Fear holds so many of us back from doing what we really want to do – fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of not being in control. In ‘Women on the Road’, Leyla Giray provides a useful kick in the butt for women who are teetering on the edge of solo travel. As an independent and strong solo traveller, she shows you that there is nothing to be afraid of.
As she puts it : “Did you put off that dream to raise children or take care of parents? To build your career? Or your partners?” Reading this book may just provide the spark to ignite the dreams of many women to explore the world.
In addition to the initial firestarter, Leyla Giray takes an authoritative stance on an immense array of topics in her informative volume. She covers money (how to save it, and spend it), avoiding trouble such as scams and unwanted attention, the ideal places to stay for solo female travellers, wellbeing – both physical and mental, and reintegration back into home life after an adventure.
Clearly, ‘Women on the Road’ is packed with resources, personal anecdotes and tips that can only be learnt by experience. Lucky for you if you decide to snag yourself a copy – this advice from those who have gone before is worth its weight in gold.
The e-book comes complete with easy to access layout and interactive contents menu – meaning you can skip from section to section and draw out the information you need. It’s perfect for women who already have some experience with solo travel and want confirmation they are on the right track. Similarly, it’s great for complete newbies when it comes to solo travel. If you’ve never left the bounds of your home country but are beginning to feel the itch of your feet – you may find the whole 210 pages useful!
A large section of the book is dedicated to sharing the stories of other women who have taken the leap into the proverbial unknown and gone travelling solo. Answers to frequently asked questions in ‘laywoman’s’ terms by ordinary women who turned to the travelling lifestyle – about safety, eating alone, accommodation and transport.
The book makes for relatively light reading; I was able to make my way through the 200-odd pages in a mere few hours. Be warned though, if you’re more of a visual person the images in the book aren’t exactly striking.
Giray has opted for a more text-heavy approach – which works if you’re using the book as an informative guide rather than something to sit and stare at all day. In that case, the layout of the book rather suits the intended purpose.
A generic book of travel tips would do little to help many older women who are thinking of taking the plunge and travelling solo.
Journalist Leyla Giray hones in on her target audience with ‘Women on the Road’ by asking, and answering all the right questions. While the tagline states it’s an essential guide for baby-boomer travel – I’m sure a wide age demographic would be able to find some useful gems within its pages.
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