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As a part of our developing Solo Female Traveler eBook, which will offer stories and advice from well-known Instagram female travelers, we are compiling their experiences into individual posts first. Sloane of @searchingforsloane found her calling to be the open road. On her own, she has discovered beauty and adventure in her journeys along the way.
I chose this life after realizing how precious life is and how you never know what will come next. My father was diagnosed with a terminal illness and it showed me that I couldn’t sit to live my life because I didn’t know if I would have a later.
I started this journey by looking at different vehicles to find the one I wanted to convert. I started with a school bus, and thankfully lost in the auction. I then thought maybe a motorhome and renovate the interior. Then I landed on a van because the ease of driving and stealth abilities.
I love the constant change of scenery, the challenge of no routine, and being able to meet new people almost daily.
I wouldn’t say I hate anything, but the only thing that I’ve struggled with is deciding where to go and what to do next. There are so many choices it can be overwhelming.
The challenge to get here were building my van and finding the right builder. Making sure I could continue to work from the road. The challenges have changed but there are still challenges of this life.
I think being a solo female is not entirely different than being a solo traveler in general. Being solo has its own challenges, because you often have no one there to bounce ideas off of. All the decisions fall to you. The only difference would be a solo male does not have the same possible thoughts of being in a dangerous neighborhood as a woman. However I think living a nomad lifestyle and constantly having your home with you that you are more cautious in the places you go. You constantly check areas to make sure it’s safe for your home to be in. Often, those that support this lifestyle the most are those that are in the community. They are some of the most loving, supportive and helpful people I have met.
I would do it all again and plan to continue this life for as long as I can.
Nothing as of yet.
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