Resources & Tips

Book Travels with Myself and AnotherTRAVELS WITH MYSELF AND ANOTHER by Martha Gellhor  The glamorous war reporter (and former wife of Ernest Hemingway) recalls her adventurous life. (Jeremy P. Tarcher/ Putnam)

Book TracksTRACKS by Robyn Davidson   At the age of 27, Davidson trekked across 1,700 miles of Australia’s outback with only four camels and a dog. As compulsively readable as it was 20 years ago. (Vintage Departures)

book Writing AwayWRITING AWAY: A CREATIVE GUIDE TO AWAKENING THE JOURNAL-WRITING TRAVELER by Lavinia Spalding   Spalding spins the romantic tradition of keeping a travelogue into a modern, witty adventure in awareness, introducing the traditional handwritten journal as a profoundly valuable tool for self-discovery, artistic expression, and spiritual growth.

book Best Travelling Writing Volume 9THE BEST WOMEN’S TRAVEL WRITING, VOLUME 9: TRUE STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Lavinia Spalding The ninth collection in the annual best-selling, award-winning series that invites readers to ride shotgun alongside intrepid female nomads as they travel the globe to discover new places, people, and facets of themselves. The stories in this edition are as diverse as the destinations, the common thread being fresh, compelling storytelling that will make you laugh, weep, wish you were there, or be glad you weren’t.

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The cost of safety: Budgeting for the Solo Female Traveler

Nearly two-thirds of travelers are women – and safety is a top priority.


In addition to first-person anecdotes, this site lists destination-specific tips, restaurant recommendations, and shopping guides for major cities from Beijing to Stockholm.

Women Welcome Women Worldwide

Solo travelers abroad can lodge free with members of this network, which provides connections
in 70 countries and encourages cross-cultural exchanges.

Women Travel Tips

Hints to make any trip safer and more enjoyable. Plus, how to plan your first independent voyage.

U.S. Department of State

Information for single women travelers. (Note: In Laos, don’t invite local men into your hotel room—it’s illegal!)