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She Roams Solo Ladies – Ieva

Ieva is the author of The Random Passion project: story and resource library for aspiring digital nomads and new freelancers. After working as a freelance graphic designer for several years, she decided to pursue her true passion and connect with digital nomads and freelancers all around the world and spread a message - your random passion also can be the career of your dreams!

Tell us about your first trip alone overseas? What emotions you felt, scared, happy, excited, was it a mixture of everything? How old were you? Where did you go?

I am from Europe so most of my travels have been around here and I haven't really traveled "overseas" yet. Just over some smaller, European seas, haha. But when I first traveled with an airplane I might have been around 5 years old. I flew with my family to Turkey and I definitely remember it as a really fun adventure! I remember it pretty clearly and I do believe that I was nothing but excited and super happy. Maybe it was a sign that I'll love traveling from there on 🙂

Traveling has taught me that you'll find some help and support everywhere. There really are amazing people all over the world! We just have to be open minded to meet them!

How has your experiences travelling alone been compared to traveling with someone? Do you have a preference on alone or traveling with someone?

In both ocassions there are some pros and cons. I've traveled alone for several times because of my own choice. I was actually moving to a new country all alone as well. Once again, I have to say that I felt nothing but excitement and happiness! It's a really great feeling to be on your own, do whatever and whenever you want. Choose an apartment you prefer, in a city you want to live in, be around people you enjoy the most.

At that point I never actually thought "Oh, I'd love to share this with someone!". I always felt really good being on my own although I am an extrovert and I love being around people... Anyhow, since being in a relationship for a longer time, I can't imagine traveling alone so happily anymore, haha. When I have someone I love and I care about, I really do want to share every impression with this person.

I see traveling with someone a bit more challenging since you always have to keep in mind the other person. Mood-swings, changing plans, some arguments. On the other hand, I really enjoy that there is someone I can share with, I can ask for an advice and just be with. Oh, and there's always someone who takes photos! haha

What are your thoughts on traveling alone as a women and the issue of safety?

Luckily, I've never felt unsafe when traveling alone. I'm really isolating myself regarding news so I just don't put all these "danger" thoughts on my mind and live all by myself as I want to. I know that it's better not to walk around in the nighttime in shady parts of the cities. I try to gather all the necessary info about the city and it's "crime scenes" so I don't end up there. Other than that, I feel like safety has never been an issue. But I haven't really traveled to countries where it's a topic...

I'm really isolating myself regarding news so I just don't put all these "danger" thoughts on my mind and live all by myself as I want to.

Tell us a story about your best travel experience (with or without someone else)

Oh, this is a tough cookie! But I must go with the first time I traveled alone. I went to Denmark to visit a friend of mine who studied there. And after a week in Denmark I moved to Italy where I went to work as an Au-Pair (live-in nanny, teaching kids English kind of stuff). At that point, I really felt like everything is possible. It was just the beginning of my adventure and although it might not be the best of the best, it was a big turning point for me!

What are your top 3 favourite countries you have traveled too?

Italy, Italy and Italy. Haha, no. I really like it but maybe not as much... Anyhow, so far I've traveled mostly in Europe so they'd be:

- Italy

- Croatia

- Albania

What is your least favorite experience or country traveled too?

When I was living in Albania, there was this "stormy-season". Albania is a pretty poor country without a good infrastructure. And although I enjoyed living there, this one month of neverending storms and crazy wind (so crazy that I felt the newly-built house swinging in the wind on my 9th floor) was insane. You never knew when you'll wake up without electricity for the whole day...

Also, when I was in Frankfurt just for one night layover, when there was a huge immigration from Syria, there were immigrants all around, full streets. It really made my want to stay in the hotel the whole time...

What has traveling alone taught you?

We all have to take some time alone! Just to enjoy this feeling of freedom. Especially, if you're young, whether it's "just-out-of-highschool" young or "I-don't-have-kids-yet" young - enjoy the freedom! Travel alone, explore new places, don't plan, just go for it.

Traveling has taught me that you'll find some help and support everywhere. There really are amazing people all over the world! We just have to be open minded to meet them!

Lastly what advice would you give to someone who is looking to travel alone but is too scared?

Start with countries that are rather safe. For example, in Europe you can travel almost all big cities without a care in the world. Yes, Germany is a bit tricky right now so maybe don't go there. But southern countries are really friendly and safe! Although you might need some time to adjust their friendliness... Try a short trip at first and then you'll see that there's nothing to be scared off!

Always let people know where you're going and maybe try to find some friends there before arriving. For example, you can use Couchsurfing or some Facebook groups to meet some locals, etc. In that case, whenever you'll need some help, you'll have at least someone to get in touch with!

Try a short trip at first and then you'll see that there's nothing to be scared off!


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