“Know yourself” “γνῶθι σαυτόν”
This sentence, carved on the pediment of Apollo’s temple in Delphi, welcomed visitors, reminding them that only through knowledge men can try to find a way to be happy. Well, this is one of the reasons why you decide to leave for a solo journey: to find yourself. Travelling alone means developing a series of attitudes that we often don’t even know to have.
This is what happened to me when 10 years ago I left for Thailand alone, to train in a Muay Thai Camp, with just a suitcase, my hair shaved off and a great desire to know if I would be able to “tame” that experience. It was hard at first, but today I can say that it was one of the craziest and most beautiful things I’ve ever done, a journey inside myself, the best impulse decision I’ve ever made.
Here I’ve selected 5 films to inspire your next solo female travel!
Wild by Jean-Marc Vallée
The story is about a woman who decides to walk 4286 km along the Pacific coast, crossing the mountain ranges of the United States, from the border with Mexico to that with Canada.
This is the Pacific Crest Trail, conceived in 1932 by Clinton Churchill Clarke and recognized as a National Scenic Trail, or “national scenic trail” in 1968. It is 4286 km long, crossing three states (California, Oregon, Washington), 25 forests and 7 national parks including Yosemite. Along the way, you walk with your backpack and sleep in tents, but you can also meet the “Angels Trail”, American citizens, offering hospitality.
It is an experience that requires months of training and can also be done on horseback or by bike.
Tracks by John Curran
The film tells the story of Robyn Davidson, who crossed the Australian desert with 4 camels and her dog Diggity. After a difficult childhood, she decided to move to Brisbane where for a year she devoted herself to the study and care of camels, learning how to ride these animals. During her journey, she interacted only with National Geographic’s photographer Rick Smolan.
Obviously, the best way to explore this spectacular area is on-the-road driving a car, in order to discover the most remote and hidden corners.
Out of Africa by Sydney Pollack
It’s the story of Karen Blixen, who goes to Kenya just before the Great War to marry a baron. Spending a lot of time alone, she falls in love with the farm where she lives and with Africa thanks to its spectacular landscapes.
In Kenya, you feel something primordial, the power of nature. It’s impossible not to fall in love with it. The colors are different, the smells are different and so are the priorities, the relationship with nature, and the vision of life.
Eat, pray, love by Ryan Murphy
A sensory experience that tackles multiple levels, from food to spirituality, to love, a journey that takes place first within herself, escaping from everyday life. A journey that touches Italy, India and Bali.
The impact of India can be devastating: you hate it, or you love it. You can discover India little by little, moving slowly from Rajasthan, in the North, to Jodphur with a night journey by train of about 8 hours, and then continue towards Jaipur and Agra and finally Varanasi.
Edie by Simon Hunter
The solo journey of an octogenarian who, after the death of her husband, decides to fulfill her lifelong dream: climbing a mountain in the Scottish Highlands.
The Highlands are the heart of Scotland, wild and beautiful, home to legendary heroes and ancient forests. There are very few inhabited villages, and you drive for hours in nature surrounded only by moors, an indomitable landscape, and the scene of legends and ballads.
And are you ready to embark on the next adventure that will change your life?!