We first heard about the Freedom Tour in our Sisters Traveling Solo (STS) Facebook group, and we wanted to know more. Bianca, the woman on this Freedom Tour, made a life changing decision to leave her corporate job and live life on her own terms. We got a chance to catch up with Bianca to learn more about her journey.
STS: Tell us about what you are calling your “Freedom Tour”. What ignited the spark in you to make the decision you made?
Bianca: The Freedom Tour is something I started with the purpose of freeing myself from the chains I felt in my own life. I started working in a corporate environment and everyday felt more trapped within my own life. I felt overwhelmed, bored, sad and alone. I was living to work. The Freedom Tour is my release of those chains, and living the life I want to live on my own terms.
Part of the Freedom Tour is also about inspiring others to start their own “Freedom Tour”. To help them feel empowered to do the things they want to do, and be free whether that is in lifestyle, sexuality, work and any other ways.
STS: How did you feel after making such a big step; stepping away from the surroundings that you had become comfortable with?
Bianca: I felt great, but a little loss. A good loss though. One of the best parts was having time to figure out what is it that I wanted to do with my life. And becoming okay with the fact that it may change.
STS: Do you have any advice for thinking of doing similar?
Bianca: Do it! If you wait you may never do it.
STS: What motivates you to keep going?
Bianca: I’ve discovered that traveling and new experiences are in my spirit. I feel at home in a lifestyle of not having a “home”. The motivation is the indescribable feeling that I get when I am in an unfamiliar land. It breeds a sense of happiness and its when I feel alive.
STS: What countries have you visited on your Freedom Tour?
Bianca: France, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, Morocco, Spain, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia briefly. Also, some of my favorite US cities.
STS: Of the Countries you mentioned, which have you visited most recently? What made you choose that Country?
Bianca: South Africa. I had wanted to go to South Africa for a long time, and it seemed like the right time.
STS: While traveling, how long does it usually take you to adapt to your surroundings?
Bianca: Usually immediately, I adapt pretty quickly. Some things I do suggest to adapting quickly is being respectful to the culture.
Also, if you are very nervous try a trip with a similar culture and language. For example, England is very similar to American culture. If you are nervous to travel alone, you can also practice. Maybe try to do things you enjoy alone instead of people.
STS: Have you had any safety concerns throughout your travels?
Bianca: I am always aware of my surroundings and belonging while traveling. Being aware of people watching, or following is very important. I usually don't feel safe, but I still make sure I'm aware of unsafe situations that may arise.
STS: Have you made any friends on your journey? Do you find it easy to make new friends being a solo traveler?
Bianca: Many! It has been one of the best part of the journey! I've made some of my best friends while being abroad. It’s been quite easy to make friends! I find that it's so much easier to find friends being alone than when I'm with others.
STS: What are a few important safety tips you would suggest to our readers to keep in mind while traveling solo?
Be aware of your surroundings and people around you.
If you start feeling danger or nervous trust your instincts.
Ask other women for help first, then older men.
Say you're married, meeting with a boyfriend, or another person if asked if you are alone
Have a phone with you; even if you don't have service you may be able to get on local service.
STS: Where can we follow your journey?
Bianca: When I travel I tend to go MIA, but I would really appreciate people subscribing to my YouTube page which I recently started. I will post videos on my Freedom tour, share tips, and resources to help people feel empowered in many aspects of life.
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