Become a fearless adventuress
Do you dream of traveling the world? Do you worry about your safety? Are you unsure you have what it takes to do it solo? Does all the violence in the world make you second guess yourself? I used to ask myself what the archetypal solo female traveler was like. I would wonder, who is out there traveling the world by herself right now? Is she anything like me? Does she have something special that I don’t have? Is she braver, stronger, or different in some way than the girl who looks back at me in the mirror? Does she have some kind of background that allows her to travel the world safely and independently, with nothing but what she can carry herself?
I wasn’t sure if I was cut out for traveling on my own. I was a bit shy, not convinced I could rough it in cramped buses and mosquito net-covered beds in shared dorms, and wondered if I was even strong enough to carry the backpack. Doomsday scenarios went through my mind: maybe I wouldn’t meet anyone, I’d get robbed, or I’d hate it and want to come home.
When I first decided to travel the world alone, I was like you — nervous, scared, and unsure if I was going to make it out alive. People worried I would end up like characters in the movie Taken, raped, or worse.
“It’s a dangerous world. Haven’t you seen the news?” my friends and family would say.
I know what it’s like to want to travel more but worry that doing it solo is too risky or unsafe or that you don’t have the right skills to do so – because I’ve been exactly where you are.
Hi! I’m Kristin Addis and I write the monthly column on solo female travel for Matt’s website. I’ve covered WWOOFing in South Africa, hitchhiking in China, addressed safety tips, packing advice, getting over the naysayers, and so much more.
BUT I always wished there was an all-inclusive guide that could answer every travel, safety, savings, and packing question I had – because I had many before I left. I was looking for reassurance that everything was going to be OK, and wanted someone to make the planning process simple for me!
Since traveling leaving for the road, I’ve hitchhiked around China, driven a car across South Africa, trekked for weeks in Nepal without a guide, learned how to say “thank you” in nearly 40 languages, and met countless amazing people along the way, all while traveling on my own.
So I wrote this book to be the ultimate guide for solo female travelers, giving you the information you need as a woman to plan an amazing trip and be a fearless and informed traveler.
Whether you’re going away for two weeks, two months, on a girl’s trip, or want to backpack solo, it’s easier – and safer – than you think!
HOW THIS BOOK HELPED OTHER TRAVELERS
Ana: “Conquering Mountains answered all my questions and addressed all the worries I had about female solo travel. It clearly shows you, step by step, how to prepare for your trip. Kristin showed me it is possible, fun, and safe to travel alone. It’s a great book and would definitely recommend it to any women thinking about solo travel!”
Kristin: “Not only does the book give you plenty of advice on staying safe as a solo female traveler, meeting people on the road, planning, packing and the nitty-gritty details such as money and insurance, but it also dives straight in to some of the hardest obstacles you’ll have to overcome: “naysayers” and your own self-confidence. This book really helped prepare me for my trip!”
Talia: “Kristin writes as if she were talking just to you, and offers practical advice. The inspiring anecdotes from her and other bloggers instills a sense of confidence. Anyone who is considering traveling alone but questions their ability to do it should read this book. It makes the daunting process of saving up money, planning and actually getting to where you want to go seem more realistic than ever.”
McKinlee: “I absolutely loved Conquering Mountains. It helped me battle my fears of just going, not take the negativity to heart, and instead listen to those closest to me who supported me. No matter where you are in life, this book covers every internal struggle you have about traveling – no matter how big or small. I have recommended it to likeminded friends. Kristin really gives you no other choice than to just go.”
Jenna: When I first started researching solo traveling, I found great resources, but much of it from the male perspective. Solo travel is different for a female. Kristin discusses in-depth many of the anxieties that come up when planning your trip and offers great tips and advice on how to overcome them. Not only does she discuss her experiences, but also includes interviews with many other female travelers, giving readers even more insight on the female travel experience. “
Conquering Mountains: A Guide to Solo Female Travel
After years of solo traveling, writing a widely read solo female travel blog (named one of the Top 10 Vagabonding Blogs by USA Today), and serving as an expert on solo female travel for sites like this, BBC, Trip Advisor, Wise Bread, BuzzFeed, and many others, I realized that something more was needed. Most of the budget travel guides are written by men. They are too general and didn’t relate to the concerns female travelers like yourself had before they went away.
I wrote Conquering Mountains to be your definitive guide to travel. There is a world out there in which you are carefree, traveling the world, eating incredible food, making lifelong friends, and being the confident solo traveler you know you can be.
This book is the bridge that takes you from the novice at home to becoming one of the increasing number of women who decide to live life on their own terms and have their own adventure.
It gives practical tips about how to head off the beaten path, meet locals, and have unique, authentic experience and will help to kill your fears so that you can be the architect of your own adventure.
From Armchair to Airplane Chair: Take The First Step
– Getting Over Your Fears
– What About My Career?
– What to Do About Naysayers
– Building Self-Confidence
That Little Detail About Money
– The 50/30/20 Rule
– Finding Ways to Earn More Before You Go
– How Much Money Do You Really Need?
– Not Enough Cash? Work on the Road
Prepping Like a Boss
– Breaking It Down into Manageable Pieces
– Itinerary Planning
– Immunizations: Where, What, and How?
– Travel Health Insurance
Packing It In — What’s Really Essential?
– Packing Gear
– Phone Contracts
Staying Safe and Connected: Ignore Rumors and Dare Greatly
– How to Avoid Being a Target: Tips and Tricks – Stay Connected with Friends and Family
– What to Do If There’s a Problem
The Gift of Solo Travel: Taking Full Advantage
– Why Solo Travel is the Best Kind of Travel
– How to Meet Others on Your Solo Journey
– Will Solo Travel Help You Find Yourself?
– When Tough Times Hit: Combatting Loneliness
Why This Book Will help You
Save time – skip the researching and get straight to planning
The information in this ebook was compiled using my own firsthand experience after years of successful solo travel, but I didn’t stop there. I also asked 15 other well-established female travel experts – old, young, western, and non-western – to give me their best advice too. They are extensively quoted throughout the digital book! PLUS, I feature dozens of stories from regular, everyday women like you so you can gain from their experience and knowledge too.
A guide that specifically handles women’s needs
Women and men have different needs in daily life, so there’s no question that those differences extend to traveling as well.
There weren’t any guide books out there already that I felt adequately covered not only how to prep, but how to create your own adventure independently and bravely. I don’t just want you to be prepared, I want you to be exhilarated, inspired, and motivated so that nothing stands in the way of your trip of a lifetime. Even if you don’t feel brave right now, this book can help to give you the tools you need to build your confidence and get on that airplane.
Learn to gain confidence and stay safe
If you are worried about being raped, safety, falling for scams, or wondering if you have the confidence to take this trip, this book will help address all those fears. Through the advice of the women featured in this book, you’ll learn how we have managed to make friends, conquer our insecurities, and stay safe while traveling all around the world. You’ll get our insight so you’ll know our foolproof methods to staying safe anywhere in the world.
This guide delves deeply into safety, features packing lists created especially for women, and helps you to have the most enriching solo travel experience possible. Conquering Mountains will save you the hours upon hours you’d otherwise spend researching online, looking at advice that may not even be trustworthy. This electronic book is only $9.99. You’ll be able to download it instantly on any device you have!
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