“I remember thinking, ‘What am I doing?’ I had a great husband, I had a great house, I had all this safety — this big safety net — and I’ve just taken myself out of it. Am I doing the right thing? What is this going to lead to? It was really difficult. And there were moments on the road when I was just distraught and confused but I think once you take that giant leap of faith, the only way is forward. And it’s only natural to want to go back to something that’s really safe. To go back to your old life but if you just keep going forward, then you learn to trust, in whatever it is you learn to trust in. For me, it’s the universe. I trusted that everything will be okay. And since then doors have opened. I don’t regret that at all. I’m definitely living the right life for me now.”
Lisa Eldridge is an author and journalist, whose works been published by Insight Guides, Sunday Times Travel, and Real Travel magazine. With a background in the travel industry, she set out at twenty one to live and work in numerous countries, totalling 85 — about half of which she visited on her own. But it was in Eastern Asia that she found the inspiration to create something from her curiosity, and her site site Girl About the Globe was born — an ethical travel resource for women who want to travel, and might need to do so on their own.
She recently successfully Kickstarted her own book, A Female Guide to Solo Travel.
Solo-female travel is a topic we get into a lot on this show — and we’ll be exploring a little this month (April 2015). I wanted to chat with Lisa at a deeper level about the complexities and differences of being a woman on the road, and why it is harder for women to find the same transformative experience on the road as I did, and continue to do, in my travels.
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