Last updated on March 14th, 2022
10 inspirational quotes from wise women
“Let me remind all women that we live longer and better lives when we have sisters we love, not necessarily born in our bloodline or of our race. Sisters.” – Maya Angelou
Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines wisdom as “knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it.”
In these small bits of wisdom, gathered from our readers, we have the essence of a solo traveller: curious, profoundly adventurous, grateful, generous and above all, courageous. These quotes are from women with decades of solo travel experience. Women who have broken barriers, challenged the status quo and followed their hearts. Women who look you in the face and tell you it like it is, without artifice (but always with humour), that you need not follow the crowd. You can do it. You can be the woman you want to be.
“Listen to your heart and travel.” – Evelyn Hannon, JourneyWoman and Solo Traveller
The late Evelyn Hannon was a constant source of inspiration for solo travelers everywhere. Read our Tribute to Evelynn here.
“If someone tells you that you are too old or it’s too scary out there on your own, well…you won’t know until you try. Big girl panties – put them on and carry on! You are stronger and wiser than you think!” – Marion Broverman, JourneyWoman and Solo Traveller
Read “Marion’s Indomitable Spirit”, where she shares her sources of inspiration, including her grandmother.
“Do not impose your values and traditions on people of other cultures, or sub-cultures within your home country. You are a guest in their culture and as such, respect it with grace and kindness. Participate in this culture as much as you can, with an open mind and heart.” – Jeanne Flaherty, JourneyWoman and Solo Traveller
Jeanne participated in a recent Solo Travel Wisdom webinar, which you can watch here.
“It’s easier to connect with the locals when you’re alone. Go to neighbourhoods that aren’t on the must-see list. Sit at a café, write in a journal, paint a picture. DO something and it will attract people to you.” – Karen Gershowitz, JourneyWoman and Solo Traveller
Karen is also the author of “Travel Mania: Stories of Wanderlust”, based on her solo travel experience. Read about her book here.
“One day, you will not want to be like your peers, or follow the crowd. You will be joyfully independent, strong enough to be just who you are meant to be, not a carbon copy of any other person. You will have your first taste of international travel when you will be brave enough to get yourself to Italy. It will change your life and the travel seed will be planted.” – Joy Fox, JourneyWoman and Solo Traveller
Read Joy’s memoir Healing After Heartbreak, about her solo trip to Italy in 1956.
“When I trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, I was lost. Sick and afraid and depleted. And in the weeks of trekking in those heavenly Himalayas, something shifted and cracked open. I fed my soul.” – Jennifer Haddow, JourneyWoman and Solo Traveller
After. multiple sclerosis diagnosis Jennier Haddow traded in her corporate job for one in adventure travel, becoming the CEO of Wild Women Expeditions. Read her story here.
“I definitely was afraid to travel by myself at the beginning. And then I made this leap that allowed me to realize that it’s the things that scare you the most that are probably the ones that are most transformative… it’s a blessing to be able to travel on your own and to be able to make decisions, meet new people, change your plans, be open to the universe.” – Andrea Sullivan, JourneyWoman and Solo Traveller
A passionate traveller, Andrea is the Chief Marketing Officer at VaynerMedia, where she also supports travel-realted causes such as human trafficking and women’s empowerment Andrea participated in a recent Solo Travel Wisdom webinar with us, which you can watch here.
“When you can embrace the authenticity of a place, you can truly enjoy it. At no time was I ever worried about my safety. I felt like an explorer in an undiscovered, lush country. Live in the moment, don’t stress the small stuff and you’ll find your way, eventually.” – Carolyn Ray, JourneyWoman CEO
As the CEO of JourneyWoman, Carolyn seeks to inspire women to follow their intuion and take the first step toward living the life of their dreams. Read “Five Lessons Learned in Living in Mexico Durig the Pandemic.”
“NO. Is a full sentence.” – Lorna Selig, Self-Defence Expert and Trainer
As CEO of Safe4Life, Lorna Selig has been teaching self-defense for nearly 17 years. Read her tips for women to defend themselves here.
“Explore the world. Broaden your horizons, meet new people, view beautiful nature, hike mountains, hills and trails, experience joy and happiness, learn new languages. In the meantime, read books, watch films, plan voyages and then go. Have fun.” – Pattie, JourneyWoma and Solo Traveller
Find More Travel Inspiration in Books
TripFiction’s Tina Hartas recommends five books that allow travellers to see Australia through an author’s eyes.
Our June Book of the Month is Vaddey Ratner’s novel “In the Shadow of the Banyan”, a story of hope and resilience set in Cambodia.
The votes are in! Our next three books take us to India, New Zealand and Morocco.