Meet Our Founder,
Hi, love. Diana here. I’m so glad you’re exploring Awakened Solo Travels. And I’m super excited you’re thinking about taking your first solo trip.
If you’ve been reading about our travel planning services, you already know we’re dedicated to helping women experience the freedom and growth that comes with solo travel.
But why do we care, and why did I create this company in the first place? It goes back to my first solo trip at the age of 15.
My family moved to Bulgaria from Russia when I was 13. Picking up my life and relocating at that tender age was challenging, and I learned (and grew) a lot. As I got older, I dreamed of going abroad to study English. I found a language school in England and persuaded my parents to let me go. While I was part of a class, I spent a lot of time alone – and learned a lot about myself in the process. The trip instilled an early love of travel, and one trip followed another.
I had the chance to put my English skills to work on my first solo trip to the United States. I took part in a work-travel program for the summer, then couchsurfed my way across the States for a month. For my first solo trip in Southeast Asia, I packed a bag and bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok. On that trip, I traveled across four countries on a two-month solo journey. It was a life-changing adventure.