Brooke Saward is a seasoned traveler and a self-proclaimed daydreamer. With more than 70 countries under her belt, she’s amassed a massive following along the way (573k fans on Instagram and counting). “Life was not meant to be lived in one place,” reads her mantra, and one we’d like to follow.
According to Saward, most of her travels are solo. “I travel by myself 90% of the time, yet am sometimes joined by family, friends, and even readers,” she explains on her website, where she encourages other women to follow suit. “The next question is more often than not ‘don’t you get scared traveling alone!?’ and the answer is an overwhelming no!” she admits. “I often write about how hard it can be at times, but I really do love traveling solo as an experience and think it is something we should all experience at some stage in our lives.”
She explains that traveling alone can be an experience of a lifetime, especially for women. “You don’t need a travel companion to enjoy yourself, explore a new country, or embrace a culture, unlike one you’ve never been immersed in before,” stresses Saward. In many ways, her guidance is the ideal travel companion, as she explains the ins and outs of solo travelling.
But what does a seasoned traveler do in the age of Coronavirus? Buckle up, basically. “For a girl who couldn’t sit still, suddenly that’s all I can do,” reads a recent post by Saward. According to Saward, she dedicates this time to working on her memoir. “This memoir has been eight years in the making with as many break ups, bad decisions, lost luggage, and loneliness,” she writes, candidly.
You’d want to follow her in any case.