5 Women Travelers Who Are Taking On The World

Let’s all say it together: women are freaking amazing.

Here are five brilliant women who are thriving, taking up space, and taking on the world.

Where are you from? Where does your heart and/or previous travels tell you that you belong?
I am an American-Pakistani… but honestly, my heart screams for Korea and Japan. If I could, I would move permanently to one of these countries. In summer, my heart cries for Tuscany – especially Florence. I just see myself roaming around the beautiful city, painting all the time with Italian music playing in the background as my life track.
Throughout your years (or months) of traveling, what was one of your proudest moments? 
How confident I felt while traveling. So before Aski and I got married, I was a frequent solo traveler and I still travel solo time to time but I was proud of myself for being confident and not being scared. My first ever solo trip was to China and Japan at the age of 17. I didn’t know the language but I knew I wanted to interact with EVERYONE so it isn’t a single moment but more of a feeling of confidence. I don’t think I would’ve discovered feeling that way if it wasn’t for traveling on my own at that age and since then I have continued to do so. I come from a culture where it isn’t common to go alone – so going alone to a whole other country is next level.
What’s one word of advice you’d like to give other women who travel?
LADIES be fierce and do not worry! You got this!  Travel to where-ever your heart takes you. Oh, and write postcards to your future self OR your children.

JENEKA / @jenekajool

 

Where are you from? Where does your heart and/or previous travels tell you that you belong? Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – Florence, Italy
 
Throughout your years (or months) of traveling, what was one of your proudest moments? I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I partook on my first solo trip back in 2017. A friend bailed the NIGHT BEFORE she was supposed to arrive (as I was teaching in Italy and she was supposed to meet me) and rather than allowing fear and discomfort to overpower me, I navigated and explored 8 breathtaking countries entirely solo with an open mind and a 65L backpack.
 
What’s one word of advice you’d like to give other women who travel? TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. Women RUN the world, so why are we walking and waiting to experience it?
Where are you from? Where does your heart and/or previous travels tell you that you belong?
Born, raised and currently living in and between Newcastle/Sydney Australia. I think this will always be home and no matter what I will find my way back but there is just something about Spain that is calling my name… probably the sangria. Haha!
 
Throughout your years (or months) of traveling, what was one of your proudest moments? 
This is a tough one because there really are so many all for different reasons.
One of my proudest work-related travel moments is to be the first blogger Visit Solomon Islands has ever worked with. Undoubtedly one of the most unique trips I have been on to a country so full of history yet so untouched and pure. I produced some of my favourite content ever here that I will forever be proud of.
As for my general travel, I would have to say pushing myself to keep travelling despite crippling anxiety makes me proud of myself every day. In particular, one moment I find myself regularly looking back on is from LAX of all places. I was solo travelling on my way to Costa Rica, somewhere that felt in the moment, the furthest place from home I could go. I worked myself up so much to the point I collapsed into a blubbering mess on the floor. Everyone stared but not a single person offered to help me, I have never felt more alone solo travelling. Alas, I picked myself up and checked in for that flight anyway after freaking my parents out with a 1 am a mess of a phonecall. Costa Rica may have not been the trip of my dreams but you know what, I did it and I still had a lot of fun.
 
What’s one word of advice you’d like to give other women who travel?
Look for opportunities and be open and ready to take them! While waiting for opportunities to knock at your door is all well and good, don’t be afraid to chase after what you want and really make the most out of your travels.

PAULA // @curlyhairadventuresblog

Where are you from? Where does your heart and/or previous travels tell you that you belong?
I am from Boston, Massachusetts but my heart (and previous travels) tells me that I belong in Colombia, specifically Medellin.

Throughout your years (or months) of traveling, what was one of your proudest moments?
One of my proudest travel moments has to be solo traveling to Barcelona, Spain. As much as I love traveling, never in a million years did I think I would travel alone. Leading up to this trip, I was coping with the loss of my father and grandfather – who died four months apart from each other. I wanted to get away and somehow find myself all over again, and I did just that! I felt self-sufficient, self-assured, and self-reliant after that trip – I also met amazing women in the hostel I stayed at, who I’ve traveled, and kept in touch with since that trip.

What’s one word of advice you’d like to give other women who travel?
Do not do it for the ‘gram, do it for yourself. Yes, sure, being able to share your travel experiences and photos on social media is fun, but that should not be the primary reason you are doing it. Do it because you love to immerse yourself in other cultures, or need a relaxing getaway from your day-to-day life. Do it because it feeds your soul, sparks your curiosity, or makes you reflect on your impact as a global citizen.

MICHELLE // @lacoquiviajera

Where are you from? Where does your heart and/or previous travels tell you that you belong?
I’m from San Juan, Puerto Rico! Its a bit cliché to say, but I’ve always believed that a piece of my heart always stays at the destinations I visit. One of the countries that has always stuck with me is Spain. I’ve visited Spain several times now, and have been to different cities even, and for some reason my heart aches every time I have to leave. One of the cities that has resonated with me the most is Barcelona. The feeling I get whenever I’m there is truly like no other! Everything I’ve ever wanted in a place to call home exists there.

Being born and raised in Puerto Rico and having lived in Panama a few years back, I created an inevitable strong connection to Latin America. I’ve always had a fascination with the cultural diversity that can be found here. Every country is extremely different and each of them represent distinct traditions but something that is unvarying within them is the sense of hospitality and belonging they make you feel whenever you visit.

Throughout your years (or months) of traveling, what was one of your proudest moments?
One of my proudest moments throughout my traveling experiences was definitely during my travels last summer! I had just gone through a really dark period in my life and in the process of taking control of my happiness and emotional growth I decided to propose myself several things to get out of my comfort zone: one of them being going on my first solo-trip! I worked non-stop at a shitty part-time job for about 6 months in order to make it happen. Although the circumstances at the time weren’t the best, I can definitely say that it was all worth it at the end. I can’t express the amount of self gratitude and joy I experienced once I knew I had finally achieved what I had challenged myself with! It definitely changed my view on life and ever since then, I made traveling a priority.

What’s one word of advice you’d like to give other women who travel?

I would definitely recommend and encourage other women who travel, especially those in their university years like me, to prioritize making their dream trip happen! Life can be hectic and full of responsibilities. We tend to get stuck in our daily struggles and dream about what we could be doing if “x”, “y”, and “z” happened. Start to determine small goals for yourself and make it a daily habit to strive to tick them off – I promise you’ll be on your way to success! If you don’t step forward, you will always be in the same place! You’ll get such a rewarding feeling everyday and will experience lots of self-gratitude once you finally achieve your end goal. Go after what you want!

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