SheSociety had the chance to ask community leader Carlea Visco and admin of one of Brisbane’s most prominent Facebook Groups, Women Caravanning, Camping And Travelling Solo, a few questions on the benefits of solo travel!
Tell us a little bit about yourself – who you are and what you do
I’m Carlea and I work in administration for the Queensland Government. I love travelling, camping and caravanning!
Tell us more about the Facebook Group, Women Caravanning, Camping And Travelling Solo
I initially started this Group as a way to connect with like-minded women who were happy to travel on their own. Not just single women, all women who were happy to leave their partners or friends and family to travel the world. My intention was to create a database for women travelling alone to refer to with useful tips such as self-defence, mechanics nationwide, etc. However, it has morphed into mainly a Group of women who all love caravanning which I’m OK with! There have been some beautiful friendships formed because of the Group and a real culture of women supporting women.
What do you think are the benefits to solo travel?
The freedom of it – you can travel where you want, when you want, how you want, and not be bound by the whims of anyone else. It can also be a great way to make new friends along the road, and to learn a lot about yourself.
Do you think there are any misconceptions when it comes to solo travel?
I think a lot of people place solo travel in the ‘too hard basket’. It’s certainly not as lonely as many people perceive it to be, and if you do feel lonely you can always turn to a Facebook Group to connect with other like-minded women.
How can we encourage more women to travel solo?
I think for a lot of women safety is a concern, and that is certainly a conversation to be had – it’s important to have your wits about you. I’d encourage other women who are thinking about travelling solo to think of it as something to be proud of. You’ll never lead a boring life!
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