A ray of sunshine
Daily, I see questions from women of all ages asking if traveling solo is safe. The uncertainty in their written words is overwhelming at times. They not only feel a bit lost but also stuck in the darkness. Because of this, Stephanie Lee’s e-book is a ray of sunshine, shedding a bright light full of answers down on those planning their “escape”.
Lee’s first-hand advice to all the daunting details
The majority of the guide is Lee’s first-hand advice to all the daunting details: her one-bag rule, what you need and don’t need (ahem, too many shoes), ways to save up for your trip, realistic budgeting, couchsurfing with grace, how to maximize time at internet cafes and more. These sensible tips hold the guide together and are the best reason to download a copy into your eReader. The Art of Solo Travel truly reads like a travel companion. With its laid-back and conversational style, the book seems like Lee is alongside you offering her guidance personally.
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A mixture of practical advice and an inspirational ‘Go for it’ message
Although the book seems to target single career girls it could appeal to a wide age range, from female gap year students, to career girls wanting a change, to single older women wanting to travel, or even for those travelling with a girlfriend. Many of the tips could be for any solo traveller, male or female, but I really like the way that this e-book targets female travellers, with a mixture of practical advice and an inspirational ‘Go for it’ message, that’s very appealing.
Scrumptiously designed and clearly written
Stephanie Lee’s scrumptiously designed and clearly written 48-page e-book is aimed at encouraging and reassuring women considering a trip on their own, taking into account their particular concerns …. Stephanie’s experience and voice is encouraging and supportive for new travellers who may feel a little intimidated by the thought of going it alone. And as a bonus, the design of the book, with its line-print feel and look, is lovely.
Practical and down to earth
The e-book, produced by Indie Travel Podcast, is practical and down to earth. It is beautifully laid out with reader-friendly check lists, boxes and photographs. The book covers 6 parts that helps you answer a wide range of questions such as why you should travel alone (including pros and cons), how to prepare for your trip, what to pack, how to travel more and spend less (e.g. sensible tips on financial planning), and how to meet awesome people. It also gives practical ideas on how to maximize the use of frequent flyer miles and even suggests visiting couchsurfing.org, which is an international non-profit network that connects travelers with locals in over 230 countries and territories around the world where people share hospitality, come together for cultural exchange, friendship, and learning experiences.
A refreshing surprise
There is a plethora of guides to backpacking and travelling the world available on the market with all manner of advice for those venturing out on their first round-the-world adventure or just visiting a few countries. However, the latest e-Book ‘The Art of Solo Travel – A Girls’ Guide’ by Stephanie Lee, is a refreshing surprise in its approach to the subject of females travelling solo.
Stephanie, who has travelled extensively to 30 countries, most by herself, has taken the approach when writing this e-book to keep it simple and yet fact-filled but misses nothing in compiling it. The book is not only a guide for female travellers embarking on a journey solo, but has an immense compilation of practical tips. These include such sections as preparation, travel planning, budgeting and, advice on what to take and how to get around safely.
Personally, I have travelled most of the world three times over and I can recall my first venture. If only Stephanie’s book was available back then, it would be fair to say I wouldn’t have made so many mistakes and indeed would have been more world-wise, so to speak. Fortunately for those heading out into the ‘unknown’ they have an excellent travel companion in Stephanie Lee’s new e-book.
As I mentioned previously, there are a lot of tomes in the market about females travelling solo and most I have read. Of those one tends to get overwhelmed with the data. The Art of Solo Travel – A Girls’ Guide, in my opinion, is the exact opposite. Easy to read and simplistically factual in the various sections, this guide is without a doubt your travelling buddy even though you will be travelling solo.
Stephanie’s philosophy is “It is time to stop dreaming your life and start living your dreams” and with this new e-book you won’t be dreaming anymore but living your dreams. Sure, there will be females out there dubious about travelling solo, but, Stephanie puts those fears to rest in a section on advantages and disadvantages of travelling solo.
It’s not very often that you will find a book that has everything you need-to-know about embarking and travelling solo around the world. Stephanie Lee has managed to do just this and in a superb format..
Barrie from BailBlog
Well written, clever, amusing and most of all it IS inspiring
Although I’m not a girl who’s thinking about travelling around the world on my own, I was still inspired by this amazing e-book. It’s well written, clever, amusing and most of all it IS inspiring for anyone who has thought about dropping everything and going to see how the rest of the world lives.
This kind of independent travel can be very daunting and intimidating for a young woman wanting to do it on her own and I think this e-book really demystifies and ‘de-terrifies’ the whole decision for young women.
The layout is great and engages the reader to keep them reading.
I would recommend this to any of my young female customers and I am really glad there is something out there like this which I am sure will get more young women travelling the world.
Nick Bowditch – Australia’s Family Travel Expert
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.
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.
Ten easy ways to save money before even leaving home
One of the biggest concerns travelers have is not having enough money to travel. Lee’s chapter on financial planning, Travel More, Spend Less, begins with ten easy ways to save money before even leaving home. The suggestions are basic (take your lunch to work versus buying, take public transportation versus owning a car) but are good reminders nonetheless. She then provides detailed information on how she traveled for a year on less than $15,000 with specific breakdowns on exactly where her money went.
*the* ultimate guide for women traveling solo
In chapter 2, Preparing to Go, Stephanie also talks about the advantages and disadvantages of traveling solo – and gives tips to cope with the disadvantages. Rarely is a travel writer so very honest about coping with these disadvantages – we’re used to reading of the advantages! Stephanie also details How to Quit your Life – and get a new one; Where she went (and why she went!); packing lists; items not to leave without; great gadgets and more.
Why travel and where should I go?
[Stephanie] answers questions like why travel and where should I go? Doesn’t it get boring eating alone every day? Is it safe? What should I pack? Stephanie draws from her own experience for this guide, discussing what gear she likes and why, what “essential items” she leaves at home.
Where to go and for how long, what to take, how to travel cheaply, dealing with loneliness, returning home and much much more.
This feisty and congenial e-book is wonderfully written, filled with photos and helpful graphics that just take you by the hand and tell you everything you need to know about hitting the road on your own: quitting your job, telling your family and friends, saving your money (in Stephanie’s case, AUS$13,000 for six months, three continents, 18 countries, most of them in expensive Europe), deciding where to go and for how long, what to take, how to travel cheaply, dealing with loneliness, returning home and much much more.
Living ‘in’ the moment is quite different to ‘fretting before setting out’
I also like the way Stephanie’s guide allows you to go through those things you most fear as a woman traveling alone and understand that it is almost never as bad as you imagine. Living ‘in’ the moment is quite different to ‘fretting before setting out’. She covers the countries where it is comfortable to wander alone, and writes of the pitfalls of countries where women traveling alone may experience a few challenges.
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