“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes.”

When Freya Stark penned these words, it was 1932. She was in her late 30s and had just finished a four-year adventure, exploring Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. Nearly 90 years later — with the internet, mobile technology, social networking and other ways to stay well informed and connected readily available to us — many female travelers are still too intimidated to follow in Freya’s solo travelista footsteps. Fears about wavering confidence, loneliness, and cultural barriers often stand in the way. Here are some of the practical tips that I’ve learned on my own solo adventures that can help even the most hesitant traveler take the leap.

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