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17 Tips On How To Stay Safe While Traveling Solo

Traveling solo, especially 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.

It 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.

After traveling on my own in China, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Australia, South Korea and Singapore, I’ve learned a lot about what’s important to keep in mind when traveling alone.

To make sure you are fully prepared for your solo travel, I’ve compelled this list with 17 solo travel tips for you.

How to stay safe while traveling solo

So, what is important to keep in mind while traveling solo? Here are a few tips for your next solo travel adventures.

1. Do your research beforehand

It’s 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

Always make sure to arrive in a new place in the morning or in the afternoon while traveling solo. In this way, you’re more aware of my surroundings, and you won’t feel as much anxiety when arriving somewhere you 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’s 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.

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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’s 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’s very helpful to always know the emergency phone number of the country you’re in off by heart. If you ever find yourself in a situation where this is needed, you will know what number to call.

6. Have a copy of your passport with you

The situation might occur that your passport is stolen or that you have lost your passport. You probably need to head over to the Embassy of your country.

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’s 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.

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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, it’s best to first stay in a hostel. You’ll find lots of great hostels on Hostel World or Booking.com.

If you don’t want to stay in a party hostel, make sure to have a look at the reviews to see what kind of hostel you are booking, as this can really make or break 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’ve dined in restaurants on my own many times. Instead of viewing this as awkward, I find happiness in peacefully sitting by myself.

11. Bring a book to a restaurant

If it’s 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 don’t like reading, you could also bring your laptop with you during a lunch or a breakfast at a café.

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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. I also encourage you to not bring too much luggage, as it will be a lot easier to move around when you have minimalistic luggage with you.

17. Enjoy

Finally, and most importantly, enjoy your travels! Don’t waste your time away worrying or thinking about that you’re alone. Instead, be proud of yourself that you’re traveling solo and have fun while exploring a new country.

In conclusion

Traveling solo can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time. It’s always good to keep a few tips in mind on how to stay safe during your solo travels. From choosing a busier route to wearing a wedding ring, there are many important and different tips that will make you feel a bit safer.

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!

Away with Danae

Solo Female Travel Australia

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