Solo travel can be a daunting and intimidating task for females. Failure to find a travel partner should never stop you from exploring any part of the world you want to. Family and friends will always worry more about your safety. But in reality, when you step out in a different place, it is exactly like living and staying safe in your own city. The most important thing to carry with you is common sense. Be positive and do not presume everybody out there is coming to get you.
❝ Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.❞ – Robert Kiyosaki.
Below are mentioned a few tips that will help you ace that solo travel for females.
1. Be confident, fake it till you make it!
Travelling solo scares most of us and to gain the confidence you must step out. It’s difficult, I know. It will come as you try and take calculated risks and find your own by yourself. Wandering around a place, looking lost or in confusion will attract unwanted attention. Try to look confident and walk as though you know where you’re going. If you ever do feel uncomfortable, use your best judgment, and seek help.
2. Research your destination, Google it!
You can travel better simply by understanding why you want to go where you want to go. Understanding your destination is important when it comes to planning what to do if something goes wrong. Research before you go—weather, local customs, dress codes, etiquette, etc. This will help you blend in and you will be less of a target. Make sure you know the basics of what to expect before you get off the plane or train.
Getting some basic information about common tourist scams and problems will help you in a long-run. Be more aware of the place you’re heading to.
3. Protect your cash and documents, keep ’em safe!
Keep your passport and other important documents secure. Have backup copies on you and at home with your trusted contact. It is also smart to keep your possessions within your reach at all times, key documents such as your passport, visa and wallet. Most people these days travel with a camera, a smartphone, and a tablet or laptop. Try and avoid flashing these around and only take them out of your pack when necessary.
4. Only pack what you need, avoid overpacking!
You’re going to save money and be more adjustable if you pack light. Most of the times you fill your luggage with things that will never be used when you are travelling solo or otherwise. Having a larger and heavier backpack can dampen your spirit to travel and explore more. It requires a bit more planning to have a collection that goes from hiking boots to high heels.
Pack only a few shirts, pants or dresses that you can mix and match with only a few accessories that will go with most of your items. Pack just two to three good pairs of shoes – a casual pair of sandals, a comfortable sneaker, and maybe an athletic shoe if your destination includes trekking! If you’re travelling to someplace cold, consider a pair of boots instead.
5. Travel during the day, with the sun!
It is a fact that more incidents happen at night than during the day so, if you are planning to undertake long journeys, try and travel mostly during the day. If you do have to take very long journeys, try using trusted transportation and get the information of the drivers.
Try using Uber. The app tracks the driver and you, keeping both of your information in the system. Although, avoid taking any bus, taxi or train during the night. It is better if you arrange your schedule in such a manner that you reach your destination during the day.
If you have to though, look for a private cabin or a coach that can be locked. It’s always helpful to plan on arriving at a destination during the daytime. If you ever do feel like you are followed by somebody or something feels off to you, pop in a hotel or restaurant. Someone there will speak English and will help you out.
6. Stay connected via social media, post it!
Letting others know where you are at what time when travelling can act as a safety blanket for you and the ones you care about. While you don’t have to check in with family or friends every day, it can be a good idea to regularly update some form of social media while on the road. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – stay connected to people who are worried about you.
You can also let others know of your travel plans. Email people a copy of your itinerary and let them know if there is any change in the plans! Solo travel for females is mostly the peace of your mind and others who love you and leaving a breadcrumb trail of where you are going will definitely help.
7. Stay connected to the locals
Local people who run a business on tourism and experts or guides who pinpoint locations which are safer for you travel to can be the best thing for you. In my general opinion, women help out women. When travelling solo, local women are often really helpful. When you meet these women, you will no longer be alone. Locals can give you a great idea of where to go and what to avoid and what is better than that for solo travel for females!
Not being able to speak their native language can put you in a disadvantage situation. Learning the basics of the language will help you connect with the common people and you won’t even get ripped off! Moreover, a lot of local people respect tourists who make genuine efforts to learn their language.
You will also help the local economy of the place. And in all honesty, I think the best crafts and masterpieces lay with the local people. So, buy local crafts, eat local food, stay in locally-owned accommodation so that the profits don’t leave the country.