Hi, I’m Shelley
I help women cross Solo Travel & Mexico Travel off their bucket list!
I’m a former Miami travel magazine editor who ditched the office for the world!
Well… that’s the short & sweet & neat version. The real version is a little more imperfect, a lot more scary & actually, I became a solo traveler by accident 😳
Like most unplanned things, however, it has empowered & fulfilled me in ways I could never have imagined!
Click to link below to take The Hero’s Journey with me, and see why I say Solo Travel is the quickest form of therapy!
A Solo travel meets Mexico travel podcast
Solo travel is freedom. It is one of the quickest paths to personal growth & empowerment!
Have you been dreaming about it, but unsure if you have the confidence to travel solo? If so, Dream To Destination is the solo female travel podcast for you!
Dreaming of traveling to Mexico? All the solo travel podcast content centers around Mexico, travel — though it’s totally applicable to solo travel all countries.
Listen now on your favorite podcast provider.
Solo Travel FAQ
Will I be safe as a solo female traveler?
I wish this question has an officially official answer, but it doesn’t. What I can definitively tell you is that I have been safe as a solo female traveler & so have countless other women! Check out my blog Mexico Solo Travel: How to be Safe and Crush It to see how I did it.
Am I too introverted/shy to travel solo?
One of my favorite myths to dispell! Honestly, I really think solo travel is best suited for introverts. Sound illogical?! Think about it: Extroverts don’t crave that level of alone time, so they’d probably make terrible solo travelers. Want more reasons introverts make the ideal solo traveler? Head to this blog, 5 Effective Ways to Overcome Solo Travel Anxiety.
Will I get homesick/lonely/bored while solo traveling?
Honestly… you probably will feel all of these feeling at some point. However, the real question here is — Are you “shoulding” all over your trip?!
Just what does that cheeky pun mean? It means are you telling yourself “this is how I should feel while I’m travling solo.” By thinking that it would be bad to feel homesick, you’re basically turning a very normal emotion into something to be feared. Make sense?
Head to the Afraid to Travel Alone? These 5 Powerful Tips Will Help blog to see why you just might get homesick, but why you shouldn’t let it bother you.
How do I prepare for my first solo trip?
First off, YASS! It sounds like you’re really considering solo travel!
So, let’s talk mindset: From learning how to love being solo, to embracing the uncertainty of traveling alone, to how to hear your intuition — I covered it all in my Your First Trip Alone: How Social Distancing Prepared You blog.
What if I don't like the place I'm visiting?
This can happen! It has, in fact, happened to me in the travel destinations I’ve built up too much in my head. For this reason, I always recommend having an Exit Strategy or Plan B. Check out 5 Reasons Why Mexico is One of the Best First Time Solo Travel Destinations for more info on what I mean about having a Plan B.
¡Mexico es mágico!
Mexico really is magical… from beaches & mountains, to colonial cities & pueblos mágicos (magic towns), tropical cenotes & cactus-filled deserts, there’s really something for everyone in this country!
I have traveled solo to 14 of 32 states in Mexico now, and even lived in 3 — Mexico City, Oaxaca & Yucatán State (Mérida)! Now, I use my expertise and knowledge to help with Mexico trip planning.
Time is our one non-renewable resource, so save yours with my travel planning help.
Where are you headed?
Mexico City (CDMX)
North America’s biggest (and dare I say, coolest!) city. From hip neighborhoods, to Aztec history, to street art, and of course, delicious tacos, there’s nowhere on Earth that’s quite like CDMX.
It’s all in the Yucatán! Go from the beaches of Tulum + Holbox Island, to the colonial cities of Merida + Valladolid, to the Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza & Coba… and so much more.
Oaxaca: City + Beaches
Oaxaca City + Coastal Oaxaca are world’s apart! From world-class surfing in Puerto Escondido, to world-class eating in Oaxaca City, you can’t go wrong with Oaxaca.
Get your camera ready! Guanajuato is home to two of Mexico’s most picturesque destinations: San Miguel de Allende + Guanajuato City.
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