Dream Team

Dream Team

Dream Team

Our team members are from all over the world and have distinctly different perspectives and experiences. What we all have in common is a passion for solo travel, an open mind for new and creative ideas, and dedication to the growth of our community. You may meet our dream team on Meetup Tours, on our socials, and for sure inside our membership.

SoFe Travel Staff

Solo Travel Network Founder

Amanda Black

Founder & Bosslady

Amanda left for a four month trip to the Middle East and seven years later, she is still on the road. Humbled by her travels and inspired by the women she meets along the way, she became passionate about creating a community for like-minded travelers. The Solo Female Traveler Network grew from a small Facebook group of just Amanda’s friends to a community of over 500k women and inspiring traveler.

“I spend most of my days thinking about solo female travelers – how to empower them, offer support, and inspire. During my years as a traveling nomad, I realized that even though I prefer to travel alone, sometimes I needed a support system and I always love sharing travel advice and stories with people who get it. I am always open to new connections!”

Megan Arzbaecher

Meetup Tour Manager

Megan is a passionate travel + food expert living in Cologne, Germany. She grew up in Wisconsin before moving to Chicago for several years. Travel has been a major part of Megan’s life, shaping her career path and personal ambitions throughout young adulthood. She recently completed an MBA in sustainable tourism management and has eight years experience working in the travel industry. 

She has traveled to 55 different countries on all 7 continents and a few of her favorite places include Nepal, Portugal, Argentina and South Africa. You can read about her travel adventures on Traverse, her personal travel blog. When she manages to stay in one place, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats, taking care of her 40+ houseplants, and cooking vegan food.

solo female traveler tour leader Victoria

Victoria Irvine

Social Media Extraordinaire

Impromptu dance party? Extra pita full of falafel? Victoria is our girl for lots of laughs, and she comes with a heart of gold. Having grown up in a family of serious travelers, she’s ticked off loads of bucket list countries, which has made her the soulful, kind, thoughtful kind of traveler we love.

“Working with SoFe was a dream come true. After decades of solo backpacking, being able to meet and travel with lots of like-minded women felt like coming home. SoFe embodies many of the values I hold close: adventure, connection, openness and encouragement. It is through these values that it helps women become the independent travelers they want to be. What more could a girl ask for?” 

Ambassadors

Melinda Garcia

“Becoming an Ambassador for The Solo Female Traveler Network (SoFe) was a dream come true. After decades of solo backpacking, being able to meet and travel with lots of like-minded women felt like coming home. SoFe embodies many of the values I hold close: adventure, connection, openness and encouragement. It is through these values that it helps women become the independent travelers they want to be. What more could a girl ask for?” 

Renay Weir

“When you love empowering women to travel and experience amazing places first hand, then working with SoFe travel is a no brainer. Watching women from all over the world start the tour as a group of strangers and leave with such a special bond is one of the best things about being an ambassador for SoFe. That and the fact that you are traveling around a country where everyday is full of activities, interactions with local women, fun and laughter! Everyday on tour is different but that’s the best part! You need to be flexible, think on your feet and more importantly join in on all the fun!”

Community Admins

Woman Solo Traveling

Brittany Steer

“For me, solo travel has shown me how strong and capable I am. My favorite place I’ve traveled so far is Iceland. SoFe Travel inspires me, motivates me, and I adore helping to run this group and our Instagram.”

Woman Solo Traveling

Nikki Zuppin

Nikki is an Aussie living in Bali and traveling full time. She’s never met a dog she doesn’t love, is up for any adventure, and has the sunniest smile around. You can find her by the pool with a snack anytime she’s not leading a Meetup Tour.