Being a solo female traveller can be intimidating. Even more so if this is your first trip away. Don’t let your fears stop you from doing what you want to do. Follow these tips so you can feel and stay safe on the road while being alone!
- Dress appropriately
One of the most important things is to dress like the locals would. Don’t prance around in a bikini if it’s a country where the woman don’t show their shoulders and legs. Be logical and dress appropriately to the culture. A top tip: Always take a sarong or scarf with you when you’re travelling. If you are arrive somewhere and feel uncomfortable, you can quickly whip that out of your bag and put it around your shoulders or head if you feel like people are looking at you. You can also use it as a picnic blanket, beach blanket or a skirt! Win, win!
Don’t listen to the media (to a point)
I get so angry at the media sometimes. They portray certain countries as wildly unsafe when in real life they are not. All the media focuses on is the bad. Listen to the news and compare how many negative stories there are compared to positive. You will soon see that all stories are portrayed in a negative way. In saying that you do need to listen to what is happening around the world to some degree to know what is happening with countries governments and politics. Instead, I suggest you ask around what other peoples experiences were and search for blogs of people that have been to the country and can give you a real opinion. Ask the travel agents about any alerts they may have on the country you are thinking of going to as well. Usually, your own countries government website will be able to tell you if there is certain places that are deemed unsafe.
- Be confident but not cocky
Confidence goes along way. Don’t act like you’re a push over and people won’t harass you. Put your head high and don’t look so scared. You may stick out too much if you start shaking and crying! At the same time don’t act cocky because that will get you nowhere and probably into further trouble!
- Research and read up on customs
One of the MOST important tips is to research. You can never research too little when it comes to travel. My favourite is the Lonely Planet Guides, they are fantastic for telling you about the customs and what you should and shouldn’t do etc. Another great place is Trip Advisor. If you didn’t know already you can look in their forums and ask questions for people to answer. You can learn a lot off other people so don’t be scared to ask around for advice.
- Watch your body language
In every culture people have different body language. Like mentioned above, research is the best thing you can do here to learn about what you should and shouldn’t do. For example a simple smile or staring at an Indian man can mean something totally different from the western world. It can get confusing but don’t be afraid to ask the locals about their culture as well, you will learn a lot!
- Don’t get uncontrollably drunk
If you want to go out then make sure you do it with people you trust. Don’t get so drunk you can’t remember where you are staying. Always makes sure your drink is right in front of you and you can see it at all times. You do not want to get drugged, trust me it’s not nice. It happened to me in the middle of London.
- Your gut feeling is your warning sign!
Listen to your gut, as they say! Your body will tell you when you need to get out of a certain situation. Your gut might tell you this or your head might tell you this. I usually get an overwhelming feeling of butterflies in my stomach and feel like I’m going to throw up everywhere. Listen to what your head and body is trying to tell you and if you get that feeling, get out now!
- Don’t be naïve and trust someone too quickly
Don’t think that everyone is a good person because there are a lot of bad people out there. Like on the movie “Taken”, don’t be naïve and let someone share a taxi ride to your house, that’s just stupid. You can never question someone too much because your safety is the most important thing when you’re travelling alone. Don’t tell anybody where you staying, and if a dodgy fella asks you if you have a boyfriend and you feel uncomfortable , then it’s okay to tell a white lie and say he’s just over there and you have got to go meet him. Put a wedding ring on if necessary, just do what you’ve got to do to be safe.
So, there’s your mini-guide for women travelling solo. I have so many more tips to share with you so make sure you sign up to my newsletter to get more great advice, tips and tricks! Plus you get a free E-product! If you’re looking for accommodation then check out Hostelworld and Booking.com. I also use Agoda, they have amazing deals especially in Asia!