Welcome to A Girl’s Guide to Travelling Alone! I’m Gemma Thompson and I’ve been happily travelling solo since 2002. From weekend breaks, to planning epic round-the-world trips, I’m here to help, with practical tips and advice on topics such as how to stay safe, how to decide where to go, how to avoid Delhi Belly and how to plan a worry free trip. I’ll be interviewing some amazing guests such as Wanderlust Magazine’s resident medic Dr. Jane Wilson-Howarth, adventure traveller Dave Cornthwaite and Stylist magazine travel editor Anna Hart. There will also be on-the-road city guides plus special on-location episodes such as ‘the life of the digital nomad - on the road from Lisbon’. Thanks for listening! You can read more over at girlsthattravel.com
036: How to make the most of your alone time with Francesca Specter.
Francesca Specter is the author of ‘Alonement - How To Be Alone and Absolutely Own It.' And the host of the Alonement podcast. In this episode we talk about the best ways to spend time alone. Francesca shares her own story on how she discovered the joys of solo time, and how to embrace it and cherish it, rather than fear it. We also talk about overcoming fears of being lonely when travelling solo and how to conquer those fears.
035: India’s Borderlands with Suchitra Vijayan
Writer and Photographer Suchitra Vijayan spent seven years travelling solo, across 9,000 miles along India's many borders, from Pakistan to Myanmar to Afghanistan. In this episode we discuss her journey and her new book, ‘Midnight’s Borders’ which is the first true people’s history of modern India containing over 40 stunning photographs taken by the author. Her stunning reportage and eye for detail bring regions and human stories to life, showing us how complicated, broken and beautiful India can
034: Breaking into solo travel with Gem Bowles from HolidayPirates
Gem Bowles is a solo travel advocate and one of HolidayPirate's deal hunters. She has travelled to over 40 countries so far, mostly on her own. In this episode we talk about getting started in solo travel, how to have great, unique experiences and also some top unexpected tips on solo travel that can turn a good trip into a great one. We also discuss the importance of heading out on your own, rather than waiting around for the right moment or travel buddy to go with.
033: Solo travel in Antarctica with Preet Chandi
Preet Chandi is an army officer, nordic skier, ultra-marathon runner and an endurance athlete. She is also from a very ‘normal’ background. She is currently training for an expedition to Antarctica in November of this year, and aims to be the first Asian woman to complete the 700 mile hike to The South Pole, completely on her own and unsupported. She will be dragging 70kg of supplies with her.
Preet shares her story of how it all started with a half marathon and a Google search!
032: Why it is never too late to start travelling, with Patti Lefkos
Patti Lefkos is a Canadian freelance writer based in British Columbia. Aged 18, she visited Switzerland in her final year of High School but didn’t leave North America again until she retired aged 60, and began her career as an adventure travel writer. She published her first book ‘Nepal, one day at a time’ at the age of 73.
In this episode we talk about off-grid volunteering, facing up to any fears around solo travel, and why it is never too late to start travelling.
031: Solo travel in Scotland with Helen Ochyra
Helen Ochyra travelled solo around Scotland for three months and recently released a book about her travels called ‘Scotland beyond the bagpipes.’ In this episode we talk about exploring Scotland’s mountains and lochs, venturing beyond the tourist trail, visiting the Outer Hebrides and what it is that makes Scotland such a magical and welcoming place.
Love this podcast
Really inspirational podcast, as a travel podcaster myself this is one of my favourites. Gemma is a fab presenter and has so many brilliant travel stories.
What a lovely podcast
Gemma is a delight to listen to and I’m a big fan of her podcast. My fave episode is the one with Joanne from Skyscanner, that was really interested. Well done on a brilliant show and i love finding other travel podcasters to connect with. xx
Like travelling with an old friend....
In a overwhelming vista of travel podcasts, Gemma offers a trusty light hearted and informative route to escapism. I love the premise of the pod, and although not being a member of the target audience, I bask in the educative landscape she and her guests layout. If you miss the experience of travelling in these days of restrictive lockdown I can’t recommend this podcast enough. After a few episodes and especially after listening to “Hiking The Path of the Gods” you will feel that you have traveled the world with the ultimate, and dependable travel companion.