On March 23, 2016, IU South Bend archivist Alison Stankrauff gave a presentation on her summer 2016 trip traveling solo through Vietnam, a trip she described as “nothing short of amazing” and “days of wonder.”
She encouraged all her listeners, but especially women, to consider embarking on an adventure on their own and referred them to resources for solo women travelers.
She told her audience that traveling solo had empowered her, allowed her to forge a deeper connection to the places and people where she was visiting, and helped her to think about who she is and what kind of person she would like to be.
This talk was sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and International programs. Thanks to media services for filming the talk.
Alison’s guides introduced her to the people, culture, and food of Vietnam
She had a chance to visit cities
as well as the beautiful countryside
and she loved exploring the public markets
but best of all were the people that she met,
…and the chance to do it on her bike.
More resources for women traveling alone:
Solo Women Travelers – A closed group on Facebook – a*very* affirming group, offers good advice!
HostelWorld – “Solo Female Travel: Nine Myths and One Truth”:
“…one of my big big BIG opinions that I frequently and loudly profess in real life as well as online is the following; I am a strong believer that all women should travel solo, at least once in their lives.”
Jessie on a Journey: “How Solo Female Travel Changed My Life (And How It Can Change Yours, Too).”
GypsyGals: A love letter to traveling solo and female in Hanoi!
Women’s Adventure Magazine has Vietnam in its Top 10 Places for Women to Travel Solo:
“I have never felt that my gender has been particularly relevant in Asia.”