A Solo Travel Girl Is: Bold, Brave and Beautiful

Tuesday, April 2, is Brought to You by the Letter "B"
Tuesday, April 2, is Brought to You by the Letter “B”

From A to Z, what are the characteristics of a solo travel girl? Without a doubt she’s bold, brave and beautiful!

Bold – When a solo travel girl is bold, some may confuse her as being the other opens in a new window“b” word ending with “itch.” Understand, she’s almost always fearless and all about seeking new experiences pushing her personal comfort zone (as opens in a new window I did in Japan). Also, she’s not afraid to protect her interests. If something isn’t right with her hotel room, she’ll nicely ask to have it corrected. If she’s receiving unwanted advances from the older man sitting next to her on an eight-hour overseas flight, she’ll politely yet firmly shut him down.

Brave – Standing tall and showing courage, she’ll calmly and quickly find her way out of the dark alley she accidentally wandered down. In addition to protect her interests, she’s not afraid to opens in a new windowdo what’s right for the good of the whole. When dining, the solo travel girl steps up to try the most unusual entree on the menu, even if it’s a feta cheese omelet with sardines.

Beautiful – Well, duh! This one is a given. Her beauty isn’t defined by the cover of Cosmopolitan or Vogue but by her sense of adventure, personal style and confidence. She doesn’t need to be a size 0 to rock a swimsuit and has been known to reapply her red lipstick while hiking the Rocky Mountain backcountry.

Me with the Afghanistan Minister of Women's Affairs. She Was Committed to Improving the Lives of Women. Kabul, March 2006opens IMAGE file
Me with the Afghanistan Minister of Women’s Affairs. She Was Committed to Improving the Lives of Women. Kabul, March 2006

And since we’re on the topic of “B” be sure to visit my friend Barbara’s blog, opens in a new windowStart the Evolution Without Me, to read about her entertaining adventures of retiring in Mexico. She’s definitely brave especially having just had surgery to remove breast cancer.

I’d also like to introduce to another “B” and that’s opens in a new windowBlue Yonder Design. If you’re looking to add personality to your blog or a company to host it and take care of all the technical stuff so you can focus on blogging and marketing, Jen at BYD is your gal! She’s been with me since Day 1 of this blog and she’s always there when I need her.

Are you a solo travel girl? What other qualities beginning with the letter “B” can be attributed to a solo travel girl?

This post is part of the opens in a new window2013 Blogging A to Z Challenge.

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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

10 thoughts on “A Solo Travel Girl Is: Bold, Brave and Beautiful

  1. I really dislike travelling alone, I’m simply not brave enough, but I salute your endeavours :). I love your definition of beautiful.

  2. You are definitely brave to try a feta cheese omelette with sardines- yikes 😉 What a great picture and a awesome opportunity of your meeting the Minister of Women’s affairs. Happy day 2!

  3. Men could learn from this. It’s taken me a long time to be bold without feeling like I’m being the other b word that ends with “itch”. When I come across that feta and sardine omelette I’ll try my best to be brave, too!

  4. My wife and I love to travel. I am enjoying your blog, as I have read many of the entries. I wanted to leave a word of encouragement. Keep it up.

  5. Very good list! As a solo traveling gal of several years here’s my own B list.

    #1. BAG
    Carry your valuables in a simple plastic bag or cotton bag. No one ever thinks anything in a plastic bag is valuable. Don’t carry a day backpack. Yes, they are comfy but they SHOUT “I am a tourist!”.

    #2. BUDDIES
    Carry your smartphone with you and join websites like Travlbuddy, Wandermates.com and VivTrav to help meet other people (like me http://www.wandermates.com/profileview.php?profileuserid=6 🙂 None of them are perfect, but they are useful.

    #3. BUSES
    Triple check every time your get on a bus/train that it is going to your destination. First ask the driver, then ask a fellow passenger, then ask another passenger.

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