Introducing SHABL’s Solo Female Travel Writer – Larissa

It’s my distinguished honor to introduce to you SHABL’s newest writer who will be covering “Solo Female Travel“.  She is being very humble in this introduction and has done a lot of incredible things. Without further delay, meet Larissa…

Salutations SHABL readers,

My name is Larissa aka the Blonde Gypsy. Rob has either been kind enough or stupid enough to give me some space on this awesome blog to talk to you about my personal experience as a solo female traveler/girl who took the risk and has no regrets.

A bit hesitant at first, I have come to realize that perhaps the blogosphere could benefit hearing from another solo female traveler such as myself because, let’s face it, traveling alone is a completely different experience in many aspects depending on which sex you are. Not that one or the other is better, they both have their pros and cons, it’s just that inevitably they are both different. This is especially true when you are treading on territory where the term “equality” isn’t popular and possibly never even heard of. And at the end of the day, male or female, I think we can always learn something from each other, right?

Another realization was that this will give me an opportunity to help convey the message that everyone can do this if they want to. Stop having a boring life, that is. Rob’s doing it, I’m doing it…and you can do it, if that’s what you want. I have been asked more times than I can count “How do you get to travel so much?”…and I have answered more times than I can count “I just do it”. Like Nike. I don’t over think things and I don’t commit to things I know aren’t going to bring me happiness in the long run (like a mortgage, car payments, or bad boyfriends/friends who are boys, for example). I make decisions and I go.

Some more about me…well at this point I have lived in 4 different countries and traveled to over 50 different cities in the past 3 years alone. So I guess that makes me somewhat of a credible source for information. Originally from the U.S., my travels have taken me mostly through Europe, but I have also experienced my fair share of Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

I will go into more detail in my next post about what I have been up to since I decided to stop having a boring life, but for now just wanted to say hello and briefly introduce myself. So “tips hat” to Rob for the invitation…. I’m really looking forward to sharing my experiences on here and being a part of the SHABL community.


  1. phil

    December 14, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Well you are much better looking then Rob !!! looking forward to reading about your adventures good luck…

    • Larissa

      December 14, 2011 at 8:32 am

      Hahaha, amazing. Thank you, Phil!

  2. Beh

    December 14, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Great initiative Larissa! As you and Rob, I have traveled many parts of the world! Looking forward to your posts and reading about your international experiences.

    PS. Rob is a wicked guy! Known him for almost 20 years and he was crazy enough to have me as his guarantor for his passport haha!

    Cheers and safe travels.

  3. James Shannon

    December 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Welcome to SHABL Larissa! Looking forward to hearing your perspective … cheers!

  4. Larissa

    December 14, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Thank you guys! Yeah, Rob is awesome…still can’t even believe he’s letting me do this 🙂

  5. John Bonjovi

    December 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

    You and Rob are getting married I can feel it! Great to have another perspective on here…Love this site and I love Rob. I cant wait for the wedding!

    • Larissa

      December 15, 2011 at 2:26 am

      Hahahaha oh man…I guess anything is possible, John Bonjovi. Glad you approve of me as a new addition 🙂

  6. Julie

    December 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Thumbs up, Larissa! Looking forward to ur amazing stories (c) Ukranian supporters)))

    • Larissa

      December 15, 2011 at 2:08 am

      Love my Ukrainian supporters <3

  7. Lisa Vukovic

    December 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I love your story and can’t wait to hear more. I am interested in hearing your perspective as a female. I know when ever I travel solo people are so friendly, it is easy to make friends. I am sure you have some good stories to tell 🙂

    • Larissa

      December 15, 2011 at 2:22 am

      It’s true! I have found the stranger the situation/place, the friendlier people have been to me. I have some great stories and am happy to hear you will be listening 🙂

  8. Lina

    December 15, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Hi Larissa, nice to hear about your gypsy life. I think it is brave of you to travel on your own, it is difficult for many to go out of their comfort zone and brave of those who surpass that fear, even more so being a woman since we are usually taught to be afraid. I cannot travel like you (stuck in Lund) but look forward to reading your stories

    • Larissa

      December 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Lina! Yeah, it has definitely been a gradual process getting comfortable and good at traveling alone, especially through some of the shadier places I have found myself in. But look, I am still here to talk about it! So if anything, I have learned that there was never anything to fear. YOU’LL NEVER KNOW UNLESS YOU GO. Happy to hear you will be reading 🙂

  9. Megan

    December 15, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Awesome!!! So this was the exciting news you were talking about 🙂 Very excited you’ll be sharing stories and tips and what not here!!!! I will have to share a lot of them on my blog since I get many solo female travelers reading!

    • Larissa

      December 15, 2011 at 3:38 am

      Thank you, that will be great! I love 🙂

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