The world is teeming with good people. Teeming! They’re out there- chilling in tiny towns, bustling about big cities, frolicking in the countryside… ok, that’s enough. My point is: there are lots of good people and you can find them in all of Earth’s nooks and crannies.
But it’s not always easy to connect with them.
Not from thousands of miles away at least. And especially not for solo female travelers who may (understandably) be a bit wary of traveling alone in the first place.
That’s why I love getting behind people who are encouraging, empowering, and overall making it easier, for women to do it.
Maxine Outerbridge is one of those kickass people. She’s an incredibly inspiring young woman (click here to read her story), whose app – Bungee Girl – is doing all the right things to help make solo female travel less scary, and more realistic, for girls around the world.
Two years ago I set off by myself for the first time (uh hello, time? where’d you go?) but before I left I was barely sleeping. I would lay awake at night with anxiousness vibrating through my body.
And for some people, that nervousness can be much worse- it can be incapacitating.
& that’s exactly the problem Bungee Girl is trying to solve.
Instead of connecting you with a stranger’s couch, Bungee Girl introduces you to other women in your position. Even better, it connects you with girls who are looking to take the same trip you are; but in reverse.
If you’re headed to Paris, connect with a Parisian headed to your city. If you’re after the local’s favorite place to get cannoli in Rome, or a good cafe with wifi in New York City, or if you just want to know you have a friend waiting for you in Hong Kong… You get the picture. It’s the kind of stuff you can’t easily google, and the peace of mind that helps you click “purchase” on that flight.
And I really want you to book that flight or plan out that road trip. I need you to.
Because best case scenario, you wind up like me: still on the road years later, the happiest you’ve ever been, following dreams you never realized you had, and answering more questions about yourself, and the world, than you even knew to ask.
That’s why I respect Maxine- she’s created a powerful tool that supports women in traveling. And, in doing so, she’s connecting people from around the world, fostering independence, and providing keys to unlock the parts of cities that wouldn’t otherwise be available without a local’s help.
This is what I’m most addicted to about traveling: gaining real knowledge about different cultures, and better understanding who I am as a person- moreso, learning how to be a better person– and that is all thanks to the people I’ve met, the novel situations I’ve come across, the vulnerability of it all.
People help people. It’s a common theme of travel you come to recognize pretty quickly.
When you find yourself being shown overwhelming kindness- the sort that confuses your typical understanding of intrinsic motivation- you’ll question where these incredible souls have been hiding. The answer is, they’re the travelers too. Because they get it. You’ll meet them once you get out of your comfort zone, whatever or wherever that may be.
And it seems like a bunch of them are waiting to be found on Bungee Girl, so I’d strongly suggest downloading the app here, ya know, if women empowering women is something you’re all about.
Do you know of any other awesome apps or sites to help/inspire solo girls to travel? Please share below if so.. spread the love. ❤️
disclaimer: I received payment for this post, but the opinions expressed in it are entirely my own, entirely honestly, and entirely un-exagerrated.. which isn’t easy for this Italian to do.
Love this! Didn’t realize the app Bungee Girl existed! Travelling is the most exciting, freeing, inspiring thing someone can do in my mind. Being able to travel alone, as a woman in this world is priceless! Making connections with other travel bugs is exciting!
Thanks again for this post!
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You’re welcome, thank YOU for reading! And huge thanks to Maxine for creating this wonderful app to help other women have even more life changing travel experiences 🙂
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Hi Danielle, thanks for liking one of my posts. I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog and I’m able to stumble upon yours. 🙂
I totally agree with your post! Solo travel is one of the best ways for self-discovery and healing. I accidentally jumped on the bandwagon last year and never looked back (despite being happily married). Thank you for the tips and look forward to sharing the WP journey with you. 😊
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