So, who am I?
My name is Carly and I have been exploring the world as a solo female traveler for more than fifteen years. Some of my most memorable travel experiences include:
- Swimming with wild dolphins off the coast of Utila, Honduras
- Riding dilapidated Soviet-era cable cars in Chiatura, Georgia
- Sleeping in hedgehog-infested yurts in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert
- Teaching English to the employees of one of the world’s most famous chocolatiers in Turin, Italy
Even though I’ve been traveling solo for almost fifteen years, I feel like I still get the same old questions. Just this morning I was talking to a woman who works in the same field as me, who I hadn’t seen in a few months. She immediately asked, “How were your summer holidays?” I gushed about the great food I’d eaten, the wonderful people I’d met and the beautiful sights I’d seen, yet her only follow-up question was, “But did you feel safe?”
The truth is, I feel safer riding the subway in Mexico City at rush hour than riding the subway system in my hometown. I feel safer hitching a ride through the countryside with a man and three nuns (yes, that happened!) than I do walking across the icy parking lot to my car after work each day. Far more than 99% of the people I’ve met in my travels have jumped at the chance to go out of their way to share their city, their language, their culture and their dreams with me. The kindness always feels amplified in developing countries and disputed territories, where people can’t believe that a girl from Canada would fly all the way across the world and spend day after day on buses and trains just to visit their home?
Join me as I share my top female travel tips, destination guides, unbelievable travel stories and advice on how to make your dreams of wanderlust become reality.