Bali packing list for girls

The BEST Packing List for Bali – Solo Female Travel 2021

THE SOLO GIRL’S PACKING LIST FOR BALI

Packing for Bali takes finesse, girls! You need to be prepared for a wide range of Bali adventures from swimming on some of the world’s best beaches to taking Instagram photos in Bali’s most Instagrammable cafes. The key to packing for Bali is balance!

In this packing list for Bali, I’m going to show you what to bring on a proper Bali vacation. Follow this solo female travel guide – and you won’t have to worry about over-packing or underpacking.

Here we go. Here is the ultimate packing list for Bali for solo female travelers.

A Quick Guide to this Blog

#1 – CLOTHING

Girls, Indonesia is hot. Like HOT HOT. And while in an ideal world, we’d be running around in a tank top and shorts, we can’t do that because #Indonesia. We’ve got to keep in mind that Indonesia is a relatively conservative country – both on the streets and in the temples.

So trust me when I say that balancing your India wardrobe is an art form.

LETS START PACKING

✔️ Two Capri Pants

For plane rides and car rides…and whatever else you may ride (that sounds accidentally dirty so I’m just going to leave it).

OALKA WOMEN’S YOGA CAPRIS (IN 2 COLORS)

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Three Maxi Dresses or Wrap Dresses

Maxi dresses are the most versatile articles of clothing in your bag!

Dress them up for a night out, cover your knees for a day of temple hopping or throw one on to look airport chic.

Here are a couple of my maxi dress picks…

✔️ Breezy Tropical Maxi Dress

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✔️ Much Obliged Golden Yellow Wrap Maxi Dress

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✔️ Heart of Marigold Rust Red Floral Print Wrap Maxi Dress

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One Midi Dress

For our nights out…we’re getting super sexy by showing our ankles LOL

✔️ Postcards from Positano Blue Tie-Back Button Front Midi Dress

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Two Long Skirts

When you enter temples in Bali, its always a good idea to have a skirt that covers your knees.

✔️ Samoa Blush Midi Skirt

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✔️ Doublju Womens Waist Strap Tie Up Point Long Skirt

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✔️ One Throw-Over or Shawl

Ps. You can buy beautiful shawls in Indonesia!!!

This baby doubles as a temple shawl and an airplane blanket!


The Wayfarer Wraps and Blankets Collection

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One Pair of Flowy Pants

These pants are very Ubud…and photograph really cute. I love these for those long cross-island car rides.

✔️ STARBILD Women’s High Waist Palazzo Wide Legs Yoga Pants Layered Flowy Loose Flared Pants

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Versatile Tops

Bali is so chic and fashionable that you will want to have outfit changes from day to night. Pack some tops that work for both.

✔️ YunJey Round Neck Triple Color Block Stripe T-Shirt

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✔️ Women’s Solid Open Front Tie Knot Crop Top Long Sleeve Deep V Neck Ruffle Chiffon Short Blouse Shirt

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✔️ BLENCOT Women’s Button Down V Neck Strappy Tank Tops Loose Casual Sleeveless Shirts Blouses

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Comfy Travel Undies

I love lace undies and thongs…but when I’m traveling, I got the practical route!

✔️ Warm Sun Women’s Bamboo Viscose Fiber Panties

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✔️ REI Co-op Active Bikini Underwear- Women’s

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Light Sweater or Windbreaker for Nights and Travels

Amed. Ubud. Sidemen. These areas tend to get a bit chilly at night. Bring a light jacket.

✔️ SweatyRocks Women’s Casual Color Block Drawstring Hooded Windbreaker Jacket

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✔️ Amazon Brand – Core 10 Women’s Soft Cotton Modal French Terry Fleece Yoga Wrap Sweater

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✔️ Milumia Women Color Block Drawstring Hooded Zip Up Sports Jacket

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Active Wear/Workout Shorts: https://amzn.to/2HrwCCH 

Bedtime Nightie: https://amzn.to/2UO0vAd

SHOES

I have a holy collection of shoes that I always travel with:

  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of walking sandals
  • 1 pair of cute sandals
  • 1 pair of running shoes

Make sure you tick each box.

Flip Flops

(I’ve been wearing these travel flip flops for 10 years – replacing them every 2 years)

✔️  Sanuk Women’s Yoga Joy Flip-Flop

Best Flip Flops Ever:
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Walking Sandals

I love a pair of travel sandals that are cute to pair with a dress but are also comfortable enough that your feet aren’t sore by the end of the day. 

