The Female Travel Manifesto

HPL's female travel manifesto

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 remember the words of the female travel manifesto along the way.

Her Packing List's Female Travel Manifesto

Wander outside your comfort zone. Boldly go somewhere, near or far. Leave your footprint in the dirt. Be scared to travel, but don’t let it stop you.

Overlook stereotypes. Shape your opinion through experience. Keep an open mind. Represent your homeland in a positive light.

Do something spontaneous. Go after what you want without hesitation. Forge a new path.

Be a responsible traveler. Be kind to nature. Give back as often as you can.

Pack smartly and be prepared for the unexpected. Never take more than you can carry. Less is more.

Be aware of your surroundings. Use common sense in regards to your safety. Stay confident.

Don’t waste time wallowing or comparing things to home. Remain present and in the moment. Accept that it’s okay to be alone or homesick at times.

Do what you want to do. Do the “touristy” thing. Take a vacation from your vacation when needed.

Not everyone suits the travel lifestyle. Most people won’t understand your desire to explore. Live a lifestyle you love. Value constructive opinions and ignore the negativity.

You are ready to see the world.

Written by Caroline

Caroline Eubanks is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but has also called Charleston, South Carolina and Sydney, Australia home. After college graduation and a series of useless part-time jobs, she went to Australia for a working holiday. In that time, she worked as a bartender, bungee jumped, scuba dived, pet kangaroos, held koalas and drank hundreds of cups of tea. You can find Caroline at Caroline in the City.

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Gear We Use

Organization

Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.


Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.


Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Clothing

Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Accommodation

Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking!

Booking.com – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. George says

    Yes so many doubters. I always get asked when I’m coming back to “settle down” don’t people realise how silly that sounds. Settle has such negative connotations why would anyone want to do it.

  2. Ali says

    Don’t let the fear stop you from traveling – love it! I’m always trying to encourage people to travel and to work past their travel-related fears. We all have those fears, I still get freaked out sometimes, but you go anyway because it’s the only way to show yourself there’s no reason to be scared.

    • Carmen Schaffer says

      I completely agree..as a former social worker turned travel agent, travel is probably one of the only things that shows you what you are made of as well as what you are capable of.

  3. Abby says

    A beautiful manifesto. 🙂 Weirdly, I find “being scared” half the fun of doing about anything, and I so rarely see others admit and/or understand that. Love!

  4. Debra says

    AND, please do not think it is just for you when you are young! I trekked all over the world in my 20,s and now I am doing it again in a similar way in my 50’s! The time in between was more conventional travel and it was nice but a little too safe and boring. I just quit my job and am spending the rest of this year on the move! Woo Hoo! 🙂

  5. Nada says

    I just turn 45 – my plan was to travel at 50. But tomorrow is never guarantee so I’m going NOW five years early, yes I’m a bit afraid to go away for 30 days but I’m also excited! Did my homework got my passport updated and I’m OUT!!!

  6. Alista says

    “Accept that it’s okay to be alone at times.”
    That actually brings up something I’ve been debating. Just for fun I’m planning a (hopefully not theoretical) “gap year” round the world trip for the year or so after I finish high school. It’s a little bit nerve-wracking to imagine being alone for fifteen months in any number of COMPLETELY unfamiliar countries and cultures (especially if it would be my first experience of living on my own), but at the same time I’m all for diving in head first and I love going out of my comfort zone and trying new, scary things. I think it could be fun to go with a friend, but at the same time I’m afraid that traveling with someone else could take away from the freedom of doing things that interest me but that might get vetoed by a travel companion. Do you have a post on the pros and cons of solo travel? If not, any thoughts?

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