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More women are traveling as solo female travelers. This fairly new genre has been long coming and we couldn’t be more excited! In an effort to inspire others who may be investigating their own solo adventure on wheels, we are compiling stories, tips, tricks and hacks from some of Instagram’s most well-known solo female travelers. These posts will eventually be turned into a FREE downloadable eBook. In the meantime, Lindsey, of @girlgoneglamping, tells us why she chose to take to the road with nothing but herself and her Earth Roamer. She has been at it for 2 years now and has no desire to stop!
I had been self-employed for about 6 years. I knew there was a freedom associated with that, but had never fully taken advantage of that freedom. I started thinking, “what if I could live everywhere?” Next thing I know, I’m living life on the road.
There is so much I love about it! Mostly the freedom I feel being out on the open road. I love the ever-changing backdrops from mountains to beaches to desert landscapes. I also love the people I’ve met and this overall feeling that I’M ALIVE!
I’ve learned to deal with it, but I hate that something always seems to be breaking! When your house is on wheels, it’s just par for the course. I use to get really upset about it, but I’ve learned over the years to roll with it.
Sometimes I miss having a gym or grocery store I am familiar with. I typically don’t stay in one place too long so I’ve had to adapt to always being a little out of sorts when it comes to these things. And the heavy reliance on Google Maps.
I had a 6-month plan to take my time and do my research. Then, maybe 3 weeks into this plan, I found myself at the Airstream dealer and, lo and behold, the trailer I was to own came in on consignment. The dealer looked at me and said “this won’t be here at the end of the week.” Without researching this particular year or model of Airstream, I decided to make a low offer, because why not?! Within 24 hours, they accepted my offer and things got real! I had been living in NYC and Chicago for 5 plus years, hadn’t owned a vehicle in that time and still had 4 months left on my apartment lease. So my 6-month plan quickly became a 6-week plan!
I bought a truck, sold 3/4 of my belongings, subleased my apartment, read every manual I could find, questioned myself and my sanity a hundred times or more, and then BOOM, I was on the road!
It was a steep learning curve. I had never towed a trailer let alone backed one up! I had to learn the difference in AC and DC voltage, how my water pumped worked, and all the other things that go into RVing. It was intimidating at first, but you learn, you adapt.
I’ve learned so much from making mistakes! Putting dents in my trailer, backing up my sewage lines, pulling away and forgetting to connect the truck to the trailer!! You make a big mistake like that once, and you normally don’t make it again!
I (finally) feel very confident in my skill set when it comes to most things RVing! I would say the new challenges that I’m facing are more related to potentially switching up what type of rig I want to live in.
This is a great question! I think it does. Mostly in two different ways. One being safety. It is just a fact that as women we are not as strong as men, and because of that we often feel more vulnerable. You have to take a few extra safety precautions in my opinion as a solo female traveler. Secondly the way parts of our society still don’t view women as equal to men. I have gotten a lot of strange looks and comments over the years because I am a women doing this solo. I strongly feel a man doing this solo would have gotten much much fewer looks and comments. I’ve pulled into some RV parks and had men say to me, with their hand extended out “give me the keys, I can back it up for you”. To which I respond, “I’m good, but if you want to stand watch for my blindspot, that would be helpful!” with a smile on my face. It doesn’t bother me as much as it use to, but the few times I’ve broken down or gotten stuck in a ditch, I find myself defending my actions that led to that situation to the men who arrive to help. Because I don’t want them to assume “I’m a dumb girl.” I feel the need to prove to them that I know what I’m doing.
My Mom and Dad. I wouldn’t have been able to get through the initial transition without them. They may not fully understand my passion for travel and this lifestyle, but they’re in full support of it, and have been since day one.
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