The women of Her Packing List are a different breed of traveler. They trek the Annapurna Circuit, teach English in South Korea, scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef and explore India by train. They aren’t afraid to get dirt underneath their fingernails. They don’t worry if their top clashes with their pants. They are, above all, outgoing, adventurous and intelligent women setting an example for their peers. They don’t wait until their career calms down to travel because they understand that life is for the taking TODAY.
There is no “good time” to travel. Every time is the right time.
You already know you want to see the world, so do it. Take the plunge. And declare your commitment by pledging your allegiance to the female travel manifesto.
Live unconventionally by wandering outside of your comfort zone. Boldly go somewhere, close to home or on the other side of the world. Others may have been before you, but you will be leaving your footprint, hiking boot or stiletto, in the dirt. Be scared to travel, but don’t let it stop you.
Don’t let stereotypes shape your opinion of a destination. Keep an open mind. Understand that you are a representative of your homeland, whether you want to be or not. Use common sense in regards to your safety.
Do something spontaneous. Don’t hesitate to go after what you want or to forge a new path. Give back as often as you can to the world that has offered you so much.
Pack smartly and be prepared for the unexpected. Never take more than you can carry. Leave the high-maintenance attitude at home.
Don’t waste time wallowing or comparing things to how they are back home. Remain present and in the moment. Accept that it’s okay to be alone at times.
Do what you want to do. Even if it means doing the “touristy” thing. Spend one day during your travels just relaxing, not worrying about what you “should” be doing.
Realize that not everyone is cut out for this lifestyle; that most people won’t understand. There will always be doubters. Learn to value constructive opinions and ignore the negativity.
You are a female traveler, and you are ready to see the world.