What is Go! Girl Guides all about?

Created by Kelly Lewis, Go! Girl Guides publishes the world’s first series of travel guidebooks made specifically for women.  

So far we’ve created print & online guidebooks for Thailand, Argentina, Mexico, London and New York City, with a title on Costa Rica coming soon! 

Our country-by-country guidebooks give women the inside scoop on how to travel safely and affordably. We’ll tell you which hotels and hostels have the best security, what areas of town to avoid at night, how to navigate a local pharmacy and how to deal with catcalls abroad. We talk about everything from tampons to birth control, all to give you the head’s up on what to expect when you travel solo to a new country. We want you to get excited about traveling, and prepared to take on the world!

By Women, For Women

Our books are different– we’re tired of the black and white, gray guidebooks that don’t show the life of a country. Our guides are full-color, vibrant and laid out in a way that’s easy to navigate. We’ve also got some fun sections that others just don’t, including a food & recipes section, and a volunteer section, which lists free volunteer resources for that country.

We have an awesome audience and team that includes women from across the globe, and we’re growing fast!

Our guidebooks are written exclusively by female travelers, for female travelers.

Aside from your average who, what, where guidebook content, within our pages you will find Q&As with other female travelers who have explored and lived within this destination, as well as motivational essays written by women who are passionate about travel and adventure.

We believe that travel can be both stimulating and affordable.

We believe in having adventures that change lives.

We believe that every woman has the power within them to do extraordinary things.

We aim to offer women a comprehensive look at world travel within the guise of three topics: safety, affordability and fun. We want you to get up, get out and start traveling.. and then have resources geared specifically towards you to keep you out on the road.

Follow us on Twitter @ Gogirlguides or on our Facebook.

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katie January 24, 2011 at 7:29 am

dude this is awesome..massively proud..love you always. wish you all the happiness and success in the world..see you on the flip side little lady xx


Jade January 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Super excited about this!


Kelly January 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Thanks so much Jade!!


FLOY January 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm



Krissy January 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Thanks so much Floy!


Skandar August 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

MistyXoXo Posted on Thanks for the post, Clarice. My doctor first spucested that I might have arthritis, but the hand x-rays came back normal and that’s when he considered Lupus. I hope you get through the winter without too much pain!


buddy reed January 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Great idea and website Kelly. It will no doubt be a huge success!!!


Edinho August 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

Posted on She’s an exceptional fiteghr, and a very strong person. I’m very proud of her, and glad of being by her side loving and supporting her. <3


Jillian February 1, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Great idea! Can’t wait to see the first guide!


Kelly February 2, 2011 at 12:15 am

Thanks Jillian! We can’t wait for it to come out!!!


Quinn W February 2, 2011 at 6:41 am

What an AWESOME idea!! And so needed right now as more of us ladies venture out on our own. I traveled and lived in Europe for awhile on my own a few years back, and this would have been a great resource. I’ll probably head out in another year or so, and will definitely be checking back here. Especially if you are Arizonans! I’m in Phoenix :)



Kelly February 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Thanks Quinn! Yes, we’re based out of Tucson! So glad you found us!


Morgan February 15, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Have so much fun! Thailand is AMAZING! Can’t wait to read about your adventures and see pictures! Safe travels.


Davud Pulon February 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Dudettes! What an amazing idea! You geaux girls!!!


Krissy February 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Thanks Daveed! We appreciate your love here


Molly June 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Just found this site… EXACTLY what I needed! Fabulous idea! :)


Lauren @millermemoires October 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

This is awesome! I’ll definitely have to pick up a copy as I’m planning a trip to Thailand for Chinese new year! Anyway, such a good idea to get female travelers to collaborate like this!


Adventurous Andrea February 12, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Hi, knowledgeable ladies! I’ve got a question for you… This summer “moving” to Europe (I’m staying as long as I possibly – definitely over a year). Since I have no definitive time of return to the US, do you recommend simply buying a one way ticket? It’s between that or getting a open ticket. Do you think that simply buying a one way ticket into a country would make them concerned?


Kelly February 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Hey Andrea! If you can, I would just get a one-way ticket. You can always buy one back home when you need it! That way you have more flexibility. Some countries, however, won’t let you past immigration unless you have a return ticket, so be sure to check the requirements before you go!


Kendra Thornton November 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Hi there -

I have a quick question about your blog. Could you please email me when you get a chance? Thank you!


Kathy Martin November 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Hello.. Wonderful site and idea directed to the female market in this year of the woman!! I run and own a hostel on the island of Cozumel, in country of Mexico and just wondering about listing in your guide or how you place lodgings etc. What ever info you can share greatly appreciated.

thanks and CONGRATULATIONS on a very needed and well done web site and travel info!


