After being made redundant during the recession and ending a relationship Victoria Philpott, creator of vickyflipfloptravels.com, started travelling solo around the world. The travel writer and adventurer says that travelling solo or travelling alone as a woman shouldn't be a reason to hold you back.
Solo travel allowed me to decolonise my mind, divorce myself from America’s white supremacist beliefs and experience a fulfilled, nourished life.
Advice on how to meet people on a trip, whether you're traveling solo or on vacation with friends.
Not only could I go anywhere I wanted, but I was single.
The experience was worth every nervous, testing minute of self-reliance it required – heading off somewhere utterly unfamiliar on my own has boosted my energy and self-confidence
"Welcome home", I was told with a smile as I stepped into CasaSandra after a mammoth 20 hour journey from London to Holbox Island and it felt like home. All my worries and apprehension were washed away the moment I walked up the candlelit footpath of the boutique hotel. My Mexican adventure had begun.
What I have to regularly remind myself is that people will judge you whether you worry about their opinions or not, so you may as well do what you want to do. Plus, when you think about it, worrying about the opinion of others is actually incredibly self-indulgent because it's based on the assumption that you are important enough to others that they even care about what you're up to.
You don't need a butler. Forget private planes. Because when it comes to the latest trends in luxury travel, it's not about conspicuous indulgence and exclusivity any more - it's about you.
"Holy fuck!", I thought as I walked through airport security, away from a waving Charlotte as I fought back tears. It seemed ironic that in walking into airport security, I was leaving behind my own. "What the fu*king fu*k am I doing?"
Stay at hostels and track down the nearest Irish pub.