Travelling solo is one of the most liberating and self-affirming experiences of a lifetime. But it can also be one of the most daunting. If you’re considering setting off into the sunset on a solo trip of your own, then these 20 brilliant bloggers have all the inspiration and tips you could possibly need. Enjoy!
Nearly seven years after Cailin O’Neil set up her blog to update her friends and family on her travels, it’s still going strong. Her popular travel videos include time-saving “city in a minute” guides as well as stories from the road and inspiring Instagram photo essays. So, basically, everything you need to “get your butt in gear and out that door” as Caitlin puts it.
Amanda is “just a small town Ohio girl on a mission to see the world.” Her blog’s name is inspired by one of the most famous tales of epic travel and adventure ever written: JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. If you’re a solo female traveller, check out her post entitled “Why I’m not afraid to travel alone”: it’ll give you the nudge you need to do it for real.
One of our favourite things about Velvet Escape is the bitesize blog posts in lists of five or tens: 10 things to do in Riga, 5 reasons to visit Castille-La-Mancha, 10 places in Armenia you should not miss… So whether you’re looking for adventures close to home or a journey further afield, this blog is a great place to start.
For a blog that tells you the realities of travelling solo, look no further than Pearls and Passports. Stephanie’s story began in 2013, when she decided to leave her life behind to travel the world… by herself. From moving to Japan and then to Moscow (where she now lives) she chronicles her experiences on her inspiring blog. Take a look… there are definitely some pearls of wisdom waiting for you here.
Founded by an outspoken advocate of solo female travel, Mariellen Ward, Breathe Dream Go is the perfect place to plan life-changing trips. India is Mariellen’s area of expertise and reading her award-winning blog can’t help but inspire you to experience it for yourself.
Adventure-seekers need look no further than this award-winning blog. Annette White, author, restaurant owner and bucket list devotee, shares her experiences. Read about eating insects in Thailand, zip-lining through the rainforest in Costa Rica, and kayaking with beluga whales before planning your own journeys.
If you’re ready to break out of your comfort zone and embrace a nomadic way of life, take a leaf out of Savya Nath’s blog. After giving up the corporate world, she’s lived with a Mayan community in Guatemala, swum with black tip sharks in Malaysia, and loves nothing more than taking the time to really discover a place. And she knows a thing or two about putting travel-wary parents’ minds at rest, too.
Travel is in this blogger’s DNA. Alex Berger’s itchy feet have taken him to over 50 countries so far, with the most recent pins in his map being Tanzania, Finland, Thailand and Myanmar. When you’re browsing his blog, don’t miss the packing videos: they’ll teach you all you need to know to pack your backpack to perfection.
Where better to begin your epic solo journey than the blog of the youngest hobby traveller to visit every single country in the world? Gunnar Garfors is a record-breaking globetrotter from Norway who, in 2012, managed to visit five continents in just one day. Not countries: continents! Take a look at his blog to read more about his travels.
This travel blog is not only food for the soul; it’s a feast for the eyes. Creator Sabina has an eye for stunning imagery and scrolling through her blog’s pages is pure travel joy. From discovering street art in Germany to guiding solo travellers through Budapest, her unique experiences will undoubtedly give you itchy feet.
If you’re thinking about taking the plunge and travelling solo, James’s blog Escaping Abroad will probably push you over the edge. Since quitting his day job after an inspiring 10-day trip to Belize, he’s now a committed solo travel blogger with the whole world as his office. Ah, the dream…
For solo explorers looking to conquer Australia, Rocky Travel is the ultimate resource. German-born Michela founded the blog in 2004 after a trip downunder. Check it out to discover why she thinks Australia is the ultimate solo travel destination as well as travel hacks and inspiring words to nudge you out of your comfort zone and onto a path less travelled.
Bridget meets Indiana Jones in Clelia, an ocean-loving, rule-breaking globetrotter from Sardinia. Her blog is packed with exciting tales that followed her decision to buy a one-way ticket to Bangkok. Down-to-earth and a natural nomad, her adventures prove you can be poor and a little clumsy… and still see the world.
Another inspiring tale of ditching a business suit for a bathing suit, Kiersten has ticked over 50 countries off her bucket list since making that life-changing decision. Popular posts include the ‘10 safest destinations for solo female travellers’ and the ‘Ultimate guide to solo female travel’. As her home page banner reads ‘May you never settle for a life that’s anything short of extraordinary.’ Hear hear.
Drew Binsky has spent that last four years partying in over 80 countries and 150 cities around the world. His blog is not only a collection of crazy travel stories (including a deadly boat ride in the Philippines), it’s a directory of the very best nightlife spots on the planet.
Ashley Fleckenstein’s first year backpacking around Europe, Asia and India was largely a solo journey, so she’s more than qualified to blog about travelling independently. Recent posts about trips to Iceland and Paris demonstrate her passion for really getting to know a place.
As an event manager, Helen’s practical approach to travel blogging (for example, ‘What to pack for travelling in Iceland’) is ideal for solo travellers looking for genuinely useful advice. Her ability to find adventure anywhere will inspire you to seek out new experiences, whether they’re in Cumbria or Cambodia. Enjoy!
Amanda Burger carries her worldly possessions (weighing just a couple of kilos) with her as she slowly wanders the world. Solo. Her ‘20 lessons learned after a year as a solo fulltime traveller’ is a treasure trove of tips to make having adventures a whole lot easier.
“I believe more than money, one needs courage to travel.” For Renuka, the creator of Voyager For Life, travelling solo is about learning and growing as an individual. As an Indian woman, her travel tales offer a unique perspective and serious insider knowledge of Indian regions and their highlights.
Meet Erica. She’s a blogger on a mission to inspire girls and women to get out and see the world. With a whole section of her Girl Unspotted blog dedicated to solo female travel, you’ll find a wealth of advice and tips to get you started. Her eye for photos mean it’s packed full of gorgeous imagery, too.