Shalyn Nelson January 24, 2014 at 1:18 am

My name is Shalyn. I am 24 years old. I am about to embark on a great solo adventure. I am going to travel around Asia. I have a one way ticket, and little to no plans or money. I am on a journey of self growth and exploration. For details on my travels please check out my link http://www.gofundme.com/5zzzu8.
I am looking for sponsors and fundraisers for my travels. I want to document my adventures, challenges and growth and share my experiences with women around the world to help inspire greatness and courage. I realize I am not the first women to go on a solo trip around Asia and that in order to grab attention enough for monetary help I need something special. Luckily…I AM special! We are all special and we all have a story to tell.
I grew up in middle class, white, suburbia, as much of the stereotypical American youth has. But I’ve always felt different and out of place in the predetermined societal role that I was put into in my community. Through college (naturally) I experimented with different aspects of who I am. I tried to sift through what is really a part of me and what is the stuff that has soaked in without my awareness based on how I SHOULD be as a middle class, white, suburban, American, female. I fell in love with my best girlfriend and came out to my family about being queer. It has been a challenging journey that I am still on, finding out what that means; culturally, socially, and personally. I went and traveled around central and south America with my lover for about a year and half. I taught English, I was a head cook at an Irish Pub in Ecuador, I fell in love and got my heart broken. I traveled on buses as the only white women, alone and crying over heartbreak. I jumped off waterfalls. I crossed salt flats. I challenged myself and left my comfort zone, where I learned the most. I came back to realize the importance of traveling. It was especially apparent how important it is for women to travel alone. We are constantly told in society what our role is. What we can and cannot do. What is safe or unsafe for us. How we need to be escorted by a man or that it is a “mans world”. I also found in my travels that I look at the world with a sort of childlike curiosity, that gets me into unique situations. I like get into the most unlikely situation, based on where I come from, and adapt to it. I like to start my day by walking out the door and interacting with the world around me to determine what I will do that day. My most memorable experiences traveling have been extremely spontaneous and simple. When we experience people from different walks of life and realize we are not that different, we break down barriers within society and ourselves and we can better see beauty in everything that we do. Being able to recognize beauty in chaos and pain, will help us thrive. I am traveling to figure out how I can thrive. I want to challenge myself to be the best me I can be. I want to break away from the ideas that society, family, friends, and I; have put on myself. I want to look back at my journey and say “Hell Yeah! I just did that all by myself, and KILLED IT!” I want to experience to be empowered and help empower others. When talking to women about my travels and my plans for future travels I often get the same response, “Ah, I’m so jealous!” or “Wow you are so brave”. I never know what to say. I try to explain there is nothing to be jealous of, just do it! And that I am scared, but more scared of settling into a life that was assigned to me. Then we talk about our fears, things we are tied down by and other hindering factors. I try to explain that bad things can happen anywhere, and that if we focus on them they will happen to us. But if we are smart, prepared, and hope for the best, it will be nothing but a magical adventure. There are GIFTS in our challenges. I want to be a part of women ending the silence of sexual abuse and rape in our world. I want us to build each other up to fight against this, all too common, issue. Bad things happen. But we should learn to protect ourselves and each other from these things rather than hiding and living in fear of them. We are so much stronger than given credit for. I have recently realized that my life’s mission is to help people. I want to be that person in times of need, and often am. When I let myself travel and be present I tend to find myself in situations where someone is in need of love, comfort, and support. I feel I thrive in these situations and learn the most about myself and humanity. I realize in those moments I am in the right place at the right time. Unfortunately in modern American society I cannot exactly walk around all day and night with no plan, interacting with the world, in order to be in these right places at the right time. Traveling abroad and sharing my gifts is an acceptable way to do this.
That is where the funding comes in. I am a 24 year old, white, middle class, female, queer, artist, survivor, writer, adventurer, child, lover, traveling gypsy. I am on a quest of self exploration, spiritual guidance, and personal growth. I am on a quest of connecting with humanity, and the finding and spreading of love. I have been seriously writing for only a about a year and half now, but have found a fond connection with it. My writing comes in many forms. I want to come home and share my experiences, via the internet, blogs, and books; with women and people of the world, to help inspire truth. Please check out my link. Please help me spread the word, seeing as I only have so many contacts. Even if you cannot contribute financially, support in ANY form is greatly appreciated. Also any volunteer opportunities would be passionately considered. Nothing is ever expected, but is always appreciated!
Sincerely, Shalyn Nelson


Liz LaFarge January 31, 2014 at 9:55 am

Want to stay in the USA and travel with your tent? My blog is written for women who would like to do just that, but they need some help learning how to do it safely and comfortably. ( it’s called The Tent Soloist – the manifesto of a passionate camper) and thetentsoloist.wordpress.com – that’ll get you to my blog.


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