According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of flâneuse is “a woman who is or who behaves like a flâneur.” Well, what is a flâneur you may now ask? Good question! “Flâneur, from the French noun flâneur, means ‘stroller,’ ‘lounger,’ ‘saunterer,’ or ‘loafer.’ Flânerie is the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations.” For centuries, the term was reserved for men, but we are here to take it back (this book was the inspo!). In this series, we talk to female travelers who are exploring and strolling the world in their own way, on their own terms.
This month’s Flâneuse is Rose from Where Goes Rose! Originally from the UK, Rose works online while traveling full-time and also runs a travel blog. So far, she has travelled around 58 countries and has no desire to stop! Currently in Mexico, Rose is gearing up to start traveling through Central America soon. Keep reading to learn more about her adventures and the realities of working while traveling:
+ Hello! Introduce yourself!
Hey, my name’s Rose, and I’ve been travelling full time for almost two years now while working online. In the past, I would run money up and down by saving up at home then going away on trips, but now I work for myself so that I don’t end up at my parent’s house broke once a year! Working for yourself has its trials and tribulations, but I love the opportunity it gives me to see the world.
+ When did you first start traveling?
When I was 19! The first place I visited was South America, and now, ten years later, I’m headed back to that part of the world after travelling extensively in Asia and Africa. My first trip feels so long ago now. A lot has happened, but I don’t think I’d be the same person today if it weren’t for all the travel challenges and experiences I have under my belt.
+ How would you describe your travel style?
I would describe my style as solo, budget, and easy-going. I don’t like to plan too strictly ahead as I want to have flexibility in a place. I’m definitely a city person, so I love to be based in a cool city and then do excursions to the countryside. My current travel style also involves a lot of laptop days, as I do have to work to fund my travels. I’m not as carefree as I once was because I have deadlines and run a travel blog, but I have had some fantastic opportunities through the blog, so I wouldn’t change things!
+ Why is travel so important to you?
Good question! Travel is everything! We don’t have long in the world, and I want to get to know it. I want to know how girls my age live in other countries: what’s the same, what’s different, how my life would be had I been born somewhere else. I have a lot of curiosity and frequently drop pins on Google to try and visualise new places. I want to understand the world we live in – not from just my bubble or perspective, but everyones! Also, travel involves new foods, which is another reason it’s so important to me. Food is nearly as important to me as travel.
+ Most memorable travel experience?
It would have to be something animal-focused. When I think of my best bucket list experiences, the safaris I did in Africa spring to mind. The enormous animals we saw, like lions and elephants, made me feel totally powerless and in awe of the world. Travelling to Africa wasn’t cheap (I would recommend the budget camping trip I did with G adventures to keep the costs down), but it was so worth it!
+ Best parts/challenges of being a female traveler?
I would say the best part about being a female traveller is that people aren’t wary of you, which is good in terms of meeting locals and getting engrossed in the culture. I guess the obvious downside is males being inappropriate and having to look after yourself that bit more. I haven’t had many bad experiences while travelling (luckily!), but I found things difficult in Cuba last month when there was a lot of harassment.
+ What steps do you take/plan to take to be a more “conscious” wanderer?
I’m trying to make it from Mexico to Brazil without taking a flight! I also carry a reusable coffee cup, metal straw, and water bottle everywhere and always try to dine in rather than get takeaway food. It’s not easy to change habits, but I’m trying! I would say the biggest challenge is travelling in countries like Asia where plastic is relied on so heavily by the locals as it is the cheapest material to use. There aren’t as many alternatives!
+ Three top tips for other ladies who want to start traveling?
Do it, do it, do it!
Joking. If I had to pick three, I’d say
- Book a flight or something that forces you to take the plunge. Once you have a date, you’re committed and can’t back out!
- Stay in hostels and take walking tours etc. as they’re the best ways to meet people.
- Read lots of blogs for inspo and follow other travellers like you online. When you’ve created an echo chamber of people just like you taking on the world, it will feel much more normalised and attainable.
+ What is one thing you never travel without?
My laptop! Gotta make money to fund the adventures! Saying that, I love leaving it behind in a secure place (like my friend’s house in Mexico while I went to Cuba with hand luggage only) and switching off for a bit. Social media can drag you in when you don’t work with it…but when you do, it can distract you from other thoughts and feelings. It’s so lovely to be without tech occasionally!
+ What upcoming adventures do you have for 2020?
Enjoying my current home base of Mexico then getting on the road to Central America. Hopefully, I’ll catch a boat to Colombia and finish the year there. Afterward, I want to see South America too. It’s going to be a huge trip, and I’m still right at the beginning. I hope you stick around and follow!
+ Anything else you would like to add?
Travel is no walk in the park; it can be very tiring and overwhelming, especially when you’re working too. But it’s the best thing in the world. And so addictive! I can’t imagine a life without travel. Even if I go back to a 9-5 one day or have a family and home base, there’s no way travel won’t be part of my life, whether it’s weekends away, shorter holidays, I’ll always find a way to make it happen. Amen!
Thank you for sharing, Rose!
+ Last month’s Flâneuse was Efia Sulter, a Scottish girl living in Melbourne, who has recently written an e-book about solo travel.
+ 10 sustainable carry-on items for your next travel adventure.
+ For more travel inspiration, these six female travelers shared their must-visit destination for 2020.