Yes and no. This depends on what your definition of safety is. There are many places I would consider to be “safe” but there are other places I’ve been to that I’ve taken cautionary safety measures, or done more research on before going.
I feel like when people think a destination is “safe,” they let their guard down and if that’s a “bad” experience, they blame that they heard it was safe. Safe does not mean comfortable or you won’t encounter different cultural norms that make you uncomfortable… and I think that’s where things get a little misconstrued.
Now, this is not me saying stop traveling or you shouldn’t travel solo as a woman—not by any means! In my experience, I’ve felt comfortable in most places I’ve visited and had a really great time meeting locals. However, when traveling around more conservative countries, I do make sure to dress more conservatively and respect their culture. I try not to flash my camera gear or valuables as well.
Here are some other safety tips to help you out during your journey!
As a general statement: yes, I think traveling solo as a female is safe, but you should do your research on a place before going.
Check out all of my guides and resources for Solo Female Travel here!
While there may be some destinations that are safer than others, the world is not as scary as some might think. With a positive attitude and general street smarts, there are plenty of places in the world where you can feel safe and secure on your own.
Check out this article here—10 Safest Destinations for Solo Female Travelers.
While there are plenty of theories and methods out there for booking cheap flights, I’ve found that it’s entirely dependent on your destinations and flexibility.
Check out my Top Tips for Finding Cheap Flights here!
Also, you can find all of my favorite travel resources here—including my favorite airfare apps and websites.
Check out all of my guides and resources for Solo Female Travel here!
A lot! Especially if you’re from Kenya like me. To start off, check out my visa guides here.
I now offer individual itinerary planning specializing in African travel.
While im focusing on African destinations at the moment, we may be able to offer you itinerary planning for other destinations. Just head to the website and send an inquiry! (Please note this is a paid service)
If you aren’t interested in hiring a professional service, the best I can offer is for you to use my guides as an outline and resource. There are thousands of articles on this website, so search to see if your answer is already here!
I plan 99% of trips through online research and some of my favorite travel planning tools.
You can find all of my favorite travel planning websites here!
It’s called App in the Air! You can organize flights and virtually explore airports. They even give you a time estimate for how long it will take you to check-in, get through security, and pass through passport control.
You get notifications for any changes and one thing that I especially love is that you can see how much you have flown year-to-date.
HeyNomadic is a multi-faceted business and has various revenue streams including affiliate programs, consulting, social media marketing, curating tours, custom branding and digital content creation.
1) I work with tourism boards, hotels, airlines and travel partners where expenses are covered and I am paid for social media marketing or producing content like photography or videography. (You’ll always know if I take a press trip as I disclose it in the post). I accept these opportunities when it’s a destination or experience I’m excited for and I think my readers will benefit from my first-hand perspective of the trip.
2) I earn ad and affiliate revenue from my website. This way, the website remains free for readers like you!
3) I offer social media and influencer marketing consulting as well as content creation for brands that want to focus on authenticity and engagement. I began consulting out of my own love for social media and branding and enjoy helping create solutions for other companies.
4) In response to the countless emails and messages I get about my editing process, I developed my own Lightroom Presets. I created different collections with custom presets that I use on my own photos throughout my travels. These easy-to-use mobile and desktop presets will instantly add a beautiful aesthetic to all of your images.
Honestly, it’s a LOT of work, and a lot of very little sleep while traveling. After blogging for about 2.5 years on my own, I realized the only way to grow my business was to start building a team.
To travel full-time while managing multiple businesses, sharing daily blog content, posting daily to Instagram, managing a constant social media schedule, securing and managing partnerships, shooting and editing photos, and shooting and editing videos on your own will drive you insane.
It takes an army to raise a blog—I currently have a team of 8 people
I have an irreplaceable Managing Director, Lauren, who helps keep the business running at all times and is the glue that keeps this business together. I wouldn’t be where I am without her!
I have a rock star Content & Community Director, Chelsea, who manages my social media communities and blog content.
I also have an incredible Graphic Designer, Video Editor, Web Developer and a talented team of Writers.
First of all, thank you for your kind words! But you’ve got to know that my blog was not an overnight success and I’ve put countless hours into growing it and developing my team. For someone just taking a glance at my Instagram feed, they might think I’m traveling a lot of the time, but the truth is so much of it is working at my laptop—editing photos, creating content, replying to emails.
And yes, I have a team. I wouldn’t be able to do it all without them—there are only so many hours in the day!
If you’re wanting to pursue blogging as a career here are the things I would focus on:
Find your passion and niche; find out what makes you and your content different
Figure out your target audience
Build your website
Create useful content with gorgeous photos and graphics
Make use of social media platforms
Learn all about SEO
Network with others
Don’t get too caught up with numbers or focusing on the success of others
Understand that social media and blogging are always changing and you’ll have to adapt! I don’t focus all my time and energy on any one platform as they can change at a moment’s notice (or a new algorithm).
