Many women have typically played a supporting role as it relates to her family, job, and how she has navigated through life. It seems within the last decade or so there have been many women of all ages who have declared (whether out loud or to their internal selves) there is a “Me” inside who has been neglected. Whether intentional or unintentionally, women tend to take on more than sometimes humanly possible and at what cost. There are plenty of studies out there that suggest women suffer more from depression and stress. I won’t get into the details of this, however, I think as a woman myself this is something that cannot be ignored.
Throughout time we have witnessed and learned of women who have accomplished major feats, such as Amina Queen of Zaria who was an African warrior Queen who is remembered for her brilliant military strategy and how she expanded Zaria under her reign. Queen Hatshepsut (one of only two recorded female pharaohs) who reigned over Egypt for more than twenty years and built temples and monuments you can still see today in Luxor. Wangari Muaathai who founded the Green Belt Movement and won Nobel Peace Prize for being an environmentalist. Shirin Ebadi who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights for women, children, and refugees. Rigobertha Menchu Tum for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation for indigenous peoples in Guatemala. There are too many to recognize the list goes on and on throughout history.
Today we see many women who talk about having it all, I sometimes wonder what that really means. Well, for many of us it can be as simple as having some “Me” time. We try to encourage our friends to join us on a trip, but all too often it ends with disappointment. This has laid a foundation for women to take control of their own destinies, which at times may mean traveling alone. Although, we may tend to think this concept is new, it is not, however, the travel industry has noticed a sharp increase of women who travel solo. There are even travel groups on social media who discuss their travel plans and meeting up in a location, if in the vicinity.
Many women are just tired of waiting for their friends not following through or they don’t have anyone to cater too. Others have indicated they are newly divorced or are simply doing what they want to do. Women also find they are their best company and take this time to enjoy the world and what it has to offer. One of the best quotes I have heard from someone I will not identify is, “Forget the lines. Draw outside the box. It’s much more fun out here.”
This type of adventure or self-awareness is not for everyone as we are not all alike, however, there is a movement and women are making a statement. Based upon the response from women it is here to stay! They will no longer allow circumstances to dictate what they will and will not do. This new attitude is fierce and we will see this trend continuing as women take on more leadership roles, women deciding to put off the traditional societal roles, and women enjoying a sense of freedom and self-awareness.
If you are a woman who travels solo, please share your journey on how you decided to take control of your life and follow your heart.
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