Traveling is a gift, and everyone goes on adventures in different ways. At Alaska Wild Guides, we’ve met them all: large tour groups, couples, groups of childhood friends and even solo travelers. Of all the people we’ve met throughout our journey as a company, some of the most fascinating and inspirational are solo female travelers.
Solo female travelers are not always as common as other travelers in Alaska, but when we do encounter them, we find them to be interesting, driven individuals. Solo female travelers represent the strong pioneer women who helped shape the region. They represent what’s great about traveling as a whole, and are true inspirations.
We love encountering solo female travelers in Alaska because they embody the spirit of bravery, wildness and happiness. It’s not that other types of travelers don’t also embody these things, but the experience of traveling as a female alone in the wild is certainly one to be admired and learned from.
Here are some of the top reasons you should consider traversing Alaska solo.
Do whatever you want
Sharing travel experiences with friends and partners can be fun, but one of the best things about traveling alone is that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. There are no compromises, no arguments over which path to take, no turning back early because one person is tired.
Traveling solo means following all of your dreams and desires and not letting anyone get in the way of that. This is a gift we all need to give ourselves once in a while.
Push yourself out of your comfort zone
Sometimes, when you travel with people you’re comfortable with, you have a harder time straying from your “norm.” It can be tough pushing yourself past your boundaries and straying from the familiar, even when you’re in a new place.
Traveling alone can be a new experience in and of itself. Many female travelers are scared to go it alone, whether due to safety or the unknown, but return from their trips with newfound self-confidence and a desire to push the limits a little more.
Get in tune with your body and brain
When you’re traveling alone, you have a lot of time to spend with you and only you. This can be a great time for introspection and learning more about yourself. Dig deep to understand your strengths and weaknesses, think through situations causing you stress and take the time to learn something new about yourself along the way. You may find things that surprise you!
Meet new people
Finally, traveling Alaska solo gives you the amazing opportunity to meet new people and potentially create lifelong friendships. Traveling with friends is great, but you tend to socialize with those familiar to you instead of branching out.
Traveling alone forces you to interact with strangers, ask for help and strike up conversations that could grow into lasting personal relationships.
Find your adventure in Alaska
Whether you’re a solo female traveler or any other individual heading to Alaska for a dream vacation, don’t forget to push yourself to the limits, enjoy your time and, of course, have fun. If you need help on where to turn, seek the advice of Alaska Wild Guides, a local wilderness adventure tour company.