A Woman Alone: Travel Tales From Around the Globe

Edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, and Christina Henry de Tassan

This collection of travel tales shares the experiences and adventures of solo women travelers across the globe. From locales as mundane as a few cities away to remote villages so far removed from the norm that they exist more as fantasy than reality, the authors of these travel narratives impart a sense of respectful awe, innocent mirth, and the occasional piece of wisdom that can only be gained from hard-earned life experience. The essays recount tales as diverse as harrowing drives through blizzards and winding mountain roads for a long weekend of isolation, to being the first female in 5,000 years to participate in a camel race, to desperately seeking a sense of safety and security amidst confusion and foreign language after a simple mugging. The women behind these stories travel for pleasure, escape, excitement, change, learning, and countless other reasons. Through their travels, they crash through the limits of their comfort zones, challenge preconceived notions, and experience personal growth by taking in small pieces of the world and integrating them into their personal reality. All along the way, they stop just long enough to pause, reflect, and write so that others can perhaps also make their personal worlds slightly larger and the global village slightly smaller.

I enjoyed this book for many reasons. It introduced me to new corners of the globe (which I didn’t think was entirely possible) and ephasizes the importance of learning from the what the world offers you. Rather than touring, most of these essays recount experiences of exploring differences, seeking out personal challenges, coming to terms with humility in a foreign setting, and appreciating culture for what it is rather than using difference as a way to emphasize what is (and is not) familiar. I also loved that it told women’s stories of travel. And, of course, it incited a fierce sense of wanderlust. If you have any interest in the possibilities that exist beyond daily life, this book is well worth your time.

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