The Beauty of Traveling Solo

Even though this blog began with stories about our travel adventures as a couple, more often than not, I’ve traveled to dozens of destinations as a solo woman.

I have written about the subject of solo travel quite often on this blog — with posts like Top 10 Destinations for Solo Female Travelers, Travel Tips for the Solo Adventurer, and Things I’ve Learned from Traveling Solo — but as a photographer at heart, I wanted to show the beauty of solo travel with a fun series of artistic images.

The Beauty of Traveling Solo - Tahoe, CA

The inspiration behind this photo series began with a Disney-themed party hosted by a friend of ours. At her request, I would be Cinderella for the evening. I found a gorgeous costume online at a huge discount.

For anybody who knows me, I am not the type to spend extravagant amounts of money on costumes — I rarely even dress up for Halloween — but this dress was too inexpensive to pass up.

I wore the costume to the party and felt like a princess the entire night. I’m not kidding; I wish every woman could wear a Cinderella costume once in her life.

As someone who refuses to spend money on something I’m only going to use once, I started fantasizing about wearing this costume again. That’s when the idea for this series of photos was brought to light.

Every time I cram this gigantic dress into my suitcase or drag it along on a long hike, I tell myself I’m crazy. In fact, I’m sure my fellow travelers who have witnessed my self portraits in this dress (often in the snow) have wondered about my sanity. But once I see the resulting photos from each location, those hours of lugging around my heavy suitcase are easily forgotten.

Valley of Fire State Park - Nevada

I often receive emails from both women and men about traveling solo and whether or not it’s scary. Friends and strangers have thrown around the word fearless simply because I choose to hop on a plane alone. However, I am far from fearless.

There are plenty of times I feel a twinge of anxiety as I pack for a solo trip — even after countless times of doing so. What keeps me from canceling my flights are the memories of all of the special moments I’ve spent alone in a foreign country (like the week I spent in Wales) and the infinite kindness of strangers I’ve met along the way.

Why Every Woman Should Travel Solo (At Least Once!)

St. Mark's Square, Venice

Pushing past those initial fears can lead to incredible things. There is a beauty in facing your fears and that is what I hope to convey with these images.

I hope this series of photographs will somehow encourage women (and men!) to embrace their confidence, go explore, and view the world as a magical place.

Encouraging people to travel is important to me because I think it teaches us that we are all the same. People around the world may have different life experiences, speak another language, or practice a different religion, but the ways in which we similar are far greater than the ways in which we are diverse.

Traveling teaches us to appreciate other cultures and it shows us that the world is not as scary as we have been lead to believe.

The Beauty of Traveling Solo - Frozen Lake in Jasper, Canada

Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Salk Institute San Diego, California Photography

The Beauty of Traveling Solo - Tahoe, CA

The Beauty of Traveling Solo - La Jolla, CA

The Beauty of Traveling Solo

St. Mark's Square, Venice

Valley of Fire State Park Slot Canyon - Nevada

The Beauty of Traveling Solo - Cabo San Lucas

I’ll be adding photos to this series throughout the year and sharing them here and on Instagram – so make sure to follow along. I have some exciting travel plans coming up and I’m definitely taking Cinderella along for the ride!

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Christy Woodrow is a travel photographer and professional blogger based in San Diego. She has been traveling around the world with her partner in crime, Scott, since 2006. Join them in their quest to find off-the-beaten-path destinations by signing up for weekly emails and following her on .

  • Britt

    I love this series – great photos & very inspirational! The one under the bridge is a particular favourite. Would be awesome to know the locations of all these shots.

    • Thank you! That’s the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California — it’s one of my favorite spots for photos. I’ll have to add captions to the post.

  • The one in pictures look like a princess who is lost in her own world. This is exactly what you feel while traveling solo. The experience is always rewarding.

  • Tricia

    You are making me want to buy a princess dress to travel with now. Your photos are incredible!

  • Chi dela Resma

    Hello Christy, I am a female solo traveler and love to take fantastic photos of each destination I go to. Im just wondering how do you take these photos of yours, if you’re solo? I mean who take your gorj pictures? I really want to know, thanks so much

  • Rease Kirchner

    So beautiful! I am always amazed at how incredible your photos are, and even more impressed that you can take such amazing photos of yourself!

  • I LOVE this so so much! The one of you on the bridge in Venice is perfection.

    • Aww thank you, Amanda! 🙂 You should have seen the looks I got during that photo shoot.