Empowering and a little scary, a solo adventure takes bravery and motivation but can be incredibly rewarding. Certain destinations are easier than others, especially for a woman. There are a lot of online communities that can be great resources – if you know how to separate the wheat from the chafe. Learn a few local customs before you get there. For example, when you’re in France, never enter a shop without saying “Bonjour, Madame!” (or “Monsieur”) – no smile necessary; it’s the greeting that’s crucial. Taking a class can be a great way to ease into it. Why not try a pasta workshop in Tuscany, a language class in Antigua, Guatemala, or surfing camp in Costa Rica? Allow for a little flexibility so that you can take that spontaneous weekend trip to the mountains. Certain apps can be a life-saver; I can start you off with the really important ones. You’ll come back from your solo venture with a sense of accomplishment, some fantastic memories and maybe a new outlook.