✔️  Merrell Women’s Around Town Arin Backstrap Sandal

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✔️ Teva Original Universal Black 7

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✔️ Cute Sandals

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✔️ Tennis Shoes or Running Shoes

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Swimsuits for Hotel Pools

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✔️ CUPSHE Women’s Smocked Green and Monstera Ruffled High Waisted Bikini

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✔️ CinShein Women’s Bikini High Cut Leopard Print One Piece Monokini Swimsuits Backless Thong Bathing Suit

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✔️ Tempt Me Women Two Piece Swimsuit High Waisted Off Shoulder Ruffled Bikini Se

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ESSENTIALS

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✔️ 1. Travel Insurance

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WORLD NOMADS
SAFETYWING

✔️ 2. Travel Wallet

Krosslon Rfid Passport Holder Wristlet Travel Wallet

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✔️ 3. Travel water bottle

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

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✔️ 4. Electronic Adaptor

SAUNORCH Universal International Travel Power Adapter

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✔️ 5. Travel Towel

Black Hills Off White Multi Print Travel Towel

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✔️ 6. TSA Locks

ZHEGE TSA Lock 2 Pack

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✔️ 7. Hand Sanitizer

Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel 5-Pack PocketBac Sanitizers

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✔️ 8. Packets of Tissue

Kimberly-clark Corp 11975 Kleenex White Facial Tissue

You won’t find much toilet paper in Indonesia.
Fun Fact: Indonesians interact with food and humans using their right hand, as their left hand is used for bare wiping – as in water + hand = tissue.

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✔️ 9. Menstrual Cup

Saalt Soft Menstrual Cup

You won’t find much toilet paper in Indonesia.
Fun Fact: Indonesians interact with food and humans using their right hand, as their left hand is used for bare wiping – as in water + hand = tissue.

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Platinum Venus Razor: https://amzn.to/2Hrx57V

BAGS AND PURSES

✔️ 1. Main Travel Backpack

Osprey Fairview 40 Women’s Travel Backpack
With the uneven roads in India, I recommend that no one brings a rolley suit case.
The BEST travel backpack I’ve ever used is this Osprey Farpoint.

And because we’ll all have the same backpack…customize yours.

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✔️ 2. Jewelry Organizer

Jewelry Roll Clutch- Travel Jewelry Case

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✔️ 3. Passport and Money Belt

Large Fanny Pack with 4-Zipper Pockets

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✔️ 4. Bra Pouch

Braza Secret Bra Stash

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✔️ 5. Laptop or Carry-On Bag

Hap Tim Laptop Backpack

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Anti-Theft Backpack: https://amzn.to/35X9R30

Travel Wallet: https://amzn.to/3pRX3CG

✔️ 6. Anti-Theft Over the Shoulder Purse

Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag

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✔️ FANNY PACK (IF YOU’RE SUPER COOL LIKE ME)

iAbler Holographic Fanny Pack for Women and Men

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✔️ FOR NIGHT

MINICAT Women RFID Blocking Small Crossbody Bags Cell Phone Purse Wallet With Credit Card Slots

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Small Day Purse: https://amzn.to/3kTpP23
Large Day Purse: https://amzn.to/3pOqWnH

BATH AND BEAUTY

✔️ 1. Cosmetic Bag

Relavel Travel Cosmetic Bag

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✔️ 2. Toiletry Bag

Portable Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag

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✔️ 3.Dirty Laundry Bag

Miamica Laundry Bag

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✔️ MAKEUP AND FACE PRODUCTS

Watch my Best Makeup For Traveling video here:

LIST OF PRODUCTS I USE:

✔️ 1. Lip Balm with SPF

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm

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✔️ 2. Brush on Sunscreen for your face and decollete

Brush On Block Mineral Sunscreen Powder

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BATH & BODY

PRO-TIP , TRAVEL SIZE EVERYTHING IS THE WAY TO GO

✔️ 1. Travel-Size Silicone Jars

Travel Containers, Silicone Cream Jars 

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✔️ 2. Sunscreen

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion

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✔️ 3. Shampoo & Conditioner

Love Beauty and Planet Shampoo and Conditioner

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✔️ 4.Dry Shampoo

Batiste Mini 1.6 Ounce Variety Pack

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✔️ 5. Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

ZeroSweat Antiperspirant Deodorant

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✔️ 6. Travel Hair Brush

Travel Brush All-in-one with Compact Mirror Case

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✔️ 7. Body Wipes

Bliss – Lemon & Sage Refreshing Body Wipes

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✔️ 8. Makeup Remover Wipes

Olay Cleanse Makeup Remover Wipes Rose Water

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✔️ 9. Toothbrush with Case

4 Pack Travel Toothbrush Case

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FOR THE TUMMY

When you travel, your tummy is introduced to foreign bacteria. You’re bound to get some weird stuff happening in Indonesia, so let’s prepare…

