Feature Friday | Kelsey from Hipstorical
Meet Kelsey from Hipstorical.
I strongly believe that people who love to travel are the best kind of people. This series will introduce you to some of the amazing women travelers with whom I have been fortune enough to connect. Women travelers who are overcoming adversity and crushing societal norms are a huge source of inspiration for me and I believe their stories will inspire you as well.
Tell us about yourself. Who are you? Where are you based? When and how did you start traveling?
What is the most unique place you have ever been? Share with us an off-the-beaten path location that we may have never heard of! What made you decide to visit this place?
How can we travelers choose a favorite place? It’s like choosing one of our babies. Probably my favorite off the beaten path destination is Il Borghetto Sul Mincio in Italy. It’s a little mill village converted into a hotel and restaurants. It is picture perfect and feels like a fairytale. I stayed there on a bike tour with DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co, and it was magical. We also did a cooking class at the nearby Pastiamo which was so much fun! There are lots of tourists there on the weekends, but they’re mostly Italian tourists, so it still feels authentic and off the beaten track.
What is the most beneficial lesson you have learned from traveling solo?
The best thing I’ve gained from traveling solo is that feeling of independence and “grown upness.” I’m always nervous to travel solo, especially in a foreign country, and it can be stressful. But then when you return home, there is a sense of accomplishment that you bring back as a souvenir. A feeling of “if I can do that, I can do anything!”
When you decided to travel solo for the first time, were the people in your life supportive of your decision? If not, how did you overcome this?
Most of my travels are actually with travel companions, but when I have traveled solo, my friends and family have been very supportive! I usually travel solo but meet up with friends in my destination or make friends along the way!
Have you ever traveled somewhere that you did not feel safe as a solo female traveler? If so, where?
Nope, I can’t comment.
In your travels, you have likely come across many kind people. What country has the most friendly locals?
In the US, I had the best experience on a solo trip to Atlanta. People were incredibly kind, friendly, and outgoing! I had a great time talking to locals on the train, in my Uber, and everywhere I went.
If you could share one piece of advice with a large group of people, what would it be?
Travel advice? I would say don’t forget about all the great places right in your back yard. I always have the itch to get back to Europe or make it to Asia, but I there are so many amazing, beautiful places to see in the US. Living in New England has given me access to so many wonderful cities and sites from Portland to Lake Winnepesauke in New Hampshire. I always keep an eye on my favorite airlines for cheap flights, and if there’s a cheap flight for St. Louis or Minneapolis or Salt Lake City, I will snatch it up. I know I can always find fun and unique things to do in any city.
Be sure to check in every Friday to meet other awesome women travel bloggers and future friends! If you follow a female travel blogger that you love, please send suggestions my way so that I can reach out to her! If you are interested in being featured yourself, please shoot me an email: hello[at]btravelsbetter.com.