Traveling solo can be a very intimidating thought, but what can be even more intimidating is traveling alone as a woman. Beth Whitman’s informative handbook Wanderlust and Lipstick: the Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo gives new female travelers tips and encouragement before embarking on their first solo trip.

Although this book is targeted towards females, the majority of the guide is not gender specific, meaning any solo traveler can pick it up and find something useful inside. The chapters dedicated to women, however, provide great insight for ladies traveling alone for the first time. Health and safety concerns are addressed in full, and range from hotel safety to malaria prevention to dealing with unwanted sexual advances. The anecdotes Whitman provides are also extremely insightful as she has one for almost every topic discussed. She interviews fellow female travelers with various backgrounds, ensuring that readers can relate to the book.  

Aside from offering the usual travel tips that are commonly found in almost all travel guides, Wanderlust gives the reader the encouragement needed to take an adventure alone. An entire chapter entitled, “Getting Beyond the Excuses” lists the routine excuses people make as to why taking a vacation is a bad idea and then explains why these excuses are nothing in comparison to an unforgettable experience. Many women are afraid to travel alone for countless reasons, including the stories heard on the news. Whitman tries to alleviate this stress by ensuring that the world is generally a safe place to explore; it just takes a few precautions and a positive attitude.

Wanderlust and Lipstick is the perfect guide for any woman (or man) looking to set out on a solo adventure. The tips are straightforward, easy-to-read, and essential for any first time traveler.

Author: Corrie Purvis
Corrie Purvis is a guest writer for the Healthy Travel Blog. She is currently a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech where she is majoring in both communication and international studies. Post-graduation, she hopes to work and live abroad while pursuing a career involving writing.


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  1. What a great read! I will have to check into it. I like to find pretty much any reason not to have to travel alone so I look forward to reading about why I need to push past my comfort zone!

  2. Thanks for the shout out Corrie! Many happy travels to you!

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