Leyla Giray Alyanak is a solo traveler that has traveled the world over—and is still hungry for more. Over the years, she managed to get lost in a Mozambican minefield, paddle her way out of a Philippine flood, and survive an elephant cow stampede in Nigeria—meaning, she learned the art of taking care of herself on the road or in any foreign city. Her goal now is spread her knowledge with other women who want to travel on their own.
“This entire website should NOT be necessary,” she writes on her website. “Solo female travelers should not need to take special precautions, travel with greater awareness or behave in certain ways just because we are women. But sadly, the world is a less than perfect place, and we do have to be aware of those differences. I won’t let them stop me from traveling on my own, and I trust you won’t either.”
Her blog—titled aptly Women on the Road—is a safe space that provides women with intelligent travel planning tools, creative tactics for spending less, and advice on making money to fund your travels, alongside essential information to help women stay safe and deal with unfamiliar situations on the road.
“Women on the Road exists to help women with the nuts-and-bolts of solo travel: how to plan a trip, how to stay safe, what to take, how to budget, how to avoid getting lonely—all the things you face before, during, and after you travel,” writes Giray Alyanak. “We are curious, smart, enterprising, enthusiastic, inspired or dynamic—we are women who want to see the world on our own terms.”
Based in rural Eastern France, Giray Alyanak continues to travel and encourages women to do the same. “Forget the partner, forget the doubts—you can own this!” she writes.
And while international travel might not be encouraged these days, she might just inspire you to travel locally, and on your own.