✔️ Charcoal Tablets

Organic Activated Charcoal Capsules

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✔️ Imodium

Imodium A-D Anti-Diarrheal Softgels with Loperamide Hydrochloride

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CAMERA AND ELECTRONICS:

✔️ Electronics Organizer

Electronics Organizer

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✔️ HERE ARE ALL THE ELECTRONICS I TRAVEL WITH:

DJI MAVIC Air Fly More Pack: https://amzn.to/35T0XTS

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Combo: https://amzn.to/3fpWJ9v

iPhone 11 Max Pro (unlocked): https://amzn.to/335mjLV

MacBook Pro: https://amzn.to/35T8UZd

Xiaomi Ear Buds: https://amzn.to/397yxHV

GoPro Hero 8: https://amzn.to/33EBJI6

Canon G7x Mark II: https://amzn.to/39Zhnum

✔️ FOR YOUR GLOW UP

GoBabyGlow Playlists

Glow Up Official
Packing Playlist
The Day Before you Fly
Airplane

TRAVEL DAYS IN INDONESIA DOWNTIME

✔️ Travel Bucket List Journal

Travel Bucket List Planner & Journal

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The Solo Girls Travel Guidebook for Bali
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✔️ Travel Journal

Refillable Handmade Travelers Notebook

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✔️ Travel Journal

Lock Diary Leather Locking Journal Writing Notebook

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Girl reading

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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel somewhere without moving your feet.” -Jhumpa Lahiri.

Most of my travel journey has been shaped by books. I bought Eat, Pray, Love in an airport before I flew to Hawaii; that book inspired me to travel to solo. I was gifted “The Art of Asking” by an Airbnb host in Dallas; that book gave me the courage to start house sitting in Mexico. I’m currently reading “Wild” and am I’m planning a trip totally unplugged & off the grid.

Books are magic. The best books inspire you to travel solo – still with fear and anxiety – but a good fear and anxiety. The kind of feeling you get before a first date. 

Find your inspiration, your courage, your next wild idea…between the pages of your next travel book. 

Whether you’re leaving for a single girls trip to Thailand next month or you’re on the hunt for the best solo destinations – here are 13 travel books to steer you in the right direction. 

Ps. Most of these books are available as Audiobooks.
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#1 – Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

 

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

How do you do it? How do you leave everything behind and jump into the world unknown?

Being away from your friends and family for an indefinite period of time, leaving your job, and there’s also that itsy-bitsy problem with the money.

The “father of vagabonding” will teach you how to maneuver around these and many other on-road obstacles, how to financially support yourself, and shape yourself into the “long-term” traveler living life to the fullest. 

 

Genre: Solo travel guide

Price: $9.45 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Planning your escape

 

#2 – Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by Carrot Quinn

 

Thru-hiking Will Break Your Heart

Carrot is a long-distance hiker and blogger who leads you through her adventures of hiking while totally disconnected from the online and outside world.

Her adventures along America’s Pacific Crest Trail are relatable and inspiring, while also emotional and captivating. 

In her book, she shares how she got her start to thru-hiking and outlines how an expert thru-hiker prepares for the task at hand. Outdoor adventure seekers: start here.

Genre: Travel Diary

Price: $9.41 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Girls who just want to disappear for a minute

 

#3 – The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

 

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

The art of asking has turned me (and thousands of women around the world) into a person who is no longer afraid/shy/embarrassed to just ASK for what I want. 

While “The Art of Asking” is not travel book, per se, Amanda’s bold and vigorous message shows you exactly how to turn your wishes into your realities (travel included).

Amanda is innocent, worldly, and experienced at the same time – a heady combination which every woman can relate to right now.

Genre: Memoir

Price: $9.33 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Making the big moves needed to change your life

 

#4 – The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

 

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

Where is happiness? Is it a place? A condition of the spirit? Or a meaningful relationship? Weiner travels the globe searching for what defines the elusive enigma of happiness. Follow him through Qatar, Bhutan, England, Switzerland, Iceland, or Morocco to discover the secrets to happiness around the world.

 

Genre: Travel guide; Self-help

Price: $9.91 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Redefining happiness…and possibly traveling to find your new “happy”

 

#5 – The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams

 

The Nature Fix

Nature is an essential, not a commodity.

Traveling far and wide, Florence Williams explores the ticklish issue of nature’s interwoven existence with humanity; and the great benefits of living in unison with our environment.

