Traveling solo is quite an experience and drastically different than when you’re traveling as a couple, with family or friends. It can be really fun to go out on your own and explore!
I absolutely love to go to new places and I’m always down for taking trips with friends but sometimes you find that it’s actually easier to travel by yourself.
You get to decide when and where you want to go, no more waiting for people to make up their minds. You can prepare your own budget, unrestricted by others. And most importantly, you get to create your own itinerary. Do what you want to do. See what you want to see.
As a female, I think it is true that we do have to take a few extra precautions to ensure safety as it is the number one concern while traveling abroad. You need to be smart and use common sense during your journeys so here are some tips to have a fun and safe journey!
Tips for Solo Female Travelers
Do your homework
Always make sure you research the places you want to go, before you go. Talk to people who have gone before, look online for other solo female travel blogs or check out various resources like a guide. Nothing gives a better sense of security than a planned itinerary.
If you don’t want to plan out every day to be more flexible, at least have in mind a rough estimate of how many days you will stay in one place and your lodging accommodations. It’s fun to be spontaneous but it’s good to know something about a place before you hop on a bus.
Make a friend or two
I know the point of traveling alone is to, well be alone. However solo travel is also an excellent way to meet new people and make friends. Find people who are also traveling alone so you have someone to share tours, adventures and travel stories with.
It’s a great way to bond and have fun on a night when you may be bored or want someone to hangout with. And you might end up adding more countries to your list to visit if your new friend is from abroad!
Hostel it up
Anyone who has backpacked through Europe will say staying in hostels are the best way to go if you’re looking to travel on a tight budget. They’re cheap, moderately comfortable and the best place to meet people.
All my experiences in hostels have been positive: people are super friendly, you meet people from all over the world and they offer deals on tours and transportation.
Something is always going on: movie night, a pool party or free drinks before 9 PM. Private rooms are offered by most hostels and if you decide to stay in a hotel, that’s OK too. Many hostel activities are open to the public (for a small fee sometimes) and you can join in on the fun.
Don’t draw unwanted attention to yourself
The last thing you want on your journey is to get harassed or bothered. One important precaution a girl can take is to dress appropriately. I agree whole heatedly that no one should be hassled because of the way they dress but certain clothing does draw attention, particularly to the male population. You should respect the culture and norms of the place you are visiting which might be reflected in the way you dress.
To avoid unwanted attention, try to blend in with the locals and the crowd. Don’t walk around in high heels if you’re taking a hike or let your goodies spill out while visiting a museum.
If you’re lost, ask someone. Looking scared or acting oblivious displays your vulnerability which people might take advantage of.
KIP (Keep in touch)
It’s crucial to keep in touch while traveling alone. Always have an emergency contact ready with you and let your friends and family know where you are. Anything can happen while on a trip and some things are unpreventable.
Keep your emergency contacts in your phone or in your backpack on a piece of paper, this way if you are unable to obtain them yourself, somebody else will be able to find it for you. Get an international sim card and stick it in your phone, that way you’ll always have a way to reach someone if need be.
Some extra tips
Find close accommodation: If your flight or bus arrives late a night to your new destination, make sure to book a room beforehand that is in close proximity.
Limit your drinking: It’s fun to have some drinks and enjoy yourself but if you’re out by yourself, never get drunk to the point where you lose consciousness or have no control over yourself. This makes you incredibly vulnerable. Have fun but be smart and limit your drinks.
Try menstrual cups. Dealing with your period while traveling is a pain in the butt (especially on those long travel days) and these are a great option. Bring your own because they’re not common in many countries.
If you’ve never traveled alone, even for a short day trip, I highly suggest it! Take advantage of your freedom and relish the time you have for yourself! Have fun as a solo female traveler, it can really give you an eye-opening experience and help you embrace the eager traveler inside you.
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