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An interview with Leyla Giray, author of Women on the Road
Leyla Giray is a journalist and development worker with a passion for travel and improving people’s lives in developing countries. At 43 she made a major life decision to reinvent herself, leaving her profession, possessions and a dead-end relationship to travel the world solo for six months. She was gone for three years, working along the way, at a time when the Internet and email were still uncommon.
Along the way she got lost in a Mozambican minefield, almost drowned off Zanzibar, paddled her way out of a flood in the Philippines, was stampeded by an elephant cow in Nigeria and stranded in a South African wildlife reserve for a week; she met with dissidents in Cuba and unwittingly sat on an anaconda in Brazil. Born in Paris and raised in Spain and Canada, she works for a development agency in Geneva during the day, and in the evenings and weekends finds time to manage the popular website for solo women travelers, women-on-the-road.com.
Now, she’s packed a lifetime of experiences into a book that’s practical, inspiring, and just right for you. See what other women are saying about Women on the Road:
Reviews of Women on the Road
As a long-time proponent of solo travel, I was thrilled to discover Leyla Giray’s first book, aptly titled Women on the Road. Travelling solo is a wonderful, life-enriching experience, but as Leyla points out it can be very daunting and doing so as a woman – especially alone – can sometimes complicate matters even further. This book is therefore an essential guide for any woman who has ever dreamed of travelling but been too afraid to take the proverbial leap into the unknown. It encourages women of all ages by offering advice gained from years of first-hand, on-the-road solo travel experience on everything from how to travel safely and independently to what to pack and where to stay. This book not only makes solo travel more accessible, it empowers women with the tools to make their solo travel dreams take flight.
Kim Wildman, author of Offbeat South Africa and Lonely Planet’s Athens City Guide.
Travel – especially solo travel, when you’re 50+ – can be a scary prospect if you haven’t done it before. But it doesn’t have to be! Women on the Road will help you plan your trip; from generating ideas of where to go and providing pre-planning checklists, right through to tips on reintegrating after you return, and everything in between.
Nora Dunn, TheProfessionalHobo.com
A title alone couldn’t convince me that all the essential wisdom needed for women in my age group to travel solo would be contained in this book, but within a few minutes of starting Leyla Giray’s Women On The Road, I knew I had found the real thing. Besides being an extraordinarily experienced traveler, Giray is one of us, and has a true understanding of the travel realities unique to women in this age demographic. Far more than a lightweight overview, Giray addresses in detail the kind of things any of us planning solo travel for any amount of time either is already concerned about or should be, while always reminding that travel can be incredibly rewarding and should be fun. This book will be a important standby on my Kindle, and will no doubt be referred to often during both the planning stages and while on the road. Whether you are already experienced solo traveler or in the early dreaming stage, you need this book!
Margo Milure, TravelBelles.com
If you’ve been considering to hit the road on your own for the first time, but have been putting it off because you are too much of a wuss, then you could do worse than reading Women on the Road. I was lucky enough to be forced to go on a big solo trip 18 years ago, otherwise I don’t think I’d ever have found the courage to do it. Unless of course, I had been lucky enough to stumble on a book like this. Leyla provides the inspiration, the information, and the kick in the butt you need to make it happen, so just do it!
Birgit Bradtke, Author of Destination: Kimberley
If this book had been published six years ago when I finally took the leap to travel solo around the world, it surely would have been the one to push me over that tipping point to just do it! It’s like an encyclopedic resource of everything imaginable that you need to know to travel solo. Dispelling myths, extolling truths, and sharing real life experiences, Leyla brings us a great manual chock full of tips, advice, and nuggets of information. Women On The Road: the essential guide for baby boomer travel, is THE guide that you will thank for sending you on your way into the amazing world!
Lisa Lubin, LLWorldTour.com
While writing a book on travelling with children, it often crossed my mind to write on the subject of travelling alone. Well, there’s no need, for Leyla has done it, and done it so well. Her background as a journalist shines through, and the research is impeccable. If I were asked to talk a friend through the pitfalls and opportunities, I would reference this book immediately and without hesitation. It really is great.
Fawzia Rasheed, Author of Travel with Kids (Rough Guides)
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