Something I’ve realized fairly recently about myself as a person and as a woman: I’m pretty fearful by nature. I’m the type of person who preempts things, anticipating disasters or tragedies during situations that are—on the grand scale of things—only slightly difficult. I think it’s fair to say that with a lot of first-time solo travelers, especially female solo travelers, the anxiety you get before a trip may be a concern.

But don’t worry! In celebration of Women’s Month, we’re going to be talking about all the reasons why you should go on a solo adventure and why you shouldn’t be afraid to do it. Below are five myths about traveling solo that we’ve happily debunked thanks to the proper research, the right attitude, and just a little bit of inspiration.

On bravery:

While I won’t deny that a bit of extra bravery and/or diskarte tactics can go a long way in traveling solo, I’d also like to say that this point of view is also kind of invalid. You don’t have to be incredibly brave or super street smart to travel alone! You just have to do it and things like bravery, spontaneity, and all those #travelgoals virtues will follow. Take inspiration from jet-setters like Shay Mitchell, Haley Dasovich, and Aileen Adalid and go where you want to.

If you’re still feeling nervous, then simply plan your itinerary based on what you’re comfortable with! Worried about being alone? Visit a place where you have friends or relatives nearby whom you can call in case of an emergency. Not sure you can figure out how to navigate through the city? Do your research or ask the locals. It really is as simple as that.

On interaction with strangers:

Come on, you aren’t six anymore. You’re a strong, independent woman who knows how to take care of herself.  In traveling—and especially in traveling alone—talking to strangers is a pretty vital part of making your trip a memorable one. It can open you up to a whole new world and if you’re lucky, to some pretty deep friendships (or romances, if that’s what you’re looking for). Of course, this doesn’t mean to throw common sense out the window. Always trust your gut and don’t let anyone make you do anything you’re not comfortable with. Other than that, a harmless “how are you?” shouldn’t be a problem. As a matter of fact, it may even lead to something beautiful and unexpected (i.e. meeting the love of your life?). You never know! 😉

On your views of the world:

A lot of people think that the world is even more dangerous for women than it is for men, and while that can be true in some cases, things are definitely getting better. Women are more educated and more aware; women’s rights are more strictly upheld. And of course, women now are more independent than women a few decades earlier, meaning they’re more capable than ever of taking care of themselves.  

Ultimately, the fear of the world boils down to the fear of the unfamiliar (culture shock, in other words), but we can tell you—as a community of avid travellers—that the world is nothing to be afraid of. As a matter of fact, it’s the opposite; the world is beautiful and something to be curious of, and proud about. Go and embrace all that it has to offer! We only live once.

On traveling solo:

Obviously false. Traveling is something you should definitely try to do alone, at least once in your life. Don’t let society or your family tell you otherwise. Just take a look at the growing number of female nomads and wanderers and you’ll understand. We guarantee that at the end of your trip, you’ll learn something new about yourself and feel great for all the things you’ve achieved on your own.

On the feeling it gives:

Here’s the thing: everything is about perspective. You can think of traveling alone as boring, or you can think of it as an exciting adventure. The way we think of it is the latter: an opportunity for you to do what you want, whenever you want, without any set expectations or judgments from those around you. Staying in a land of strangers can be strangely freeing: you don’t have anyone to look after, except yourself. So do yourself a favor and go out, explore! Don’t waste an opportunity like this thinking that it’s going to be boring, when really, it’s the furthest thing from boring.

Of course, everyone has a different preference. Some people may simply ~prefer~ traveling with others over traveling alone. But still, just try going on a trip by yourself: there are so many advantages to doing it without your family, friends, or SO. For one, you get to focus on yourself and do what you want to do! You get to make friends from all over the world and you also learn more about how the world works and how to take care of yourself.

So go on out there and make your momma proud by showing the world exactly what you got! And before you go, we just want to say: Happy Women’s Month! Here’s a salute from Team CVMN to all you badass women out there.

Artworks by Chloe King