The Blonde Abroad

Solo Female Travel

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“It is critical to understand that safety is not the same as comfort. Just because a place is “safe,” doesn’t mean you won’t encounter different cultural norms that make you uncomfortable. It also doesn’t mean that crime doesn’t happen.


These ideas often get misconstrued and, while getting out of your comfort zone can be a really good thing, it can also be uncomfortable.


Too often, I hear people talk about letting their guard down because they’ve heard a destination is “safe,” and then they are frustrated when they realize that things can still go wrong…especially when they encounter cultural norms much different from their own.


The truth of the matter is you can be unsafe anywhere at any time.”


Read the article.


Why Solo Female Travel Isn’t “Safe”

Burning Man

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For many people, Burning Man is the ultimate bucket list travel destination.  The physical event was cancelled last year because of the Coronavirus.  With hope, the event will be open for 2021.

I’ve been lucky enough (or maybe foolish enough) to attend Burning Man on five different occasions.  It takes a tremendous comittment and a lot of enduring brutal weather to have a successful burn.


If you are thinking of going to the event (the week before Labor Day) in Nevada, you should probably start planning soon.  Getting tickets is difficult in the lottery system.  Renting RVs that week is insanely expensive.  The tent might be a better option (probably 2/3 of burners are sleeping in tents and 1/3 are in RVs).

The following articles provide good information for any of you planning your first burn.  Photos taken from my Burning Man adventures.


The Beginner’s Guide to Burning Man


How could I pass up a flame thrower shooting gallery?


First-Timers Guide To Burning Man (Everything You Need To Know)


Some of the amazing art before it gets burned to the ground.


The Ultimate Survival Packing Guide for Burning Man

Fireworks before the man burns


First-Timer’s Guide


The man on fire


Everything you’ve been wanting to know about Burning Man, the wild 9-day arts event in the Nevada desert frequented by celebs and tech moguls


The man looks different every year


Surviving Burning Man

You’ll need a bike to get around. Be ready for daily sand storms.