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Is It Safe For Women To Go Bicycle Touring Alone?

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Today you’re going to hear from a young woman named Shirine Taylor who has been bicycle touring around the world… on her own… and with her boyfriend… for the last couple years.

During my interview with Shirine, we’re going to talk about some of the best and worst parts of traveling alone, and we’ll answer one of the most common questions I get from female bicycle tourists: “Can women travel alone?”

The answer, as you can likely guess, is “YES!” Women are just as capable of traveling around the world as men – whether that be on a bicycle, with a backpack, or in any other way. There are some difficulties to traveling alone as a woman, however, as you will hear from Shirine. However, these factors haven’t prevented this young twenty-something from setting out on her own and seeing the world.

Listen to the interview by clicking play on the audio player at the top of this page.

To learn more about Shirine Taylor, her boyfriend Kevin, and their bicycle touring adventures in the United States, India, Nepal, Georgia, Turkey and South America, be sure to visit Shirine’s:

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My goal as the Bicycle Touring Pro is to give you the confidence and inspiration you need to travel by bicycle anywhere in the world. I do all of the work on this website by myself. Since 2007, all of the articles, books, emails, interviews, photos, podcasts and videos have been created by me in my spare time. Thanks to the generous donations I receive from readers like you, I'm able to focus on creating regular, high-quality content; invest further in developing the website; and cover the costs related to my bicycle touring activities.

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  1. Ada Cordeiro

    April 6, 2017 at 5:19 am

    I traveled for 2 years alone in South America.
    So, its possible, and its incredible.
    I hope more and more womens can go, where she want and how she want.
    About my travel: or on facebook/instagran: Uma pedalADA pela América.

  2. min

    April 8, 2017 at 11:43 am

    it is a real issue for women travelling alone.
    shirine romanticizes it by stating people take her in and treat her well…
    i backpacked through south america on my own and bicycled from cancun to panama by myself and it was downright dangerous at times….,
    sleeping in hostels and teaming up with others for some travelling is very smart for women to do…even when you are invited into peoples homes and they are friendly there are lecherous husbands boyfriends and even sons who feel you are free game since you are alone…riding along quiet roads is another hassle….cars stop to chat and check you out and some even attempt to block you from riding away….some men try to grab you make lewd propositions and are downright rude and disgusting…..
    while i love travelling on my own for the freedom of it it is wise to travel with at least one other person when going to remote areas….
    another real menace are the dogs….pebbles and bear spray are sometimes necessary…the dogs in packs are quite frightening at times…
    i wish it was safer for women to bikepack alone…,but it is not unfortunately….

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