Who Am I?
Hello! I’m Jen, a solo female traveler and adventurer. Like you, I always wanted to travel but found excuses not to, like, “I can’t travel because I have a real job,” or “there’s no point in going so far for such a short period of time,” or the ever reliable, “I’m broke.”
Then one day, I chucked that mentality. I realized that traveling made me happy, and I wanted to prioritize it. I found a side hustle and learned how to book cheap flights, becoming the equivalent of an extreme couponer for air travel. I set out to take 12 trips in 12 months while employed full-time as an before my 30th birthday and ended up surpassing my goal, completing 20 trips in 12 months to destinations like Greece, Argentina, Thailand and Iceland. What’s more, I did it on the cheap, with award flights costing as little as $5 one way and roundtrip flights averaging $300 roundtrip.
From Tinder to Travel
My mission was fueled in part by the anticipation of entering a new decade, but also as a reaction to the pressure young women feel to settle down by this age. I used to be on Tinder, and the one question I got asked repeatedly on first dates was “what’s wrong with you that you’re still single?” This irritated me to no end. The presumption was that because I look good on paper (or in this case, on profile), there had to be some horrible catch that explained why I’d yet to be snatched up.
I’ve yet to come up with a good answer, so I decided to stop putting myself in situations where I was being asked the question. The opportunity to settle down hasn’t presented itself to me just yet, so in the meantime, I plan on seeing, learning and doing as much as possible. And I hope to share it all with you! That’s where Jen on a Jet Plane comes in.
What can I do for you?
Too many people put off traveling till they retire or find someone to enjoy it with. I’m here to tell you that if you’re bold enough to chase your own adventures, the universe will reward you in unexpected ways. If you’re courageous enough to travel solo, you will find a community that will never let you feel alone.
I want to inspire others to become extended long weekend vacationers and, like me, see some of the wonders this world has to offer. This website has valuable tools to help your travels take off, including money-saving tips, bucket list adventures and memorable stories.
Be sure to come back and see where I’m off to next, and follow me on social media for pictures and updates.
Till next time, safe travels!