I love that I am but one of millions of single girls hitting the road by themselves these days. A hateful little ex- boyfriend once said that a house full of cats used to be the sign of a terminally single woman, but now it’s a house full of souvenirs acquired on foreign adventures. He said it derogatorily: Look at all of this tragic overcompensating in the form of tribal masks and rain sticks. But I say that plane tickets replacing cats might be the best evidence of women’s progress as a gender. I’m damn proud of us. Also, since I have both a cat and a lot of foreign souvenirs, I broke up with that dude and went on a really great trip.
-Kristin Newman in What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
Yesterday, I posted this quote to my blog and asked y’all to think about it for a bit. While y’all were thinking so was I. So here it goes.
1. “I love that I am but one of millions of single girls hitting the road by themselves these days.” Raise your hand if you are single and happily traveling the world alone! Insert girl raising hand emoji here Me!! I am!! How wonderful is it that we are all doing this?! I know that some girls, like myself, are currently on a hiatus from world travel, but that does not mean we are not included in this quote. It is so wonderful to know that I am not the only one on this strange journey. I read books and blogs and follow girls on Instagram that are all going through or have gone through their own journeys. These are journeys where we find ourselves, our real selves, and we do it all by ourself. Although it may be terrifying at times, I would never change the circumstances to be by myself on the road. By all means, people come with me! But if I have to be alone, that is just fine with me too.
2. “Plane tickets replacing cats might be the best evidence of women’s progress as a gender” may be one of the best parts of this quote. Women, we are strong and powerful and amazing and beautiful and fantastic and independent! Ladies, did you know that ninety-five years ago women did NOT have the right to vote. 95! The USA annexed Puerto Rico, the Titanic sunk, and WWI ended BEFORE women had the right to vote in America. So yes, the fact that we are now jet setting on our own to visit far off lands instead of staying at home with cats is amazing progress.
3. “A hateful little ex- boyfriend once said that a house full of cats used to be the sign of a terminally single woman, but now it’s a house full of souvenirs acquired on foreign adventures. He said it derogatorily: Look at all of this tragic overcompensating in the form of tribal masks and rain sticks.” I had a hateful little ex-boyfriend once too. He told me that if I gained too much weight that he would break up with me. He also said that there was no point in traveling the world when there’s things like NatGeo and the Discovery Channel. So what if I have a cuckoo clock that I carried from Switzerland to Scotland to America in a book bag? Who cares if my earring case is small and dinky? My sister brought it to me from Spain. It’s priceless. I love the flags that hang in my room displaying the countries I’ve lived in, and yes, I will proudly hang them in every apartment I live in. So what if I’m a food snob. I’ve had actual shepherd’s pie and real fondue and chocolate from Belgium that you can only get there and nothing else in the world can beat it. Have you done that hateful little ex-boyfriend?
4. “I broke up with that dude and went on a really great trip.” Girl, I did the same exact thing. CLICK HERE if you haven’t heard that story.
5. “I’m damn proud of us.” That statement goes for me, for Kristin, and for all of you. I’m proud of the women we are today. Like I said, ninety-five years ago, we couldn’t even vote, and here we are, less than one hundred years later, traveling the world solo. Women have come so far. You have come so far. Kristin came far, and so have I.
I continue grow and learn from my experience in Ireland. That year changed me more than I can fully describe. I am a different person now than when I left, and I am damn proud of me for having taken that leap of faith.
If you have been considering taking the leap of faith to travel the world, then do it. It’s the scariest but best feeling in the world. Ladies, we are all here for you and will continue to be here for you. Think of how far we have come and how much further we have to go!
Peace, Love, and Travel