RVing & Travelling As a Single Lady
Today is one of those (rare) days that I’m having a smidgen of writers block. So, instead of rambling on about us, I thought I’d switch it up a bit and ramble on about others, in this case other ladies. You see one of the topics that comes up frequently in RV forums is how to RV as a single lady. Lots of women, especially older women on their own, dream about going on the road, but get thwarted by fear & uncertainty. This fear can be so paralyzing that it completely derails their life and that’s a very sad thing indeed.
I’ve never RV’d as a single (well, unless you count the times Paul has been away), but I’ve done ALOT of single travelling in my lifetime. In my youth I backpacked and traveled across Asia, Europe and even parts of South America, sometimes with company, sometimes alone. I’ve also hiked for years solo across many mountains & trails in the US. I’ve never carried a gun, although I’ve always made it a point to think about where I was travelling (i.e. avoid known, dangerous areas), always had extra supplies on-hand (e.g. basic emergency supplies & food) and occasionally carried basic protection (e.g. pepper spray). Most importantly I’ve never let fear of the unknown thwart my plans. Travel is in my soul and I’d like to think that if I was on my own I’d be doing exactly what I’m doing now.
During our RV travels we’ve been lucky enough to meet & interact with a bunch of great, single RV ladies who do exactly that. These single RV ladies learn the basics of their RV, listen to their “gut” about stopping in certain spots and learn to overcome their inner fears. Many will often make friends and end up travelling (at least part of the time) with folks they meet on the road. Some will take extra precautions such as staying within sight of other RVers, putting two pairs of boots outside their doors, or travelling with pets, but others just fly free and take it in stride. The important point is that being solo doesn’t stop them from RVing, or even boondocking. In fact some of the single ladies I know are also some of the most avid boondockers I know!
Also being solo doesn’t mean you have to travel alone. For many new solo RVers joining a group can be a great way to get started and some solo’s even prefer to travel fulltime this way. There are many excellent RV groups & forums that cater to solo & lady RVers including Wondering Individuals Network, WomenRV.com, LonersOnWheels and Escapees SOLOs. Also almost every major RV forum out there has a dedicated group for solo’s such as iRV2 and RV Dreams. Even if you chose to travel alone, these latter are fabulous places for asking (and getting) active support on the road for both practical and emotional questions related solo RVing. Lastly, there are many regular RV rallies which can be great places to learn about your rig & socialize with other RVers.
But rather than talk about this through my own, limited experience I’ll refer you to the blogs of cool gals who are out there living adventures of their own. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and it’s in no particular order either, but perhaps this will give some of the aspiring RV ladies out there some inspiration to go seize their own dreams:
Me and My Dog -> Barbara has been solo-RVing with her doggie in a 24-foot Class C since 2011. She’s an avid boondocker and spends much of her winters in the desert with summers in New Mexico. She’s written alot about solo-RVing including this excellent post on Safety For Solos.
RV Sue & Her Canine Crew -> I’ve been lucky enough to meet this lovely lady several times in our travels. Sue solo RVs with her doggie Bridget (sadly, her other doggie Spike just recently passed 🙁 ) in a 17-foot Casita and spends more than 90% of her time boondocking in the wilds. If you’ve ever wondered if you could RV solo on a budget this blog will give you the answer. Sue publishes her down-to-earth musings and detailed expenses on her blog and has (rightfully so) a huge following of fans. It’s eye-opening to read her Road To Vagabond Living.
Interstellar Orchard -> This mid-20’s lady has been RVing solo in 17-foot Casita for several years now. She works on the road and blogs openly and honestly about what it takes to do this lifestyle & find workamping jobs as a single, and somewhat introverted lady. I particularly like her 2-part blog series on Avoiding Loneliness as a Solo Fulltime RVer.
Travels With The Blond Coyote -> This active young gal is an adventurer after my own heart and has been travelling & solo RVing in a teardrop camper for years. Her blog shows you that anyone can break traditional boundaries. I particularly like her post about Facing the Fear Factor in solo travel.
Geogypsy -> This lady isn’t exactly a fulltime RVer although she does spend almost half the year living in her RV as a ranger at the Grand Canyon, but she is an active traveller especially to South Africa. Think you can’t stay young forever? Well, maybe not, but you can certainly travel like it and this lady shows you how.
Take To The Highway -> We’ve crossed paths with fellow “lighthouse nut” Suzanne several times in our travels and have always enjoyed her upbeat personality and engaging company. Suzanne travels solo in a Winnabego View and writes a vibrant blog with excellent pictures. She’s a wonderful example of a solo RVer that thoroughly enjoys the lifestyle she’s chosen.
Life On The Open Road -> Dianne has been a fulltime RVer for 15(!!) years. The last few years she’s actively traveled much of the year with the WINs (Wandering Individuals Network). The latter is an organization of active, travelling individuals and a great alternative for solo RVers who prefer to travel in a group.
On The Road With Riley -> This lady travels with her cute doggie Riley in a 26-foot Lazy Daze Motorhome. In Feb 2012 she found her perfect RV, sold her house, quit her job and took off on her fulltime RV adventure. She spends much of her summer time in New Mexico (love those state parks!).
There are lots of other excellent, single female bloggers including Good Luck Duck, WinnieViews, Maila’s Miles and Sassy’s On Da Road. Plus probably many, many more I don’t know about or forgot to mention. Does this inspire you to travel? Do you have a favorite single female blogger that you follow? Do comment and add to the conversation below!SPONSORED LINK:
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