There’s a short answer and a long answer. The short answer is, “just do it!” Sure, you need to figure out logistics like what your brand name is going to be, who your target audience is, and how you’re going to create content. But don’t let the fear of starting the blog and putting yourself out there prevent you from doing it at all! The long answer?
Check out my FREE Ultimate Guide to Starting a Successful Travel Blog, which includes step-by-step tips on getting your website up and running!
It’s funny that there are so many parallels in just about every industry, but as an entrepreneur or for any new business owner, there’s a saying that it takes at least 3 years for a new business to become profitable, and success is not guaranteed.
I imagined my blog in that way, where the first 3 years were going to be challenging and that I would potentially fail. And by fail I mean nobody would read my blog or I would need to quit the blog and return to a full-time job to support myself. BUT I worked my butt off, learned from the criticisms as well as the compliments and was open to evolving my brand to better connect with my audience.
So, my first tip is to stay true to what you’re passionate about—if you are thinking about starting a blog or taking your blog to the next level, I encourage you to really find your niche and focus on something that you would be interested in blogging about five years from now.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned? Create engaging content! I think one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is creating content that you love, but with your audience in mind. Always ask yourself, would this help my readers? Or, is this something that my readers care about? Asking for audience feedback is one of the easiest ways to create content that they will love.
If you’re just getting started, check out my FREE Ultimate Guide to Starting a Successful Travel Blog, which includes step-by-step tips on getting your website up and running!
If you’ve already got a blog but are looking for insider tips to step up your game, check out my Tips for Brand New Bloggers!
And, if you’re interested in pursuing blogging as a business, sign up for my Blogging Master Class here!
First of all, hone in on what aspects you’re wanting to get better at and grow. Does your site need some tuning up? Do you need to focus more on SEO? How is community engagement on your social media platforms? Are you taking the best-quality photos possible?
Here are several articles that will help you out:
Tips for Shooting Stunning Travel Flat Lays
10 Ways to Be a More Productive Blogger
10 Skillshare Courses Perfect for Bloggers
The Best Apps for Bloggers to Stay Organized
Tips for Brand-New Bloggers Wanting to Step Up Their Game
The Best Photography Equipment for Travel Blogging
Narrow down what you’re trying to become better at and start there! I know it can be overwhelming at first, so do it in small chunks.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: my blog was not an overnight success. The success of my blog has been a direct reflection of the effort I put into it—when I treated it like a job, that’s when things really started to happen. I figured out who my audience is, learned SEO, upped my photography skills and focused on content creation.
To stand out, I truly believe you need to create useful content. There are so many pages and sites that share “inspirational” photos of traveling to a place…but that’s just what it is: inspiration. It doesn’t provide you with tips for visiting, the best time to go, how to get those shots, etc. So I prefer to create content that is of value and helpful to my readers—that doesn’t just let them dream of a place, but actually allows them to make that dream a reality by providing them with the tools to make it possible.
Also, when you’re building a blog, you’re building a brand—so you’ve really got to hone in on what your goals are, your message, who your target audience is, what kind of content you’re wanting to create and why. If you’re wanting to stand out as a blogger, head over to this post for all my tips and tricks.
I started blogging in 2019 and, I’ve said it before, I was not an overnight success!
Over the years, I’ve learned SO much about SEO, photography, website development, social media, and community.
In terms of “success,” I had my first 6-figure year in 2020. Remember, this is not based solely on paid Instagram promotions. I run multiple businesses.
There have been hours and hours poured into The HeyNomadic brand across this website and all social media platforms because, at the end of the day, I truly love it.
This is a personal choice. For me, the key factors involved in accepting a travel opp are travel time to and from (and pain of the flights lol), if there’s any compensation, what the deliverables are and, of course, how excited I am for the actual travel experience.
99% of the time, I turn down “press trips” because it’s just not worth the opportunity cost of working hard to go somewhere that I’m 1/2 interested in, to work my butt off, and then not get paid. I’d rather work on my own business and pay for the trips I’m really excited about.
Regarding business opps, the #1 factor is “does this interest or engage my audience?” If it feels icky or on the fence, it’s an immediate no, no matter the pay. Then, would I use it/do I personally like it? Am I excited about it?
Sometimes I’ll reduce my rates if I think it’s an amazing brand or product that feels super authentic to share with my audience. Otherwise, I’m pretty firm on my rates for the same reasons as the travel stuff—I’d rather spend my time on my own business than promote other businesses.
In order for a destination or property to invest in you, you need to offer ROI (return on investment). That means your value might come from exposure from a large audience, high-quality photos or video, or some other skill or service.
Imagine yourself as a hotel manager looking for new ways to market your property. You might consider print advertising, online ads or working with a digital creative.
As an online influencer, you’ll want to provide a Media Kit outlining your full reach and audience demographics.
There’s no plugin that will just add Ads to your website. Most bloggers sign up for an Ad Network that places ads on their website and pays them a revenue based on their pageviews.
I use AdThrive and love them, but they only work with higher trafficked websites. Media Vine is one of the most common in the industry.
