5 Empowering Books Solo Women Travellers Should Read

These literary works chronicle the extraordinary adventures of brave women who ventured into the unknown, encountered challenges, and emerged stronger and wiser
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Embarking on solo adventures as a woman can be an exhilarating and transformative experience. However, in a world filled with cautionary tales and safety concerns, travelling alone can sometimes be met with scepticism, especially for millennial women. But amidst the well-intentioned warnings and safety tips, a treasure trove of stories celebrates the bold spirit of women exploring the world on their own terms. So, if you've ever felt the allure of venturing solo into the world's vast landscapes, these literary gems are a must-read. Embark on a literary journey with these narratives celebrating the strength and wisdom gained from traversing the globe as a woman.

"Wild" by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed's memoir, "Wild," is a gripping tale of her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. The book chronicles her journey of healing and self-discovery after her mother's loss and her marriage's collapse. As she navigates through rugged terrain and her emotional struggles, readers are inspired by her resilience, courage, and determination. The book is a testament to the transformative power of travel, showing women that they have the strength to overcome any obstacle and find their true selves through exploration.

"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert
"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth GilbertBloomsbury

"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert

An international bestseller, "Eat, Pray, Love," is Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir that takes readers on a soul-searching journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia. After a painful divorce, Gilbert sets out on a year-long adventure to rediscover herself. She learns the importance of self-love and finding balance in life through sumptuous food, spiritual exploration, and a deep connection with locals. This book empowers women to embrace their desires, seek fulfilment, and open themselves to new experiences and cultures during solo travels.

"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert

In "Big Magic," Elizabeth Gilbert shares her insights on nurturing creativity and living a life driven by curiosity rather than fear. This book is a valuable companion for solo women travellers who often encounter new cultures, art, and experiences that can spark their creativity. Gilbert's approach to fear and courage encourages readers to pursue their passions enthusiastically and without self-doubt. Whether starting a travel journal, taking up photography, or engaging in local arts and crafts, this book inspires women to embrace their creative side during their solitary adventures.

"A Woman Alone," edited by Faith Conlon et al.

"A Woman Alone" is a collection of compelling travel stories written by women from various cultural backgrounds and experiences. These powerful narratives explore the transformative impact of solo travel on personal growth, self-discovery, and empowerment. Readers will find inspiration in the stories of these brave women who have ventured into the world on their terms, defying societal expectations and discovering the beauty of solo exploration. The book serves as a reminder that solo female travellers are part of a global community of adventurous souls.

"The Valleys of the Assassins" by Freya Stark
"The Valleys of the Assassins" by Freya StarkModern Library Inc

"The Valleys of the Assassins" by Freya Stark

In our contemporary era of advancing gender equality, it's important to acknowledge that women have travelled solo for many generations. Freya Stark serves as an example of such a trailblazing woman. During the early 20th century, she embarked on a solo journey across what is presently known as Iraq and Iran. Throughout her expedition across a landscape that now carries fearful connotations, Stark vividly brought to life the Middle East's ancient history. Her encounters with diverse kingdoms, the allure of mysticism, interactions with nomadic tribes, and the breathtaking beauty of mountains and valleys have left an enduring mark on history.

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