Alone Together presents the extraordinary true stories of thirty-six women who explored a region they were taught to fear and uncovered the curious bond that exists between Latin America and the lone women on its roads. From chicken buses without bathrooms to a trusty bamboo bicycle, these honest, heart-wrenching, and often amusing adventures are essential reading for anyone curious about this part of the world.
With a foreword by Hilary Bradt MBE and a prologue by Amy Baker, this anthology features contributions from all kinds of women, from those who went traveling for the first time to those who have spent much of their lives and careers on this amazing continent. Tales from backpackers rub shoulders with stories from people who decided to travel later in life as well as anecdotes from those who never stopped. What all these accounts have in common is that every single one is inspirational and that together they convey the power of travel and the wonders of Latin America.
Office worker Julia defies the jeers of childhood bullies as she vows to become a cowboy in Colombia while Phebe’s worst nightmare creeps up on her in the darkest corner of the jungle. Elizabeth confronts her Cuban grandfather with the past he tried to erase, Kelly is ambushed by bandits on a midnight bus in Mexico, and Rebecca must unravel the mysterious disappearance of a young woman in Argentina.
“Often poignant, always personal, Alone Together captures what’s best about independent travel – the excitement, the fears, the surprises and, above all, the richness of shared humanity. A joy to read.”
– Oliver Balch
“Inspiring as well as powerful… a must for all travelers to the region.”
– Marjorie Agosín