, but wiser and more self-sufficient. I admired that and I was also at an impressionable age and I felt like I didn’t know who I was. I thought to myself, how could I discover myself if I was never alone, I’m always around people who influence me, I never make my own choices.
It took me a while, but eventually I did travel alone. I lived abroad alone on the other side of the world from home and I certainly made my own mistakes. I didn’t realise it at first, but traveling alone gave me a few things. It taught me self-assurance, it made me resilient, it made me confident. It taught me to be responsible and taught me that mistakes are not the end of the world. Taught me that, we are just small people in this giant world – all of us! It taught me that I can do whatever I want, without worrying about judgement from others. It showed me how powerful I can be. Traveling solo made me a better and stronger person!
I want to encourage others
I was lucky that I was not afraid to travel solo. In fact, I embraced it! Many women embrace it, but many also fear it. I want women, everywhere to be the best, bravest, smartest that they can be. I believe traveling alone can help this. I had a lot of people say things to me like “I could never do what you’re doing” and “You’re very brave”. I had others try to discourage me from doing it. Others installing fear into me that wasn’t naturally there (or at least was pushed aside). Personally, I know of many people who have not done things and been to places that they want to because of fear. This is what I am going to try to change.
The idea was born a year ago and is now complete. It is a social network, a community, a safe haven and forum for women who travel solo. Not limited to only those travelling solo, it is for those who want to travel solo, and for those who travel in general, with or without somebody else. For any woman with questions to ask, adventures to share and inspiration to find.
The website is www.sheroamssolo.com It is a social network, ready for you to connect!
There is a blog with 90% guest posts and interviews as I want to show off the talents and stories of others, at the same time provide a variety of stories and inspirations for the readers. The stories are real life accounts from regular travellers.
The soul behind the community is a well organised forum for women to ask questions, warn others, provide advice, inspire others and to share the hidden gems you may have found.
Using She Roams Solo
Upon signing up you are given a profile page, and your solo space! Change your profile and cover image. Share anything you wish, a place that you can connect with others, make friends. Get to know people living in a country you want to visit or that may be visiting your country. Think of it as a Facebook but for women travellers only.
There is a chat room, to chat to random women. A community board where everything comes together and you can see what others are posting or asking. There is a place for you to list your blog, Pinterest group board, featured instagrams, coming events, free ebooks and more! The community has big goals!
I am giving every body permission to contact a stranger, online based around the idea that you both love traveling, exploring this world we live in and taking new opportunities.
In 3 months we have over 1,000 members
So what do I hope for this community?
I hope that you, who wants to go to India but feels scared, can log-on to the India forum and ask people who have been for their experience. Instead of listening to family members and friends who know nothing first hand of the country. You can then connect with the people who answered you and keep in touch, making a new friend based on that connection.
I hope that you, who has traveled to many many countries can log-on, share some advice and tips, connect with other travelers and support them, whilst making life long friends.
I hope that you, who has a cool story to tell, a funny experience, a life lesson – can get in touch, write a story and entertain others.
And I hope you who is going to a country alone, but likes to make friends can log-on, search for a friend in your next destination, meet up and be shown a good time.
Most importantly, If I can inspire one person, who might not of traveled alone, to travel alone. Or if this community can form one friendship that might not of otherwise been, then I would have succeeded.
So don’t let the fear of travelling alone stop you! Join for free and start connecting with others.
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