Liz Carlson’s Manifesto to the Solo Female Traveler is a Must Read!

With more than 200k fans on Instagram alone, Liz Carlson, aka the Young Adventuress is a celebrated travel blogger and a New Zealand celebrity. “A friend once described me as cynical but kind in equal measure, a disturbingly accurate bio,” writes the American based in New Zealand blogger. “If you’re a fan of chaos, brutal honesty, sarcasm and girls who think they are wittier than they actually are, then you’ve come to the place. No, no don’t run away just yet.”

With more than a decade of traveling under her belt – and most of it alone – you’d want to hear her words of advice. And while international travel might not be in the cards for us for some time, there’s no stopping us from daydreaming.

Carlson’s blog post dedicated to the solo female traveler, and presenting a no-filter manifesto to solo traveling, is our first stop. “Without sounding incredibly cheesy, I think my happiest moments are when I get emails and messages from readers asking advice about traveling the world, alone, female or otherwise,” writes Carlson. “The older I get and the more experience I gain roaming the world and talking with strangers, the more and more conscious of the gap between men and women in so many different spheres—especially even in the US—I become.”

Her first necessary tip? Be brave and don’t be afraid to travel alone. “For the number of times I legitimately felt in danger, I can give you 1000 examples of beautiful, friendly, and unique moments that surprised me to no end while traveling.”

We can’t wait to follow her lead!

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Yesterday I did something big and scary, at least for me. I submitted an application to @ucgatewayantarctica to do a postgraduate certificate in Antarctic Studies next summer here in New Zealand. . For the past decade, I rode the wave of success my travel blog has brought me, getting paid to travel the world. But since my experience with the beaching whales on Stewart Island, I found myself wanting to do more with my work. Just writing about travel and taking pretty photos isn’t enough for me. I want to really make a change in both policy around conservation and also inspiring my generation to truly give a shit about the natural world. We live on an extraordinary planet, one I’ve been privileged enough to explore. I want to do all I can to keep it that way. . The one place that truly speaks to my soul and I love the most is the Antarctic. I’m hungry to learn more, to educate myself on this wild place, and to bring it to life for you all in a way that is powerful and creates change. Antarctica is the frontier for climate change. What happens here impacts us all. . Applying to grad school a decade after I left university is scary. Submitting an application to be judged is scary. Telling you all I’m doing this is scary. I’ve always struggled with feeing I’m not good enough, that perhaps I’m not a “real” photographer or that my writing isn’t valid because I type with my thumbs. . Last year I had the word “courage” inked in my inner elbow to remind myself to be brave and to take risk, take that leap of faith into something new. I’ve never felt more convinced this is what I should be doing. Wish me luck! . #pcas #antarctica #antarctic #climatechange #intrepidtravel #becurious

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