Solo female traveling is becoming bigger with each passing year. Although not exactly a trend, but rather a personal choice, going solo on a lengthy trip, especially to Asian countries, still shocks most people, both male and female. How many of you have gone on a solo trip to a foreign country and got the usual ‘wow, you are so brave’ comment? I bet most of you, if not all. It is still considered dangerous for women to venture out ‘into the wild’ all alone as if the world was full of predators. Nevertheless, traveling alone requires certain skills and there are things you should think about while on the go. Here are 10 best travel tips from female solo travelers that will help you on your journey.
Get yourselfprepared for the new place you’re visiting. Staying connected andonline can make all the difference – a local Sim-card will not onlygive you access to the Internet with its messengers and online maps,but also safe taxis (like Uber), online ticket booking, and emergencycalls if you happen to get in trouble. For those of you who lovetrekking solo – invest in a satellite GPS phone that will keep youconnected even without the cellular service. Buy a topographical mapbefore you go on a trip to get familiar with the area.
Always trustyour gut
Women have amazing intuition and should use it fully on a trip. While traveling, you will meet all kinds of people and visit various places. Not always the meet-ups are planned and the places are well-lit. If you don’t feel comfortable about something – skip that alley, ditch the suspicious stranger, excuse yourself from a shady party. In other words, do what your gut tells you to! If it’s right, you’ll avoid a bad situation, and if it’s wrong – you’ll miss on some experience, but you’ll be safe and sound in the end.
After all, thisis what travelling is all about, right? Other countries are likeother planets with cultures different from yours, where beautifulunusual languages are spoken and customs are practiced like you’venever ever seen before. Interacting with the locals is the only wayto really get to know the culture of the country you’re visiting.You should also interact with other travellers as you might find alike-minded travel companion or even a friend for a lifetime.
Seek pro helpfor a breathtaking experience
Tour companiesare not all about crowded travels – they can do female solo trips,too! If you are seeking an individualized experience with a twist(like learn photo while you’re at it or learn to cook local food)you might as well seek some pro help that will prepare a planned tripthat will meet all your specific needs. You can also join women-onlygroups to meet like-minded companions and potential friends.Companies like Damesly and Wild Women Expeditions will help you withthat.
Try living ina hostel
Hotels might offer you comfort, but they will always give you limited options in terms of experience. Hostels, on the other hand, are a backpacker’s paradise because they’re packed with like-minded people, info about the place, and useful contacts. Owners usually know a thing or two about local attractions and can point them out, while friendly travelers will offer their own experience and advice. Not only can you make friends there, but also find travel companions and get all the info about the place you are going, including prices, hotels, and local guides if you need them. Hostels also come in all shapes and sizes, so you’ll be pretty comfortable there, too.
Mix traveling with your favorite hobby
While on a solotrip you should be prepared that most of the time you will bespending alone (duh). Whether it’s a few hours on a train or apeaceful evening in a hotel, you’ll have plenty of downtime thatcan be used to try new things or continue doing those you alreadylove. Photography, painting, sketching, writing a journal – allthese activities will enrich your travelling experience and make yourjourney unforgettable.