The Movie “Wild” and Finding Yourself in Solo Travel
When I saw the poster for Wild, I was immediately reeled in.
As a solo female traveler, a movie poster featuring a lone woman on the road with a backpack immediately sparked my interest. Although I wasn’t quite sure what the movie was entirely about, as a fellow traveler I was certain that I had to see it and discover for myself.
Wild is about Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) and her journey on the pacific crest trail, starting from the Mojave Desert and ending in the National Parks of Oregon. While this movie showcases the splendor of America’s rugged pacific coast, it’s not a picture perfect, self-discovery type travel epic filled with epiphanies and life’s splendor. It’s a movie about cold nights spent in a tent; the weight of a backpack digging into your skin, suffering from dehydration in the sun, ripping a toenail off your bloody foot and eating cold food for days on end..