The world can sometimes be a scary place, especially for solo female travelers with the itch to embark on a great adventure. As a woman, I’ve heard this warning a million times: when you’re alone, don’t stray too far from home. When I started my blog, my goal was to overcome my own fears and inspire other travel lovers to do the same.
Recently, one of my favorite female travel bloggers, Liz Carlson, also known as the Young Adventuress, wrote an insightful article on this very topic. In her post, “10 solo female travel tips from almost a decade of travel,” Liz shares her hard-learned lessons on how women can stay safe without sacrificing adventure. Her advice is based on her own experiences and includes common-sense tips that can be put to use whether you’re half way around the world or in your own backyard.
Be My Travel Muse, another popular blog, also featured a similar article, titled “31 safety tips for solo female travelers from the experts.” In it, author Kristin Addis shares a comprehensive list of safety tips she got from 30 solo female travel bloggers. Using direct quotes and personal anecdotes from these fearless women, Kristin delivers an easy to follow blueprint for safer solo travel.
Both of these articles feature a lot of very helpful advice, much of which can be categorized into three key lessons:
- Be a Local: Don’t make your self a target by standing out, looking lost, or by not respecting the culture of the people around you. Always remember: dress like a local, act like a local, and hang with the locals.
- Come Prepared: Pack the essentials, including a rape whistle and mosquito spray (as a substitute for pepper spray). Also, don’t forget to research the locale you’re visiting (e.g., is it safe to take a taxi after dark?) and always always always stay connected with friends and family back home.
- Trust Your Instincts: A woman’s intuition never lies, especially when her safety is at stake. Don’t assume that everyone’s out to get you, but if a situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
If you’re afraid of traveling alone, the most important advice to remember is to push beyond your boundaries and don’t allow that fear to stop you from packing a bag and embarking on your next great adventure.