How I Got Started Solo Traveling
What is special about this site? How can I help you?
I am Melissa Byron, a solo female travel expert, and founder of A Solo Woman Traveling! This brand is packed with my 15 years of solo travel experience.
A site dedicated to empowering women all over the globe to find themselves through the power of solo travel.
There are many reasons why A Solo Woman Traveling was created.
The first reason is that I just love giving and sharing my discoveries and wins! Sharing the hidden gems of a city with any traveler gives me joy!
This site has various posts from mostly European cities! I specialize in top-notch itineraries, recommendations for hotels, and restaurants, packing tips, and safety advice!
Although I cater mostly to solo female travelers, everyone can find value in my itinerary posts!
Founder & Solo Travel Expert
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Melissa! And I arrived at this point through a series of twists and turns, none of which I was ever expecting. But the unexpected paths bring you to the places you need to go.
My first solo travel adventure started in 2009, the last year of my 20s! This was just before we had the internet in our hands on our phones!
Traveling alone looks a lot different now than when I got started but in a good way.
Over the years, I’ve experienced much personal growth and accomplishment from solo traveling through the whole of Europe and other parts of the world.
These experiences have shaped who I am as a woman and enriched my life in countless ways.
I spent my 30s exploring the world solo, and through this ten-year adventure, I realized that this period is an ideal time for such life-changing journeys.
Traveling solo in my 40s now has been my favorite decade by far!
But, at first, I couldn’t enjoy the solitary time I had with myself. A large part of me was convinced I would have more fun with a partner.
Turns out that going alone is just what I needed.
At one time or another, we can all find ourselves in a place in our lives where it seems everyone else has it figured out. Maybe your best friend just got married.
Perhaps your sibling just had a baby. Or, a co-worker just got promoted over you. You may find yourself feeling pretty lost and alone.
This is the time you should consider a solo trip to help you get back to you!
Where You’ve Seen Me
Where DO I Come From, and Where am I Now?
Melissa Byron – Solo Travel Expert
I grew up in a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I moved away from Boston when I was 23 to live in Los Angeles. After many years living in LA, I returned to Boston briefly, then moved back to LA.
I have a love-hate relationship with Los Angeles, which I would say is pretty common. LA has a lot of reasons to love the city, but just as many to hate the city. Hello, traffic!
In 2012 I decided to wave goodbye to Los Angeles and move up to Seattle, Washington. Seattle is truly an incredible city that I feel so lucky to have lived in.
After 5 years of loving the Pacific Northwest, I longed to live in Europe.
In 2017 I was able to make my dream come true, and I moved to Berlin, Germany. Berlin was my home for three and a half years!
In early 2021, I decided it was time to return to the United States and embark on a new adventure that lasted for just 2 years.
In May of 2023, I relocated to Athens, Greece! And the plot twist, that I wasn’t even expecting was my move to Lisbon, Portugal in October 2023.
a few of my favorite things
Under The Tuscan Sun
Oat Milk Latte
Couldn’t live without
My sleep mask
My guilty pleasure
Soft coastal blue
Florence & The Machine
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