From the author, Stephanie Lee
Turning 30 was an enigma for me. After achieving expected milestones – the steady partner, the career ladder, the coveted house behind the picket fence – I found myself in limbo.
All of a sudden I experienced a scattered sense of identity and started to rethink life. Unable to tolerate the rat-race and conform to society any longer, I quit my job as an architect, left the partner I was about to marry, sold the house I was working to pay for, and said goodbye to my friends and all that was familiar to embark on open-ended extended solo travel.
I left my entire life in Sydney in the hope that travel would reveal marvellous and meaningful experiences, and that I might be able to answer unanswerable questions for myself. The path was vague but like a rolling stone I wandered along and soon discovered that I was good at travelling on my own. I documented my adventures through three continents, 20 countries, and over 50 cities.
My journey tested me physically and mentally, but the experiences I gained – couchsurfing with 30 strangers all over Europe, crab-hunting in the Arabian Gulf, attending secret siestas with the Spanish, climbing an active South-East Asian volcano at dawn – will stay with me forever.
Angela said, “An invaluable source of practical tips”
“It is time to stop dreaming your life and start living your dreams”: this is the philosophy behind Stephanie Lee’s new book “The Art of Solo Travel – A Girls’ Guide”. This is not just a guide for solo female travelers, but an invaluable source of practical tips on how to manage a small budget on the road and on how to appreciate your time abroad by yourself.
Christine said, “I found it hard to think of a question she DIDN’T answer”
While they tend to be sincere in their enthusiasm and generous in their advice, sometimes it can be hard for seasoned travel veterans to express what it’s like to leave behind the structure of a “normal” life and embark on a game-changing adventure. I’m guilty of it as well; many readers ask me for advice on becoming an expat, and no matter what I tell them the reply is always a single question – “Yeah, but how do I actually DO it?”
Art of Solo Travel: A Girls’ Guide by Stephanie Lee answers that question. In fact, I found it hard to think of a question she DIDN’T answer. Stephanie has a unique ability to go back in time to the point at which she not only made the decision to travel extensively, but also how she prepared for it – and then explain it all to you, step by step.