Solo Traveling as a Dutch-born, North African Muslim Woman with Shaimaa @salamsanctuary (ft. Tales from Kenya, The Netherlands, Sudan, Egypt, Malaysia, & Australia)

Solo Traveling as a Dutch-born, North African Muslim Woman with Shaimaa @salamsanctuary

Recently, we had a LIVE session with Shaimaa Osman from @salamsanctuary on the Muslimah Solo Travelers Community Facebook Group, where we listen to her tales on solo traveling, from the perspective of a Dutch-born, North African Muslim Woman.

From her tales at Kenya’s under-rated Lamu with the Muslim seafaring community; to her first introduction to solo travel in Granada, Andalusia, and her personal recommendations for those thinking of doing solo trips to Egypt, Sudan, and The Netherlands, you do not want to miss out what Shaimaa had shared with us!

Check out the entire session here in the YouTube video down below, or listen to it on our Journeys with The Muslimah Solo Travelers Podcast

Timestamp & Show Notes:

01:08 – About Shaimaa @salamsanctuary

02:14 – Shaimaa’s initial journey to solo traveling at Granada, Southern Spain & being with the Masjid Community in Albaicin

05:34 – Feeling Nervous when Solo Traveling for the first time & Rediscovering Parts of Ourselves we didn’t know we had – Shaimaa’s discovery of Connecting with People from all over the place. 

07:28 – Making friends when solo traveling 

08:28 – Solo Traveling as a Dutch-born North African Muslim woman. Her mixed heritage of Sudanese, Egyptian and Turkish. Traveling experience in Malaysia when the LRT was about to close, and her first perception, vs. the reality of being in Australia.

10:59 – Memorable bits from traveling to Lamu, Kenya, and meeting the Muslim Islander community.

14:41 – Roadtrip and expeditions from Nairobi, seeing the Big 5 in Kenya

16:26 – Advice to those who wish to travel solo to The Netherlands, Sudan, and Egypt. (+ safety tips!)

19:29 – Shaimaa’s map journey and discovery of Islamic arts and Arabic calligraphy 

21: 50 – What’s next in store for Shaimaa & her aspirations on the Silk Road

23:16 – Document your journey, and give yourself permission to solo travel. 

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