When was the last time you went out into the world and did something totally alone? For many of us, just contemplating the idea sounds daunting, perhaps even a little bit embarrassing. Somehow, over the years, the solo outing has become something thought to be only for the lonesome. Enter, visions of Bridget Jones crying to “All By Myself” with a bottle of wine as a makeshift microphone.
But today we’re starting a new narrative. Embarking on a solo excursion isn’t anything to be ashamed of. It’s liberating, rejuvenating, and often extremely therapeutic. In the words of Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein, “You can venture out into experiences without the crutch of other people, not because you feel lonely or isolated, but because it generates a new kind of experience.”
But where to start? Here you’ll find stories from real women learning to explore the world as their own plus-one. From the top of a mountain in upstate New York to the bottom of New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, their experiences are unfiltered, honest, and above all, inspiring. You’ll even find some advice along the way to help you muster up the courage to follow suit. Just remember to use the hashtag #RidingSolo to share your adventures with us!