In 2011, Alexa West sat on her bedroom floor, packed her life into a backpack, and got on a one-way flight with just $200 in her pocket. She turned that $200 into over ten years of full-time travel. She went from budget backpacker to solo female travel expert — and now teaches thousands of women how to travel alone and make money from anywhere.
The One-Way Ticket Plan reveals her decade’s worth of lessons, regrets, embarrassments, love stories, shortcuts, and problem-solving strategies — all packed into a hilarious page-turner and actionable plan for a total life makeover. From real-world advice on how travel can lower your cost of living to guidance on traveling safely, using strange toilets, avoiding tourist traps, dealing with unfamiliar foods, and coping with friendships, romance, and loneliness, Alexa provides the tools and inspiration to turn even the most inexperienced traveler into an expert explorer before ever leaving the couch.
“Who hasn’t fantasized about taking off for faraway, exotic adventures? West . . . tackles practical matters of interest to lone women traveling overseas, whether for two weeks, two months, or permanently. She provides a wealth of information concerning destinations, preparations, packing, trip insurance, housing options, employment opportunities, safety and health, and finding and maintaining financial support. All this up-to-date and sensible advice is wrapped around exhortations to determine goals, identify priorities, set boundaries, and believe that all things are possible. . . . This appealing title is a strong addition to travel collections.” — Booklist
“Most people spend their entire lives counting down the days until their next one-week vacation, but fortunately, life doesn’t have to be like that! Take it from Alexa West. She is one of the early digital nomad pioneers who discovered how to transform her travels from a short-lived vacation into an everyday lifestyle. She is a true leader in the space and an amazing example for all travelers who dream of booking that one-way ticket and living their daily life from the road.” — Christian LeBlanc, creator of Lost LeBlanc and Lost Creator Academy
“If I could go back in time and give my younger self this book, maybe she would have felt less alone in her choices to start traveling full-time.” — Beth Johnstone, professional nomad and creator at She Is the Lost Girl
“The One-Way Ticket Plan will have you laughing, crying, and ditching your 9-to-5 for a lifestyle you love.” — Valerie Joy Wilson, travel expert and founder of Trusted Travel Girl
“Solo travel is the most transformative experience women can give themselves. This is the bible on how to do it right.” — Christina Galbato, entrepreneur and online marketing expert
“Proof that you can make money from anywhere in the world, even in your bathing suit on a beach.” — Karlie Cummins, founder of Bali Buddies
“Alexa West wants you ‘to see that the concept of “the real world” is fake and the whole world is real.’ That’s why women should travel before and/or instead of rushing into jobs and marriage and kids — because travel teaches you that you are brave enough to do whatever it takes to find your own most inspiring version of your life, instead of falling into the first life that presents itself out of fear.” — Kristin Newman, author of What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
“The bible for solo female travelers.” — College Magazine
“This book is a must-have for every woman who has ever thought, I want to pack everything up and travel the world to be wild and free.The One-Way Ticket Plan is the ultimate guide for making your travel dreams a reality. It’s fun, relatable, and most importantly, filled with easy and actionable tips. All you have to do is pick it up, and you’ll be ready to start exploring the world. As Alexa West says, ‘the best adventures start with the simple decision to go,’ so go read this book and be on your way!” — Arden Joy, founder of Girls Who Travel and author of Keep This Off the Record (forthcoming)
“The One-Way Ticket Plan is a wonderful resource to help new and experienced travelers start planning and navigating every step of their journey.” — Jen Moyse, vice president of product and head of UX at TripIt
“I wish I’d had this book when I was eighteen and venturing out into the world on my own — maybe it wouldn’t have taken me ten years to find my purpose! As someone who felt pressure to go to college, get married, and settle down before my late twenties (and trust me, I did that), I only found myself miserable and wanting more out of life. Thankfully, ten years later, I got a second chance. This book, however, would have saved me those years of doubt and fear that kept me from pursuing my dreams from the start.” — Alicia Taylor, founder of Cherry Bombs
“This book shows women so much more than just how to get the courage to travel solo; it’s a road map to self-discovery and personal growth. It will empower women to step out of their comfort zones and embrace their passions, not just while traveling.” — Katy Nastro, travel expert and spokesperson at Going.com