Traveling solo as a woman can be very empowering and can really give your confidence a boost. As you travel solo, you will learn how to be completely dependent on yourself. If you face a problem during your travels, you will be the first person you will have to turn to to solve it.
Traveling solo will open a whole new world for you: from meeting people from all over the world to seeing sights more beautiful than you could have ever imagined.
To make sure you are fully prepared for your solo female travel, I have compelled a list with 17 solo female travel tips for you:
1. Do your research beforehand
It is important to research the place and the country you are staying in before you will stay there. Learn more about safety in the country, but also about its local dress codes. While you are researching, also book your first night of accommodation. This will save you the stress of having to look for a place to stay after arriving in a new country.
2. Arrive in the morning/afternoon
I always make sure to arrive in a new place in the morning or in the afternoon while I am travelling solo. In this way, I am more aware of my surroundings, and I don’t feel anxious about arriving somewhere I don’t know in the dark.
3. Take the busier/more crowded route
If you are in public and someone makes you feel uncomfortable, it can be a good idea to choose to move to a place or road which is more crowded. This will be better for your safety and may discourage the other person from behaving in a way which makes you uncomfortable.
4. Always trust your gut
Not all people have good intentions. If a situation does not feel safe but you are not sure why you feel this way, always trust your gut. Your subconsciousness may have picked up on signs that you’re not yet consciously aware of, nevertheless it is important to listen to how a certain situation makes you feel. Don’t doubt yourself but make sure to listen to yourself.
5. Learn the emergency phone number
If you are traveling solo, especially as a woman, it can be very helpful to always know the emergency phone number of the country you are in off by heart. If you every find yourself in a situation where this is needed, you will know what number to call.
6. Have a copy of your passport
The situation might occur that your passport is stolen or that you have lost your passport. In this case it can be extremely helpful to have a copy of your passport by hand and in your phone. Therefore, before you travel solo, make sure to make a copy of your passport.
7. Keep in touch
It is always a good idea to let family members or friends know where you are and where you are heading. This does not mean you have to call your friends and family each moment of the day. Keeping in touch now and then and letting people know what your plans are can be essential for your own safety and will make your loved ones more relaxed about your solo travels.
8. Download maps.me
To make life a little easier while traveling solo abroad, download the offline maps of maps.me and you will be able to navigate without Wi-Fi and data.
9. Stay in a hostel to meet new people
If you want to meet new people, I recommend to first stay in a hostel. I mostly book my hostels via Hostelworld.com. If you do not want to stay in a party hostel, make sure to have a look at what kind of hostel you are booking, as this can really break or make your stay.
10. Accept being alone
A great part of traveling solo is that you will meet a bunch of new people. However, don’t expect to always be surrounded by (like-minded) people and accept beforehand that you will encounter times where you will be alone. Try to not see this as a problem, but rather as a chance to reconnect with yourself. During my solo travels, I have dined in restaurants many times on my own. Instead of viewing this as awkward, I find happiness in peacefully sitting by myself.
11. Bring a book to a restaurant
If it is your first time to dine by yourself or if you still find it a bit awkward to dine solo at a restaurant, bring a good book to a restaurant and you will never be alone. If you do not like reading, you could also bring your laptop with you during a lunch or a breakfast at a café.
12. Wear a wedding ring
This may sound a bit over exaggerating, but it can always be helpful to wear a wedding ring (or a ring on your ‘’wedding ring’’ finger) while you are traveling solo. Regardless of whether you are married or not, this will diminish the amount of unwanted attention you will get.
13. Call a friend
If you feel lonely, remember that there is a whole online world out there. A familiar voice can do a whole lot of good when you are feeling alone.
14. Go on a free walking tour
A great way to meet new people or to explore a new city, can be to sign up for a free walking tour.
15. Write in a journal
You might think you will remember everything, but with all these new experiences you will encounter, you probably won’t! Take a small notebook with you and now and then write in your journal about your travels. What did you do on a particular day, who did you meet, how did you feel?
16. Keep your own medical kit
During your solo female travel you will not only learn how to be more independent, but you will also learn how to take care of yourself. This also includes times when you are sick. Therefore, it is important that you have your own medical kit in your luggage.
Finally, and most importantly, enjoy your travels! If you are looking for more information on female solo travel, have a look at my other articles on solo travel as well! And if you have any questions or if you ever need any advice, don’t hesitate to contact me as I would be happy to help 🙂
Have you ever traveled solo or are you thinking of traveling solo? Please let me know in the comments!
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