Sara Ann Straw, CMP is a travel design and destination event expert with over 13 years of experience in travel and events. With a passion for solo travel, Sara founded the Solo Travel Woman Society to bring together other women with similar interests and passions to form a community, share knowledge and empower one another. Sara is the owner of STW Planning, LLC, author of The Ultimate Solo Travel Woman Guide, and host of The Solo Travel Woman Podcast. The Solo Travel Woman blog and podcast’s purpose is to inspire and empower women to travel solo without letting anyone or anything hold them back.
Growing up, my father always told me to never wait for anyone and to live out my dreams. We didn’t travel much as a family when I was younger so, as I became an adult it was always something I dreamed of doing. However, I never had anyone to go with, and funding such trips proved to be quite difficult.
After years of waiting, I decided for my 30th birthday in 2015, that I was finally going to start living for myself and that is when I booked my first solo trip to Greece and Turkey. This experience completely changed my life and grew my passion for traveling…solo.
After that, I was constantly taking trips by myself. No one telling me where to go, what to do, when to do things. I was free to experience the world and new cultures how and when I wanted. It was amazing. I started to think if I struggled with getting started traveling I am sure there are many others like me. How can I empower and inspire others to start their solo travel adventure?
Why travel solo?
Traveling solo is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself. You learn who you truly are, what you are capable of, and you make the most amazing friendships that will last a lifetime. Plus, you are able to immerse yourself in the culture of every destination. It doesn't get much better than that!
If you have been looking for a safe space to share your solo travel adventures, network with like-minded female travelers, and embark on new journeys...then this is the place for you.
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Thank you to all our members and those who continue to support my dreams of enriching the lives of women through travel.