Going on holiday with your friends, family or even just your partner often means you have to make sacrifices on where you go and what you do when you get there.
Solo travellers are rarely featured in holiday marketing but they’re a growing breed who appreciate seeing the world alone and cherish the experience of individual adventures.
To celebrate “Plan A Solo Vacation Day”, we’ve tracked down the top female solo travellers on Instagram guaranteed to inspire you to hit the road alone, whether you're backpacking or treating yourself to a bit of luxury.
Oneika Raymond describes herself as a “serial expat”, who’s been to over 80 countries in the last six years. She’s happily married but still loves the feeling of independence that comes from an individual trip and the interesting people she meets along the way. She speaks three languages and loves culture so you can expect lots of scenic ruins and world landmarks from her Instagram.
Brenna Holeman doesn’t just travel the world to see a new place, she’s interested in the self-reflection that comes with journeying alone. Her photos feature local people and the mundane but beautiful details of their everyday lives.
Kristin Addis is so passionate about women travelling alone, she’s written Conquering Mountains: How To Solo Travel The World Fearlessly, a practical guidebook for women stepping out solo for the first time. Her Instagram photos show that while travelling by yourself might be scary, it can also be immensely rewarding; she’s explored glaciers in Patagonia, stayed in an ice hotel in the Arctic and seen the Northern Lights.
Shannon O’Donnell is a former actress whose blog of her year-long trip around the world has evolved into a one-stop-shop for travellers wanting to get the best out of their destination. Named the National Geographic Traveller of the Year, Shannon captures the heart of the places she visits with stunning landscapes and detail shots that will have you clicking back for more.
New Yorker Tausha Cowan’s mission is to prove that you don’t have to quit your job to see the world – when she’s not boarding flights or packing suitcases, she holds down a career in communications. A self-confessed "in-between" traveller, The Globe Getter is a great Instagram to follow if you don’t want to rough it back-packing but haven’t the funds to go all-out luxury.
Lucy Laucht’s photographic skills are evident as she seems to transform every one of her destinations (from Cuba and Panama to Peru and Mexico) into something that looks like it’s straight out of National Geographic Magazine.
Californian Kiersten Rich left her job in corporate finance to go travelling and has since amassed 146,000 Instagram followers and several travel awards. As well as fantastic photos, Kiersten’s holiday wardrobe will have you reaching for your bikini and sun hat.
Liz Carlson, originally from America, quit her job and moved to New Zealand a few years ago. Her Instagram photos show nature at its most dramatic with towering snow-capped mountains and gigantic waterfalls. She’s planning to “wander, eat, and photograph” her way around the world so why not follow her adventure?
If Christine Kaaloa’s Instagram photos inspire you to travel the world on your own, check out her blog. It's full of useful tips on everything from how to escape holiday loneliness to the art of using squat toilets.
Anna Lysakowska’s Instagram reflects her love of animals as well as her wanderlust. Over her nine years of travelling the globe, she’s fed a kangaroo, played with an iguana and swam with manta rays, proving solo holidays don't mean you can’t make some new friends along the way.
Looking at her photos, there doesn’t seem to be a corner of the globe that Flora Baker hasn’t explored. She has an obsession with weirdness in the world and her snaps of colourful, jam-packed souks and abandoned trainers along the Camino reflect this.
Hayley Griffiths likes to call her style of travel “Adventure for the Unadventurous”. She’s all about inspiring women to break out of their normal, everyday routine and do something amazing. For her that means heli-hiking on the Franz Josef Glacier or camping on a desert island in the Philippines.
Chloe Gunning left her stressful media job to travel the world in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. She likes a mojito and is a bit of a foodie so don’t be surprised if her photos of fresh tiger prawns and Moroccan tagines leave you salivating.
Angie Orth gave into her wanderlust in 2010 when she sold all her belongings, packed her suitcase and headed off on the road. Her blog and Instagram might show off the beautiful places she’s been to - Laos, The Dominican Republic and Jordan are among them – but they are unpretentious and down-to-earth, in keeping with Angie’s “girl next door” persona.
When she turned 30, Diana Edelman celebrated by quitting her job in PR and leaving her home in Las Vegas to move to Asia and volunteer for the Save Elephant Foundation. She believes in responsible tourism and loves capturing vivid snapshots of the exotic destinations she’s been to.