I wouldn’t consider Ads until you’re getting significant traffic otherwise it’s just an ugly Ad on your website and no real profit. I think a benchmark of 50,000-100,000 page views per month is a good starting point. empowering, enjoyable and a wonderful experience.
Here are some main things you can focus on:
1. Be consistent. The algorithm tends to reward accounts that post once a day.
2. Invest in learning about photography techniques, composition, and your equipment.
3. Learn Lightroom and use Lightroom Presets to give a consistent aesthetic to your feed.
4. Treat your IG as a business and focus on creating a community and sharing content that attracts your tribe. Research hashtags and find a good mix of low and high traffic ones to use.
5. Find accounts that repost/share the type of content you’re making and if they have any dedicated hashtags to share photos, use those!
Im currently not bringing on new interns, but i always love to hear from creative and motivated people that want to join The HeyNomadic team. Feel free to send your resume to cont[email protected] and i will let you know if i have an opening!
Yes! I am always looking for travel experts to share their tips with our readers!
If you would like to become a guest contributor for HeyNomadic blog, you can submit your application here!
As a female traveler, there are a few things that are important when choosing photography gear.
The first is size—I don’t want to lug around a big camera or have a camera so large that it draws unnecessary attention to myself.
Secondly, I want a camera that is easy to use and has powerful features.
And, most importantly, I look for quality. Above all, I want a camera that’s shooting incredible images and has the capability to capture amazing video, which is why I shoot with Fujifilm X Series cameras.
Right now, I’m shooting on the Fujifilm H1 and 16-55mm F2.8 lens.
Check out my full list of Photography Tips to see what gear I use, how I shoot my photos, how I edit my photos, and more!
It depends on what kind of photos you’re wanting to take! Are you focusing more on landscapes, lifestyle photos, or really close up detail shots?
Two of the most important things to look for in a lens are the aperture and the focal length. Aperture is usually referred to in f-stop (ex. f/2.8) and the focal length is usually in measurements of mm (ex. 35mm or 18-55mm).
I typically travel with 2-3 lenses so that my bases are covered; a wide lens (for landscapes), a versatile but powerful zoom lens (for lifestyle shots and everyday use), and a prime lens (for portraits and detail).
If this wording confuses you or seems scary—don’t worry! We all have to start somewhere! Check out my full list of Photography Tips to see what gear I use, how I shoot my photos, how I edit my photos, and more!
keep a circular polarizer on my landscape and everyday lenses (ex. 18-55mm lens) to help cut glare when shooting outdoors.
TIP: You need to spin the polarizer (that’s why it’s called a circular filter), to adjust where the glare is reduced.
At the very least, you should keep a clear UV lens filter on all of your lenses. It helps to protect your lens against scratches and dust. Plus, they’re really inexpensive!
A majority of my photos are set up with a tripod and timer—I like to set up the shot beforehand and then go play in front of the camera. Photography is one of my biggest passions and I’ve got a bunch of tips here!
Sometimes, when I’m traveling with friends, I’ll have them snap a photo. I’ll even ask a complete stranger for help! The trick is to become a good photographer yourself so that you can frame the shot, set your shutter to continuous shooting, and then anyone can be your photographer! 😉
Here are my tips on How to Get Awesome Photos as a Solo Traveler!
I have the iPhone XS Max and it takes amazing photo and video! Most of what I share on my Instagram stories is shot on my phone.
Here are my tips on The Ultimate Guide to Smartphone Travel Photography, and here are my Top 5 Photo Editing Apps for Travelers.
And, I edit my iPhone photos with my Lightroom Presets for mobile!
In response to the countless emails and messages I get about my editing process, I developed my own Lightroom Presets.
I created different collections with custom presets that I use on my own photos throughout my travels. These easy-to-use presets will instantly add a beautiful aesthetic to all of your images.
You’ll find my Mobile Presets (perfect for anyone that edits on their phone) and my Desktop Collections (perfect for photography enthusiasts looking to take their photos to the next level)!
I actually design a majority of my IG stories in Photoshop! My brilliant graphic designer created bespoke graphics for me to use. However, Unfold is a great app to make pretty stories!
I wish I had more bandwidth so that I could share more videos from my travels! It really is my biggest passion.
I shoot with a few things but mainly my Canon G7X Mark II (the new Mark III is now available!) and Fujifilm H1 camera with 16-55mm f2/8 lens and 35mm f/1.4 lens. I also use my GoPro Hero 7 Black for action shots!
I also recently got my hands on the DJI Osmo Pocket and LOVE it for traveling and capturing footage and for vlogging. It’s got built-in stabilization so your footage turns out amazing every time.
Check out the full list of my vlogging gear here.
I personally shoot on the DJI Mavic 2 Pro with Hasselblad camera. The photo and video quality is AMAZING.
I will say, however, that my one beef with this model is you cannot rotate the camera to shoot in portrait. So, if you are most often shooting vertically, I would recommend the Mavic Pro.
If you’re not shooting professionally and are just looking for a fun and lightweight drone to capture your travels from above, I’d recommend the DJI Mavic Air. It’s super small, less expensive, and still offers RAW format photos and 4k video!