Women Travel Latin America interviewed Alone Together contributing author Ilona Tonnaer about her travels through the region and what inspires her to share her stories.
What inspired you to write your story for Alone Together?
I always I knew I was going to write a story about my travels in Latin America. The moment just was never there, until a friend of mine told me about Alone Together. I simply knew: this is it.
Why do you think women should travel Latin America?
It is, in fact, a very feminine part of the world: energetic, lively, colorful and powerful. To be there is to feel all your senses, to find yourself reflected in the culture and people. And it’s just a downright awesome place to be, for women and men, for anyone.
What is your best memory of your Latin America adventure, and why?
Standing on the volcano Osorno, together with my new Chilean friend, thinking: is this me? Did I just climb this thing? It’s surreal and so reviving to see where you can end up and where you can go, if you just plan on doing it – and do it.
Describe the region in three words.
I have only one: alive.
What advice would you give to a woman considering a trip to Latin America?
Don’t be stupid. Use your head, like you or any other smart woman would do. Don’t underestimate what you can do, don’t overestimate what you think you must do. Just go, and see it for yourself!