The Solo Traveler

To all my courageous solo traveler ladies- you rock, keep venturing, own it, change the narrative, and live each day to your fullest with an open heart!
— Georgina Miranda

The solo traveler: There have been a lot of moments the past 4 days on my scooter riding on desolate and very dodgy roads, swimming in the sea with no one else there but me, or hiking down trails that warned people the "trail was broken" when I kept looking around and saying out loud, "thank you, thank you, thank you!" with a big grin on my face and sometimes shedding a few tears. After all there was no one there to hear me. I've done my fair share of solo travel trips these past 9 years and it's almost second nature to me. This trip for about 7 of the 9 weeks I successfully dodged my least favorite questions, "are you traveling alone?" and "why?" The answer varies, but normally it's just, "I wanted to come here so I did....grateful to be here." The responses and facial expressions vary depending on who's asking and what country I'm in. They can go from big smiles congratulating me on my bravery and adventurous nature for venturing solo, to head tilts and looks of pity wondering why a young woman is by herself with no partner or friends in sight, proceeding to ask yet more invasive personal questions that make me go, "really?!?, "do I know you?!" Lol. 🙈 As I got to more remote and off the beaten path less touristy areas, me being there alone became more interesting or just puzzling. Like, "who is this girl?!" I've come to embrace it and enjoy helping shift whatever perceptions these people have about women. They get to experience something different. And don't get me wrong, I very much look forward to traveling adventures with a loving partner one day, but in the meantime you won't catch me sitting around waiting and missing out on the present. To all my courageous solo traveler ladies- you rock, keep venturing, own it, change the narrative, and live each day to your fullest with an open heart! P.S. There is a wicked way down to that beautiful beach, which I happily made it to! #winning #sheventures #chooseadventure #solotravel