Instagram is literally the next best thing to Yelp and TripAdvisor when it comes to researching travel destinations before your actual trip. Some of us can scroll HOURS on end looking at pictures and fantasizing about our upcoming travel. I know, it can be unhealthy if you spend too much time on IG. But if you ever feel unmotivated or just need some simple inspiration, I think that these 15 female solo travelers can help you out!
Solo traveling is super badass, PERIOD! But female solo travelers are even MORE badass from my point of view. Not only do they have to be extra cautious when it comes to safety. But they also have the confidence and courage to rebel against the common conception that women should never travel alone. These female solo travelers show us that, “HEY! I can do it, and so can you!”. They educate us on how they were able to keep themselves safe during their solo travel journey. And along the way, providing valuable tips and tricks on how to master the art of solo traveling. So I hope you enjoy my curated list of 15 female solo travelers that you should follow in 2020! Here we go…
1. Jo Franco | Shut Up And Go
Jo Franco is one half of the iconic travel duo Damon & Jo. They have a super successful YouTube Channel as well as a travel blog called Shut Up And Go! Though Jo travels a lot with Damon, she also has tons of adventures around the world solo! One of my favorite videos of hers is when she ventured to Cuba alone with a goal of mastering her Spanish skills. Oh yea, by the way! She’s a polyglot. As a Brazilian American, she speaks Portuguese, French, English, Italian, and Spanish fluently. Super impressive!
2. Kiki | The Blonde Abroad
Kiki, or also known as The Blonde Abroad, is a super empowering female solo traveler that you should definitely check out! She quit her job in wealth management around seven years ago and decided to embark on her solo travel journey. Instead of climbing the much sought-after corporate career ladder. She decided to follow her dreams and share her journey with millions of her followers around the world. Today, she is one of the most successful travel bloggers in the industry. And continues to inspire women around the world to live out their greatest potentials.
Anna is a Nepalese-Australian solo female traveler that decided to pursue her dream of becoming a travel blogger around five years ago. Though she’s experienced a lot of ups and downs as well as minor failures along her journey. She never gave up her dream. Today, she’s been to more than 45 countries around the world and worked with top brands like National Geography and Skyscanner.
4. Christine | Grrrltraveler
I first discovered Christine through her viral YouTube video “How to use an Asian squat toilet”. Her charming personality as well as her spontaneous and respectful attitude when it comes to experience new cultures really appealed to me. The main mission of her travel blog is to inspire women at any age to find their GRRR for travel. Apart from pursuing her dream of being an actress, she also devotes her time filming and documenting her adventures on Instagram and Youtube.
5. Oneika | Oneika The Traveller
Oneika is an awesome solo traveler with a mission to inspire people of color to explore the world. She the host of two major travel channels “One Bag You’re Out” and “Big City Little Budget“. And with years of traveling experience under her belt, she’s had the privilege of visiting more than one hundred countries while winning awards along the way with her travel blog. Just by following her on Instagram, you will be inspired to take your behinds off the couch and start working towards your goals.
6. Kristin | Be My Travel Muse
Kristin is another one of the major travel blogger/female solo travelers that you should follow in 2020. At around the age of 26, She ditched her miserable investment banking job that she once thought would bring her happiness and decided to follow her heart. By changing her mindset and making the brave decision of pursuing what she truly wants in life. Seven years later today, she’s been all over the world, hitchhiking, free-diving, and living her absolute best life. Kristin is definitely an inspiration to all. And I hope you all can follow your true passion through learning about her story.
Kirsten is an amazing photographer that travels the world while sharing her beautiful creations with her loyal followers. Though she rarely appears in front of the camera, through her lens, we get a peek into her mind. The way she tells a story about a country through photography further exemplifies the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Today, she works with international brands such as Four Season and Travel + Leisure. By recognizing and utilizing her unique talent, she not only provides value to these major companies but also influences future travelers around the globe.
8. Mel | Girl Eat World
Okay, if you’re a shameless food addict like me, you have to follow Girl Eat World! Mel found accidental success with her Instagram account a few years ago, and now she has a major following base of 370k. One of my favorite things about her account is how consistent she is across all posts. Every single photo, she holds her food at the same angle, the same way. But what’s even more impressive is that she still manages to tell a story about the place that she’s visiting through capturing the background. Scrolling through her Instagram is definitely not a good idea late at night. But if you need some inspiration about what to eat in different countries. Her Instagram will for sure help you out!
9. Kate | Adventurous Kate
Kate, as her blog name suggests, is quite the adventurous solo female traveler. She started her blog to show women that solo travel is not as scary as it seems. Not only does she provide solo travel safety tips for women, but she also debunks many myths surrounding female solo travel. On her Instagram, you can follow her along the many adventurous travel journeys that she embarks on throughout the year. And maybe by living through her vicariously, you’ll invoke the adventurous solo traveler spirit in you as well!
10. Aileen | I Am Aileen
Aileen is a Filipino solo traveler/digital nomad who lives a sustainable travel lifestyle while spreading her footsteps across the globe. At the young age of 21, Aileen already figured out what she wanted in life. She quit her corporate job after realizing that it wasn’t her cup of tea. And from then on, she’s been sharing her travel story and adventures online with millions of viewers. She shows us that trying to win the rat race isn’t the only way you should go about living your life. And that there are millions of other ways to make money online without draining your soul. I think she is quite a spectacular and brave woman. And hopefully you’ll find some inspiration through her as well!
11. Gabby | Packs Light
Gabby is a young Generation Z entrepreneur/solo traveler with a mission to inspire other young people to explore this beautiful planet. Her blog Packs Light is full of positivity and light. She provides tons of valuable travel advice and inspirational posts to encourage her readers to take action and live the life that they want. On her Instagram account, you can follow her daily stories as well as fun travel posts to get a glimpse into her life. Oh yea, she’s also a TED talk speaker! Just another reason why she’s awesome!
12. Charlotte | Charlies Wanderings
Charlotte is another solo female traveler that I adore. After experiencing some personal setbacks throughout her twenties, she decided to take matters into her own hands, and change her life around. She taught herself how to photograph, set up a blog, and establish a successful Instagram account. She didn’t let her life circumstances rule her world, and instead, she used it as a fuel to propel her to higher grounds. Read more about Charlotte on her blog Charlies Wanderings and check out her Instagram account because her photos are honestly so stunning!
13. Kiona | How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch
Kiona is a gem! She has the most entertaining and fresh perspectives on travel and really does practice what she preaches. Her blog gives readers different perspectives on how traveling as people of color can feel and look like. She also has a series of blog posts like “Traveling while Asian” and “Traveling while Native” where she allows guest bloggers to share their stories on the platform. If you’re into travel influencers that are not afraid to speak the truth, you’ll definitely enjoy Kiona’s Instagram account.
14. Asdghik | The Jetsetter Diaries
No, I didn’t spell her name wrong. Asdghik is an Armenian female solo traveler that specializes in a combination of luxury and adventurous travel. Her Instagram account is where she utilizes her high engagements to interact with her followers and encourage them to explore the world. Her blog has been featured in Vogue, Forbes, and other famous news outlets. Apart from sharing her travel stories, she also shows aspiring bloggers how to make a full time living through monetizing their blogs.
15. Marcy Yu
Last but not least, Marcy is another one of the many female solo travelers you should follow on IG! Her Instagram posts are literally like fashion magazine photos. Absolutely breath-taking! Just by scrolling through her pictures, you’ll get so many inspirations like how to pose, what to wear, and which locations to take Instagram-worthy photos on your trip. Also, who is her photographer? I DESPERATELY NEED TO KNOW!