From the west coast in California to the Korean peninsula, Williams shows you how to find happiness, soothe anxiety, and rediscover yourself as you rediscover the world around you. 

 

Genre: Environmental science

Price: $10.84 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best For: Understanding your unbalanced emotions…and how to balance them NOW

 

#6 –Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

 

Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

Easier said than done; tracing the steps of an Indiana Jones’ prototype as he winds and climbs to the top of Machu Pichu. Luckily, Mark Adams has brilliantly recreated the famous tales of renowned explorer, Hiram Bingham, through his  (before Google maps and guided tours) search for Inca ruins!

“Turn right at Machu Picchu” is a brilliantly amusing mash-up of unfortunate setbacks, whimsical archeological finds, and some of the world’s most entrancing landscapes in incredible written detail. 

 

Genre: Travel guide

Price: $12.99 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: The best plane book ever

 

#7 – Ant Egg Soup: The Adventures of a Food Tourist in Laos

 

Ant Egg Soup The Adventures of a Food Tourist in Laos

Now, doesn’t that sound delicious? While traveling through Southeast Asia, you will be exposed to ways of eating that have never crossed your mind before. Starting here – in Laos, just north of Thailand.

The art of eating has always been a five-sense experience – starting with your imagination. Natacha will make you salivate (and cringe) while exploring the exotic foreign foods in Southeast Asia.

 

Genre: Travel guide

Price: $5.17 on Amazon

Best for: Overcoming gourmet prejudice

 

 

#8 – Queen of the Desert: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Georgina Howell

A woman born more than 150 years ago, Gertrude Bell was one of the first fierce female travelers in history.  

queen of the desert

She was many things in one: a scholar, a Renaissance woman, a feminist, and through her travels…a justice fighter. Voyaging through the harsh conditions of the Arabian Desert, Bell’s love for the people she met turned her into a champion of the people’s independence.  

A tale so moving, Queen of the Dessert was made into a (terrible) movie staring Nicole Kidman…which reviews so terrible that I urge you…just stick to the book.

Genre: Biography

Price: $11.25 on Amazon

Best For: Finding your Fire

 

 

#9 – Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse

 

Passionate Nomad

Just like the bellicose goddess, Freyja in Norse mythology, Freya Stark caught wanderlust when she was a little girl. By the time she grew up, she was beyond all recovery from this life-long addiction to the open road.

Her insatiable thirst for adventure took her to lands where stories waiting to be told. Traveling across the Middle East in the 1930’s – in countries like Syria, Kuwait, Iran, and Yemen – she documented what she saw and the stories local people shared, one of the first to shed light on this then-unknown part of the world.

 

Genre: Biography

Price: $11.92 on Amazon

Best for: The Journalist Within You

 

#10 – Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

 

Eat, Pray, Love

As cliche as it sounds, this is the book that changed my life. Eat, Pray, Love opens with Elizabeth Gilbert sobbing on a bathroom floor in utter despair at the lowest point of her life. In a time of rock-bottom hopelessness, all she has left to do is just say ‘fuck it’ and travel the world in hopes of finding…something. What she found was gourmet food in Italy, her soul in India, and a spiritual for herself and the universe in Bali. 

This book is equal parts travel inspiration and how-to. 

Genre: Memoir

Price: $9.98 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Painting a picture of what your life could be, truly, if you just say ‘fuck it’ and go.

 

 

#11 – Bali: The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide by Alexa West

 

Bali The Solo Girl's Travel Guide by Alexa West

You didn’t think I was going to leave this one out, did you!?

“Eat, Pray, Love” meets “Lonely Planet”, The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide series act as your guidebook, your inspiration, and your entertainment all in one go. Find the best street food, book your boats with ease, and figure out what to order at an Indonesian restaurant that won’t be filled with mystery meat. From the best hotels for your budget to the best place to find Nasi Goreng in Bali, The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide is the #1 travel guide series for women today.

Traveling outside of Bali? There are more Solo Girl’s Travel Guides for Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Southeast Asia.

Genre: Female Solo Travel Guide

Price: $24.99 on Amazon

Best for: Planning the safest, most exciting, and least scary solo trip ever

 

#12 – The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

 

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

The BEST audible travel book that is 100% guaranteed to awaken your travel soul!

De Botton is famous for his introspective essays that have the miraculous ability to ignite a fire in previously still, bored, and uninspired brains – particularly when it comes to the art of traveling.

When you need a shake up. When you feel hopelessly lost. When you are looking for purpose, “The Art of Travel” will tell you where to go, why and how. 

