Women's Wanderlust


Women who travel alone have long raised suspicious eyebrows for bucking convention in order to see the world. Cristen and Caroline take a trip from the 19th-century Golden Age of Travel to today to find out why women travel solo and whether their independent itineraries are really a safety risk.

Episode sources:

"Do yourself a favor: travel solo" by Jill Filipovic. The Guardian. Aug 01, 2013. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/01/women-should-travel-alone

"Every woman should travel alone" by Sarah Hepola. Salon. July 13, 2012. http://www.salon.com/2012/07/24/every_woman_should_travel_alone/

"Hitchhiking Safety Revisited." Wand'rly. http://wandrlymagazine.com/article/roadtrips/hitchhiking/

"Solo MALE Backpacker Safety Tips" by Michael Huxley. Bemused Backpacker. Nov. 18, 2013. http://bemusedbackpacker.com/2013/11/18/solo-male-backpacker-safety-tips/

"Solo Women Travelers: 'Go Out Without Your Body'" by Alice Driver. The Feminist Wire. March 10, 2013. http://thefeministwire.com/2013/03/solo-women-travelers-go-out-without-your-body/

"Tales of a female hitchhiker" by Toby Israel. Salon. Oct. 07, 2013. http://www.salon.com/2013/10/07/tales_of_a_female_hitchhiker/

"The Gender Gap in Travel: Myths and Revelations" by Seth Kugel. The New York Times. Sept. 06, 2011. http://frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/the-gender-gap-in-travel-myths-and-revelations/

"Travel Alone, Women Often Feel...Alone" by Susan Jacoby. The New York Times. Feb. 18, 2001. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/18/travel/traveling-alone-women-often-feel-alone.html

"Traveling Lite: Why Women's Travel Memoirs Get Sold Short" by Rachel Friedman. Bitch. Winter 2013.

"Traveling Solo: A Manifesto for the Modern Woman" by Ann Friedman. New York. July 03, 2013. http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/07/traveling-solo-a-manifesto-for-the-modern-woman.html

"Women Adventurers" by Menie Muriel Dowie. 1893. http://books.google.com/books/about/Women_Adventurers_Edited_by_Menie_Muriel.html?id=NVlwQwAACAAJ

"Women Travel Statistics Explained by Travel Expert" by Marybeth Bond. The Gutsy Traveler. http://gutsytraveler.com/women-travel-statistics-2/

Academic insights:

"Study shows women find solo travel liberating rather than dangerous" by Cathy Keen. University of Florida. March 11, 2002. http://news.ufl.edu/2002/03/11/solo-women/

"Victorian Women Travelers in the 19th Century" by Aziza Ahmed. Postcolonial Studies at Emory. Edited May 2012. http://postcolonialstudies.emory.edu/victorian-women-travelers-in-the-19th-century/

Topics in this Podcast: literature, books, travel, explorer series, exploration