Feeling the urge to travel again? Or even looking for a change of career? Look no further than these travel writers for all things solo female travel — these women shape the way their followers travel globally, no matter the budget, age, or taste.
To mark International Women’s Day 2021, which has been held annually on March 8 since 1977, we spoke to these 4 inspiring and pioneering women who turned their dream of traveling into professional careers.
Claudia Tavani — My Adventures Across the World, Strictly Rome, and Strictly Sardinia
Claudia is a full-time travel content creator from Sardinia, Italy. She’s traveled to most continents and is a fan of all things Latin America, where she first went backpacking in 2013. She followed her passion to make the switch from former human rights lawyer to full-time travel writer and coach.
Chrysoula Manika — Travel Passionate and Greece Travel Ideas
Chrysoula’s from Greece and loves traveling, dogs, and crime novels. She spent a year working in tourism in Edinburgh, Scotland. She’s the owner of Travel Passionate, a mainly European-based blog, along with some other blogs such as Greece Travel Ideas.
Jo Fitzsimons — Indiana Jo and Visit Prosecco Italy
Jo is a Londoner and lawyer-turned-travel-writer who packed her bags and traveled the world in 2010. She’s now the mastermind behind solo female travel blogs Indiana Jo and Visit Prosecco Italy.
Allison Green — Eternal Arrival
Allison is a full-time content creator from California. She runs the travel blog Eternal Arrival using her own content, plus managing a team of writers. She traveled to 60 countries before the age of 30, and has also lived in Prague, Sofia, and New York. She’s passionate about encouraging responsible travel, enjoying food from around the world, and empowering people to pursue their travel dreams.
GetYourGuide: Hi everyone — thank you for talking with us. Tell us, how did your content creation journey begin?
Claudia: I decided to open my first blog when I came back from an eventful trip to Havana that didn’t quite go as expected. I thought that if I wrote on someone else’s platform that I may risk being censored.
So, I knew nothing about SEO, how to make people read what I wrote, or anything about WordPress, but I enjoyed it so much that I kept at it. I guess it worked out well in the end, but I gave it my heart and soul.
Chrysoula: People would always come to me for advice when planning a trip. So, when one of them suggested that I could start a blog to share my experiences, I jumped at the opportunity.
For the first 2 years I was working on Travel Passionate alongside my full-time job, but I later managed to quit that to work full-time on the blog.
Along the way, however, I discovered that blogging could be a full-time, profitable enterprise, and I geeked out learning about all the different ways I could generate an income while living a life of travel. I’ve now co-founded and run several websites focused on tourism.
GetYourGuide: What were the main challenges you faced in building your blog, and how did you overcome them?
Chrysoula: The main challenge I faced in the beginning was the lack of knowledge. I didn’t even know the basics of starting a blog, but I was determined to make it work.
What helped me a lot was reading — I spent hours online reading about WordPress, SEO, Social Media, and affiliate marketing. I also joined some very helpful Facebook groups and eventually took a course on SEO.
Jo: The main challenge was technical expertise. Outsourcing it was one of the best early decisions I made. It also took me a long time to find the right income model. There are many ways to monetize and lots of advice about the ‘best’ way. But the best way is the way that works for you.
Allison: For me, a large part of my own journey towards having the career I dreamed of was overcoming my own demons and self-defeating tendencies. I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, both of which are more frequently diagnosed in women. Prioritizing self-care and accessing mental health care treatment were as essential to building my blog as every other resource I invested in.
Once I had my own back in terms of my mental health, I was able to see very clearly what I needed to do in order to succeed. It can be hard to ask for help, because often people are so quiet about their own mental health struggles, but it was essential for me in order to grow into being the woman and business owner I wanted to be.
That’s why I’m so vocal about mental health in everything I do: because I believe in normalizing the fight against it and showing people that it doesn’t have to define them or dictate what they can and can’t do.
GetYourGuide: What do you plan for your own development? What’s next for you and your business?
Claudia: I’m extremely ambitious and only think of expanding, so part of what I make from my sites is invested into improving them, hiring people to delegate tasks to, or enroling in useful courses.
My biggest wish is to have more hours in the day to put all my ideas to work! At a time when many complain about lack of inspiration, I actually find it hard to stop as I have too many ideas.
Jo: I’d love to tell you that my development involves courses and pretty pastel planners, but it’s more gritty than that. It involves taking risks and making mistakes.
In the middle of a project, I’m often found sitting under my desk, in a crying panic, eating biscuits, trying to figure out how to fix what went wrong. When I crawl back out, I’ve usually learned a lot. The important part is crawling back out.
Allison: The COVID-19 pandemic has been disastrous for many content creators, myself included. But I am grateful that it gave me the time to pause and take a look at what I wanted out of this career.
For my business, that’s meant focusing local and starting my California travel blog, California Crossroads, to encourage people to travel safely within their home state. The definition of “travel” is looser than I used to think — I used to think it was all about getting on a plane and traveling to a never-before-seen country. But travel can be closer to home and more “everyday” than we often think.
There’s no reason why going for a hike in a state park a few hours away or visiting a local Chinatown a few cities away shouldn’t be considered travel. If it’s new, breaks the routine, makes you feel alive and curious: that’s travel.
GetYourGuide: What are the key pieces of advice you would give to someone who wants to become a content creator?
Claudia: The more you write, the more you want to write. Start with generic posts first, then create more detailed guides that fit into them.
For example, if you write a classic, such as “places to visit in Rome“, you can write a post for each and every place you mention in Rome afterwards.
Chrysoula: For someone starting now, I would suggest looking for their own unique angle, something that they are passionate about and enjoy doing. I would also suggest that they spend time educating themselves, especially about SEO, and network with other people in their field.
Jo: It has to be your passion. It’s not always easy — there will be times when you fail and times when life gets in the way. But passion is the magic ingredient that keeps you creating.
GetYourGuide: What are your tips on balancing career development with a personal life?
Jo: Accepting that the to-do list will never get done. Ever. New projects will get added. Old projects will take longer. Set healthy boundaries, like work hours and time off. Your career should be fun with just the right amount of pressure — burnout isn’t fun.
GetYourGuide: What advice would you give to women embarking on solo travel?
Claudia: Just do it! It’s one of the most exhilarating, liberating things you can ever do. It’s a great opportunity to get to know yourself better and travel at your own rhythm, while following your interests and budget. You learn how to put yourself first.
And, you’ll have plenty of occasions to befriend other like-minded travelers (I met some of my best friends on the Inca Trail). But remember, safety is important. My number 1 piece of advice: don’t hike alone!
Jo: Talk to people who’ve done it. People who haven’t will tell you all the ways you can’t do it. Someone who’s done it will tell you all the ways you can (and then tell you that you don’t need to pack that much underwear — there will be laundry services along the way).
Allison: It will be scary at first, but there is great joy in doing things that scare you and coming out safe and wiser on the other end. Trust your gut and prioritize your safety, but don’t let fear stop you from doing anything you dream of doing.