Have you ever thought about RVing as a solo female traveler, but weren’t sure where to start?
Are your fears of being alone in an RV preventing you from living the life you want?
If you answered “Yes!” to either of those questions, you’ve come to the right place.
Today, I want to talk about what it’s like RVing as a solo female traveler, the fears I had (and how to overcome them), as well as why you should travel alone at least once in your life.
If you have any questions that I don’t cover, feel free to leave a comment below!
What It’s Like to Live In An RV?
- For the most part, I lived in an RV with my fiance, Bill.
- We traveled up and down the East coast together, learning lessons along the way.
- But, there were times where I was in the RV alone. And, me being a bit more paranoid than most people, my mind raced with rational (and some irrational) fears.
- What happens if someone breaks into my camper while I’m sleeping? (Rational)
- What happens if I forget to turn off the stove and my RV goes up in flames? (Kind of rational)
- What happens if it rains all night and my RV slides down a hill and lands in a river? I can’t swim – oh no, I’d probably die! (Seriously, Kayla? Totally irrational – you’re not even parked on a hill)
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.
The truth is, we all have rational and irrational fears inside of us. They might be hiding deep inside of you, but when you’re alone in an RV at night, they’ll come out.
Getting Past Your Fears
The number one piece of advice I have for you when you want to get over your fears while traveling in an RV alone is this:
- Travel with something that makes you feel safe or not alone.
For me, that was our cat, Luna. He offered a great deal of comfort when I was feeling scared and, believe it or not, just petting him allowed my mind to calm down.
Apart from that, I felt safe knowing that our Garmin was connected to a satellite, that sends my location to loved ones through a text message. As long as someone knows where you are at all times, you’ll be okay.
I also kept mace on me at all times and double triple checked that I locked the doors and turned off the burners (phone alarms help with that tremendously).
Sometimes, traveling alone helps you overcome your fears!
Only you know what makes you feel safe though, so my methods may not work for you – but I hope they give you some inspiration!
Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life
I’m a firm believer that you learn a lot about yourself when you’re alone in nature.
RVing is the perfect way to find yourself – your true, authentic self.
You’ll overcome obstacles, you’ll learn how to be more self-sufficient, and (chances are) you’ll start treating your body, mind, and soul better.
I absolutely loved RVing with Bill. We had so much fun and learned so much about ourselves (as well as our relationship).
When I was alone, though, I did some soul-searching to see what made me happy, what I loved doing, what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and so on.
If anything, the amount you’ll learn about yourself is a good reason to go RVing as a solo female traveler (in my opinion).
How to Travel In An RV Without Buying An RV
One of the best things about traveling in an RV is that you don’t have to purchase one in order to live the RV lifestyle.
Some camper rental companies allow you to rent RVs for an extended period of time, allowing you to test the lifestyle and see if you like it before you commit thousands of dollars to a rig.
There’s nothing worse than jumping into the RV lifestyle without knowing what it’s like from the start.
Traveling As A Solo Female
While the average RV owner is an age 38-55 male according to recent RV reports, there are many solo women RVers.
For example, you have people like Becky Schade (from Interstellar Orchard) who decided she didn’t want to follow the masses and work a 9-5 job until retirement.
Or, you have people like Kate Mullen (from The Road to Adventure) who shares road trip guides, National Park guides, and more!
There are tons of solo female travelers to gain inspiration from, I didn’t even scratch the surface by naming those two.
If they can do it, why not you?
The answer? You can!
Before You Go
Before you pack your bags and tell your family that you’re off to do some soul-searching by traveling alone, do a bit more research on where you want to go and how long you want to be gone.
Make an itinerary, let your family know ahead of time where you plan on going, and stay safe. (The internet can help!)
As long as you do your research, you’ll have no problem RVing as a solo female traveler!
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever thought of traveling alone and if you’re going to after reading this post.
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.