Who are you and how long have you been travelling for?
I’m Nastasia and I am the founder of Dame Traveler! I started travelling in 2010 after my now husband introduced me to the world of travel. I’ve been addicted since!
How do you fund your travels?
Aside from travelling becoming a business for me, there are dozens of ways to fund travels! Sacrificing expensive clothes and dinners, renting a home instead of buying, signing up for travel rewards programs, etc. If it means a lot to you, you will find a way to make it work.
Dame Travelers is an amazing website, what inspired you to create it?
I noticed a lack of platforms that celebrate women who do things rather than buy things so I made one! I believe female travelers should be celebrated. They are brave and inspiring!
It’s a scary world out there for a woman. Why do you travel by yourself?
Because anything a man can do, a woman can do. Just have to make smart decisions and be aware of your surroundings. We’re just as capable.
Which country/city has been your favourite travelling to as a solo female traveller? Why?
Cape Town, South Africa! The people are so friendly and the natural landscapes are amazing!
And which has been your least favourite?
Dubai. I discovered that it’s not a very warm place to visit and found it to be too materialistic, lacking in true culture.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your past self about the world of travel?
I would have started at a younger age. I always think about that, I wish I would have studied abroad, etc. but I am trying to make up for it now!
Met any interesting people along the way that have inspired you to travel more? Or inversely, pack up and go back home?
Tons of Dame Travelers! I am inspired by them everyday!
Do you see yourself going home any time soon?
I am currently married and I am based in Chicago but I travel often.
Other than where you grew up, where else in the world could you see yourself living? Why?
Italy. it’s my favourite place in the world. I love the fact that they need so little to live a good, authentic life. Their culture is so inspiring.
Any advice or tips for solo female adventurers?
Yes! Just go out there and do it. But be smart about it. Make it a priority and amazing adventures will come. Just believe.
What has been your most lasting memory throughout your travels? Good or bad.
The day I married my husband on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The ceremony was the most moving moment of my life. Set in a 10th century cathedral, the priest, the atmosphere, the kindness of the people following us in the streets post-ceremony. It was spiritually stunning. I love Europe. I love italy. Where is your next destination? San Fran with a road trip along Big Sur to San Diego Hawaii Bahamas South America in November!
Nastasia is an adventurer with a great appetite for travel, from her first taste of travel through her now husband, to meeting many Dame Travelers around the world, including yours truly. Be sure to keep up to date with her travels, especially her recent trip to Thailand.