 

Genre: Essays

Price: $7.00 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone

 

#13 – Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life by Arlene Blum

 

Breaking Trail

The first American woman to attempt Everest, Blum has many other firsts establishing a firmer ground for women’s place in society. She also managed to challenge the conservative scientific circles and shaking bad legislation. Blum relates her way up (literally and figuratively) with a generous sprinkle of candor and wit.

Genre: Memoir

Price: $13.19 on Amazon

Best for: Courage to just go!

 

#14 – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

This one doesn’t sport a woman protagonist but stay with me. Harold is an elderly and shy gentleman and he’s on a mission. And that’s a must if you want to keep going. What Joyce’s novel is most remarkable for are the people Harold encounters. They are strangers, but they’re always kind to him.

Sometimes fears are just in your head and the world is often a far friendlier place than we imagine it to be.

Genre: Novel

Price: $9.33 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Tackling fear of strangers on the road

 

#15 – A Dip in the Ocean: Rowing Solo Across the Indian Ocean by Sarah Outen

 

A Dip in the Ocean Rowing Solo Across the Indian Ocean by Sarah Outen.jpg

“Wisdom comes through suffering,” Aeschylus famously said. Bereaved by her father’s death, Sarah embarked on a perilous journey. Many chocolate bars and salty waves later she became the first woman and the youngest person to cross the Indian Ocean rowing solo, setting three world records in the process.

Genre: Memoir

Price: $14.55 on Amazon

Best for: Becoming fierce

 

#16 –  In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

 

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

Patagonia is almost synonymous with “in the middle of nowhere.” It’s also a renowned sportswear brand which sort of dusts off its geographic oblivion. Nonetheless, Patagonia has this whiff of farawayness about it that gives it a mysterious halo. With an indisputable knack for adventure, Chatwin is a hearty storyteller that pulls out from the limbo this slightly neglected “uttermost part of the earth.”

Genre: Travel notes

Price: $11.05 on Amazon

Best for: Searching for hidden gems

 

#17 – Wild Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Live Her Best Life, Escape Traditional Parenthood, and Travel the World by Carrie Visintainer

 

Wild Mama

Something for you, traveling mamas! I see you.

How do parenthood, postpartum depression, diapers, and traveling get along? Carrie is here to teach you exactly that. The mind-boggling questions in her head are on many adventurous young parents’ list, so descend into the rabbit hole with her and she’ll show you that you don’t need to give anything up.

Genre: Travel notes; Self-help

Price: $14.99 on Amazon

Best for: Dispelling the myth that you can’t travel with kids

 

#18 – The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asiaby Paul Theroux

 

The Great Railway Bazaar By Train Through Asiaby Paul Theroux

Saving the best for last; a travel adventure story that every wanderlust woman must read. Traveling by train has a quaint romantic undertone about it. And crossing enigmatic Asia by its mythical trains is surely a dainty to be savored by any self-respecting traveler. Theroux is a dexterous narrator who will generously accompany you along the “hippie trail” to India, en route passing through Thailand, Japan, and Siberia.

Genre: Travel notes

Price: $11.44 on Amazon

Audible: Free

Best for: Getting to know Asia

 

 

#19 – Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile by Sara Wheeler

 

Travels in a Thin Country

Sara Wheeler’s compelling account of her journey through the rough but mesmerizing terrain of the Chilean desert – the driest in the world – to the southernmost unhospitable wastes near the Antarctic. Wheeler’s book is an amalgam of political feuds, history, and fascinating landscapes unfolding through her witty narrative.

 

Genre: Travel notes

Price: $14.16 on Amazon

Best for: Solo Travel Ideas

 

 

#20 – The Virago Book of Women Travellers by Mary Morris

 

The Virago Book of Women Travellers by Mary Morris


A precious little gem of collected writings by exceptional women, passionate observers, and chronologists of the world.

The geographical diversity and journey through various decades and generations are a sincere reminder of the power of women all over the world.


Genre: Collection of Memoirs

Price: $12.61 on Amazon

Best for: Finding your travel role model

 

 

Conclusion to the Best Travel Books to Inspire you to Travel Solo

Your book will be your best travel friend. It will give you courage to go. It will keep you entertained as you fly. It will keep you company at a quiet cafe. And (for me) it will help you ease yourself into new situations, letting you hide behind the cover until you’re ready to come out and play. 

 

I’m curious to know which books caught your eye.

Write me on Instagram @SoloGirlsTravelGuide and tell me what you’re reading.

No. I’m dead serious. WRITE ME AND TELL ME WHAT YOU’RE READING, DAMNIT.

Love you.

 

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