How to Travel Alone Safely – A Women’s Guide
I feel that in the last years, more and more people started to travel the world, doing that with friends or even without them. The goal is just to roam around, discovering new places, getting to know other cultures, experimenting different activities that some countries may have. Both men and women choose to travel solo for different reasons. Personally, I do it because it’s easier to organize myself to go and visit exactly what I want, unlike in a group where some of us might not agree on everything.
In this article, I will write about how to travel alone safely, like a woman, explaining the differences between group and solo traveling, as well as giving you the insights of what to do and not do, how to act and how people usually react to strangers.
Group vs. Solo
Both group traveling and solo traveling are good, now it just depends on what exactly you like. Let’s analyze each option below.
- coordination – make sure each member of the group is on the same page
- safety – you can rely on your friends if anything happens
- discounts – some museums have group discount tickets
- photography – have someone to take photos for you
- bonding – you’ll get to know your friends better
- freedom – explore what you want at any time
- hostels – meet a lot of new people if you choose to stay at a hostel
- awareness – notice everything happening around you
- confidence – it will definitely build up your confidence
- no comfort zone – get out of it
If you are a solo traveler, let’s move further and see how you can make the best of your travels. I suppose you are reading my article because you are worried about going in your trip alone. You need to stop worrying now and read what I have for you.
Every region has its own ups and downs, but if you want to know the risk factors for a specific country, you will find a very good analyzer here. You’ll just need to type your future location and you will find out the medical, security or road safety risks. You can find a more detailed profile for each country here, including all vaccinations that you might need to do or what is the crime level there.
Of course, make sure you are up to date with the news, because even with the two useful websites that I gave you, there can be unpredictable scenarios and you need to be prepared for anything.
Everywhere you go, you will need to dress properly for your destination and the places you want to visit! There are a lot of cultures and differences and in some countries you can dress however you want but others are more conservative and even strict when it comes to how a woman should dress.
I will list some interesting facts below, but you should always research the dress code for your specific location. My advice is, try to dress like a local for two reasons: you will feel local and you will not be seen like a tourist which will help you enjoy your trip more. Here are some examples:
- India is more conservative – you can dress normally but avoid miniskirts and too much cleavage.
- Dubai is conservative but not too strict with tourists – stay covered from your shoulders to your knees and make sure your outfit is not too tight; there is no need to cover your hair like a tourist except when visiting Mosques.
- In Mongolia there is no special dress code, although you should avoid revealing clothes when going to the country side.
Also, you need to make a difference between daily tourist activities, that can involve visiting religious sites, and night-life, when you go out to party.
Do you have any other tips? Let me know in the comment section!
How to Act
Make sure you read about your future location! Be aware of culture differences, local traditions and so on. There is a high chance that when you go in a completely different environment, some gestures that you are familiar with may mean something else for the locals, maybe something offensive. Let’s see some examples:
- In certain parts of Middle East, the “thumbs up” sign is offensive.
- The “OK” sign has multiple meanings – can mean “money” in Japan, “zero” in France or implying that someone is homosexual in Turkey.
- The “rock and roll” sign might be offensive in Spain.
In order to make sure you act properly, make sure you research your destination, as you want to respect the culture wherever you go. After all, the goal in traveling is discovering and embracing the new cultures that you find.
What other signs that can be misunderstood do you know? You can let me know in the comments!
People Are Friendly
Locals are usually friendly and helpful. Of course, it depends on the country, but in many cases, if you get lost, they will guide you to where you want to go.
When you’re staying in a hostel, you will make a lot of new friends because that’s the hostel spirit. People are very happy to share their experience with others. And don’t worry, they are safe! Personally, I love them and I’ve made friends in each one I’ve been.
When you explore the city, stay aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in big crowds. Pay attention to pickpocketers and take care of your things. Same advice for when you go out at night!
So, dear, do not worry about traveling alone! Read about your destination, risk factors, people, dress code and you should be safe. Rely on yourself and you might find discover not just the new country, but yourself. You will finally realize that you are capable of everything and be more confident.
What’s your next destination? Let me know in the comment section!