Sun, beaches, and plenty of amazing memories – could you imagine anything better than getting to travel the world? Better yet, what about if you could take the big, brave steps on your own? No longer are you confined by the tie of what your friends want to do. You’re a lone woman who can come and go as she pleases. However, there are some things solo female travelers should know before embarking on their adventure if a lifetime.
It’s best to make friends
The chances are if you’ve headed off around the world on your own then you want some space. That’s great and all, but it’s best not to distance yourself from the rest of the world too much. Staying in hostels or hotels gives a great chance to meet other people all in the same boat, and there’s no harm in getting closer to these strangers. Not only will you have someone there in case of an emergency, but your new friends can also be people to talk to and learn from on your adventures.
Little lies never hurt
We know, we know – you shouldn’t lie to people. But sometimes it can be the best way to keep yourself safe while abroad, especially as a solo female traveler. Be careful not to share too many personal details with people about where you are going on your journey. You don’t even have to tell them you are traveling alone either. If you want to take it one step further, a fake wedding ring could help keep away any unwanted attention when out and about.
Grab those photos
Whether you have a camera with a super-duper zoom lens or make do with your smartphone, pictures of your travels are one of the many ways you can share your experiences with loved ones back home. Although it’s great to see the world through your eyes, where are you in any of the photos? Don’t be afraid to ask a stranger to take your picture, especially if they are already getting the best angles with their own device. Just trust your gut when it comes to asking a favor.
Try and blend in
Sure, sometimes you will look like the tourist you are. That doesn’t mean you have to walk around in a flap with your giant map taking up half the sidewalk as you try and figure out where you are in the world. Planning where you are going before heading out the door could avoid any awkward fumbling, which, in turn, makes you less of a target for any pickpockets working in the area. Plus, you’ll be more distracted with your nose in your phone or map. Try to walk with confidence and take in the scenery.
We admit we have been guilty of taking one (or five) too many pairs of shoes on our adventures over the years, but one extra never hurt, right? Well, it’s not too bad when you’re jetting off to a resort and have helping hands to help with all the baggage. However, when you’re a solo female traveler, the chances are you’ll be moving around from place to place. Plus, you’ll be in charge of carrying all your stuff yourself. Packing the essentials should help avoid anything getting lost, as well as the dreaded shoulder ache from the straps on the bag.
Traveling alone can be a major step for anyone looking to get out and see the world. Plus, when you are a solo female traveler, there are a few extra things you should know before you embark on your journey. Now it’s just time to sit back and continue planning the rest of your trip!