Liz Carlson Encourages Other Women to Travel Solo

If there’s one thing we’re missing these uncertain days, its international travel. As we get used to a new normal, we test the waters when it comes to new traveling experiences. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, traveler preferences and behaviors have shifted toward low risk, familiar, predictable, and trusted. Travelers are prioritizing independence and authenticity and will require reassurance to travel safely.

When we finally return to our favorite pastime, we already have a tour guide in mind. Travel blogger Liz Carlson lives up to her online moniker—the Young Adventuress. With more than a decade of traveling under her belt—and most of it alone—Cralson encourages other women to try independent traveling.

In fact, she even has a blog post, scratch that—a manifesto—about it. “Without sounding incredibly cheesy, I think my happiest moments are when I get emails and messages from readers asking advice about traveling the world, alone, female or otherwise,” says Carlson. “The older I get and the more experience I gain roaming the world and talking with strangers, the more and more conscious of the gap between men and women in so many different spheres—especially even in the US—I become.”

The first thing you should take in mind is that it’s not half as scary as you might thing. “For the number of times I legitimately felt in danger, I can give you 1000 examples of beautiful, friendly, and unique moments that surprised me to no end while traveling,” she writes.

With more than 200k followers on Instagram, people are clearly taking note.

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Kia pai tou tatou Matariki 💫 Happy Matariki (Māori New Year) ⭐️ @giuliosturla and I are headed down to Rakiura (Stewart Island) this weekend to celebrate with some of the @eat.newzealand team like @thefoodfarmnz and @gravityfishingnz – I haven’t been back since I found my beaching pilot whales. I’m excited yet emotional to return to a place imprinted on my heart ❤️ . Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in midwinter and for many, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). According to some of the stories, when Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the earth mother) were separated by their children, the god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens, and the 9 stars we can see in the Matariki cluster are his eyes. . Stars are incredibly important in Māori culture. Tohunga kōkōrangi (expert astronomers) used stars and star clusters such as Matariki to help them navigate great distances across the Pacific, including arriving to New Zealand. Fingers crossed for fine weather this weekend for some stargazing with some incredible humans in an incredible place! . #matariki #nzmustdo #newzealand #stewartisland #rakiura #canopycamping

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Forever obsessed with being cozy 🍂 . Check out my wee inflatable air beam bud glamping tent from @lotusbelletents decked out with my favorite sheepskins from @wilsondorset, two of my fave kiwi brands ❤️ As the world changes, I really really hope that New Zealand continues to foster and support local businesses. More than ever it’s so important to consider where to drop your dollars, and I’m really thinking a lot about supporting my friends. Every single day I thank my lucky stars I’ve been allowed to live in such a wonderful country who cares about its people in a meaningful way. Here, you really feel looked after, like the country has your back. That feeling of security is priceless to me. . With the new financial packages, not only have we received quick government subsidies, but also there’s some really cool loans and grants available to keep people going. I’m not a financial expert by any means, but here it feels like we are being helped from the bottom up, that each individual actually matters. . For example, last week I applied and received an epic small business loan that I’m planning to use towards getting a personal side project (that brings me so much joy) it off the ground. In many ways it feels like now is the time to take a fucking risk and try something new here. In fact, I’m not sure I would have ever done this if it wasn’t for COVID. . What’s the worst that could happen? You fail at trying to do something you love? Who cares? Failure is a teacher, messing up gives you experience! Go for it! Once you’ve failed at something, it’s not really scary anymore. Why not try something new? . #nzmustdo #wilsonanddorset #wanaka #newzealand #takerisks #covid #coronavirus

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