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How the Solo Female Traveler Network became a powerful online support system for women

Women empowering women.

Sep 14, 2020, 7:48 am

Internet Culture

Matt Silverman 

Matt Silverman

While traveling alone in Mexico, Amanda Black was robbed. She felt violated and scared, and she didn’t know where to turn in a foreign county with no friends or family. That’s when she realized the need for an online support network—a place where women traveling alone can get advice and, in some cases, urgent help.

She founded the Solo Female Traveler Network in 2016, and thousands of women joined immediately, sharing similar stories of vulnerability. Today, the Facebook group and website count more than 420,000 members, and it’s become a place of empowerment for women traveling the globe.

This week on 2 GIRLS 1 PODCAST, Alli and Jen talk to Black about the unique challenges women face when traveling, the discouraging responses from friends and family when women decide to travel, and some amazing stories of how this online community saved the day in an IRL crisis.

Listen to episode 146 of #2G1P here:

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*First Published: Sep 14, 2020, 7:48 am