10 Tips for the Female Traveler: Going Solo

(Photo of me in Baosici, Montenegro) Since March is Women's History Month, I have decided that I would dedicate a post a week for ...

(Photo of me in Baosici, Montenegro)

Since March is Women's History Month, I have decided that I would dedicate a post a week for the month of March to female travelers. To start, I will give you ladies some tips on traveling alone. Now, although I haven't ever done true solo traveling to any of the places I have visited, I did find my self alone several times. And quite honestly, being alone while traveling can be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of your whole journey. My goal is to go somewhere alone, but I have not found the motivation to do so just yet. 

So what do you need to know if you want to travel alone?

1. Get to know your destination before you leave

This tip goes for female and male travelers alike. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with your destination, whether that be a few cities away from your hometown, or several thousand kilometers away from your home country, you should read up on what to expect at your destination. Read about areas you should not visit. 

2. Read up on the local laws 

Although women enjoy many freedoms in many places around the world, there are still countries that practice traditional laws such as the Sharia law which prohibit women from driving, traveling alone, or going out in public without a male relative or a group of other women. To some of you that may sound ludicrous, but it is important to respect the local laws to not get yourself in any kind of trouble. 

3. Listen to your gut 

You know when you get that icky feeling in your stomach because of a situation you are in that you sometimes can't explain but know something doesn't feel right? Listen to that gut instinct! Don't take risks with your safety. If you are feeling paranoid about a certain situation, examine your surroundings and find a safe place where you can go. 

4. Leave your itinerary with someone back home

If you are traveling alone, both male or female, it is important to keep your loved ones back home in the loop of where you are going and what you are doing. This may seem like a bit much, but it is important that someone else knows about your whereabouts just in case an unfortunate event occurs. Sending a quick text to a loved one will give them a peace of mind and will make you feel a bit better as well. 

5. Don't share too much personal information with people you just met 

While you are alone you will surely miss  having some sort of companionship. It is natural to get excited when you meet someone new, especially someone you get along with. But be cautious. Always be cautious. Don't divulge too much of your personal information. Although the person might seem nice, sweet, and innocent, you are in a foreign place all alone. Do not put yourself at risk of anything. 

6. Register with your country's local embassy or consulate if traveling outside of your home country

This is an important one, and often one point that people forget when traveling. You never know what could happen while you are away, and quite likely nothing will even happen, but to be on the safe side, be sure to register yourself so in case of a natural disaster or some other unfortunate event, your government can help you if need be. 

7. Take note of local women 

If you are going to a place you have never been to before, and especially one that is different from your culture, be sure to take note of the local women. Pay attention to factors like how they dress, their mannerisms, and how they travel (alone, in a group, etc.). This will help you blend in and not attract any unwanted attention. 

8. Wear a wedding ring

This is a tip I have heard often, but have never tried. In some countries, women are advised to wear wedding rings, both fake or real, in order to deter unwanted male attention. Might be a good idea to carry a picture of your husband or imaginary husband in case some idiot asks. Hey...people are weird, and persistent creepy men need to be shut down whenever possible!

9. Be careful of male suitors 

Time and time again I have read and heard horror stories of women (and men) who got scammed by a potential suitor while abroad. Be careful of the countries you travel to. Reality is, in many countries, even in some Western countries, people look for ways to escape to somewhere new and will take great lengths in courting someone for the sole purpose of moving away. Now some of you who know me or who follow my blog on the regular know that I fell in love and moved abroad. I also fell in love with a childhood friend who I have known for over 20 years. I am not saying avoid it at all costs, but be sure to use your head and listen to that gut. 

10. Don't be an idiot

Don't put yourself in uncomfortable situations (unless that is your thing). Don't go shouting from every rooftop that you are there alone. No one needs to know that. Be careful of where you go and what you do. Don't allow some idiotic decision ruin your trip. After all, your solo trip should be fun and adventurous not one big headache. 

Are there any tips you would add? I would love to hear them in the comments below!

Happy and Safe Travels Ladies!


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