I love hosting events. I’ve hosted various events over the past few years for work, but the She Flies Solo Summit was most definitely one of my favorites to date!
On June 3rd, 30 women gathered at the Aloft Hotel in the Houston Galleria with a shared love or interest in solo travel. How amazing is that? Our panelist consisted of 5 women with domestic and international solo travel experience. When selecting my panelists, I wanted diversity – race, age, travel experience. I wanted there to be someone for everyone.. and there was.
From Left to Right – Sherica Matthews, Lindsay McClelland, Karissa Littlejohn, Kharima Richards, Jillian Goltzman, Karinn Chavarria
What is She Flies Solo?
She Flies Solo is a movement. We are revolutionizing solo travel for the every day woman. For years, solo travel has been sort of a taboo or something that only seasoned/professional travelers (or lonely people) do. My goal is to change the look of the solo traveler. I believe that every woman should experience solo travel at least once in her lifetime. I encourage the women I work with to plan at least one solo travel trip a year.
Solo travel is about getting in touch with yourself. So often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily living – career, family, bills, “fur babies” (lol) etc. etc. etc. We forget to take time to refocus, regroup and reset to regain balance and sense of self.
Solo travel is about enjoying life to the fullest. How many vacations have you been on where you got to do exactly what you wanted, when you wanted, how you wanted? Solo travel does this! If you love to sleep in, you sleep in. If you want to explore the city, you explore the city. Eat what you want to eat. Do what you want to do. No schedule, no second opinions. It leaves you fully in charge of your own travel.
I’d like to thank our event partner Whole Earth Provision Co. for providing gift cards to all of our attendees. Whole Earth is a specialty retailer that offers a variety of awesome products for the solo traveler.
The She Flies Solo network is based in Houston, TX, with plans to expand across the country. The goal is to bring together like-minded women for growing friendships, sharing travel experiences, and increasing our knowledge of travel. We have a meetup group, and a couple of events coming up in Houston. I hope to see some of you there!
For women who are interested in traveling solo, but need some assistance getting started, my virtual class begins on July 2nd. We will go step-by-step through the process of planning your first solo trip!
To view more photos from the She Flies Solo Summit, click here.