Black Girls Who Travel:
The adventures of Maëva: Alone in Asia!
“Women shouldn’t travel alone!” “That is unsafe!” Those were some of the phrases tossed at me when
I shared my ‘solo travel’ dreams with those close to me. This is something that I have wanted to do for
years but have allowed doubts to stop me from sailing off to the sunset. As I grow older, I have
concluded that I cannot allow fear and other people’s opinions to dictate my life. So here I am, at the
age of 29, preparing to embark on my first solo trip to Asia.
In this post I will share with you how I planned for my solo adventure. Here are some ways to make sure you are adequately prepared for your trip:
Study the culture of your destination.
Learn the do’s and don’t! Decide on which area of the country you may want to visit. Figure out the main attractions you
want to see and make sure you choose a hotel that will allow easy access to those places.
Check on their currency!
Figure out how you will access your money. Call your bank!
If you care about having wifi, invest in pocket wifi. In many countries, you can rent one at the
Write out an itinerary with activities for each day. You might not have time for all
the activities, but at least you will not have idle time. Allow some room in your plan to wander
While preparing for this trip, Trip Advisor became my best friend. I created an account and used
their forums to ask multiple questions. No question is too stupid!
I look forward to the solitude, and personal growth that I am sure will come from this. So don’t be afraid
to take on this challenge yourselves and step out of your comfort zone. Be on the lookout as I will be
sharing more of my travel with tips with you all soon.
A Black Girl Who Travels
Written by: Stephanie Maëva Paul
Facebook: Stephanie Paul