It is said especially for women that safety is a big issue which I agree and also disagree with at the same time. Agree in a way that yes it is a matter of utmost importance but disagree if it discourages you to step out of your comfort zone and explore the world. I believe that safety lies in the hands of the traveler themselves. It is entirely dependent on the choices they make and actions they take. With that being said, there are a few general rules that apply to everyone to ensure their journey to anywhere in the world was a safe one and free of any unwanted hassles. This article will give you an insight into a few such Safety Tips for Solo Female Travelers.
I once read somewhere that Traveling alone offers the chance to test the limits of what you think you know about yourself, and I completely agree with it; even more so when it is in reference to a woman traveling alone. So if you wanted to go travel and see what’s out there but hesitant to do so alone, then my answer to you is to throw out any doubts. The world outside of your limits and reaches is a beautiful one that you must experience. Just follow a few simple rules of safety that I have mentioned below and you will be OK.
What is solo traveling?
Solo traveling means exclusively traveling alone with all necessary arrangement done by you. Solo traveling has become like a fashion and hobby these days. It is no longer necessary that you got to have a friend or family member accompanying you anymore. A lot of people would rather prefer to travel solo than with someone. All that you need now is some time, a destination in mind, a plan to get there and a well laid out itinerary.
Also Read: How to make Friends while Traveling Solo
Why do we need to travel solo?
First and foremost it is not a necessity that we need to travel alone. For male travelers, it is very simple to travel alone or in a group; but when it comes to a female traveler, the so-called taboo of traveling alone stands out prominently shunning the capability of a female traveler.
As a female traveler, I suggest that all female enthusiasts should give it a try to understand the ‘Self’ better. To discover the potentiality and make yourself confident, you should try traveling alone at least once. It will not only help you to boost your personality, but also somehow you will know more about yourself including your strengths and challenges.
How to travel safely alone as a Woman?
The preparation is everything when it comes to solo traveling. There are few things which we need to prepare for before starting the journey.
Make sure that wherever you are going you are aware of that place. The basic research is very important for a solo female traveler. You should jot down the transport facility, timing of public transport and names of the places and hotels. Have a basic idea about the local culture which will help you to understand about the food habits, clothing, and modes of communication.
Say yes for a social accommodation
This probably is the most important factor. For a female solo traveler, accommodation must also be a question of safety and not just comfort. You got to choose your place of stay wisely. Do not be at a lonely, remote or a shady looking place just because you were on a budget and it was costing you less. Choose a place in a well-populated location and if possible, read about the place online before you book your stay there.
Try to dress like Local
I agree that what I am about to say is highly debatable but to me, the whole concept of “a girl should be able to dress anyway she wishes” does not work in real world. If you want to play safe, you got to be very careful about the place and the time and dress accordingly. Do some research about the place you are going to before traveling. For example, If the locality demands a full sleeve cloth then that is how you should dress. Or if the demand is to cover your hair then do that willingly. There is no harm in respecting other people’s faiths and customs. In the end, you do not want to attract any unwanted attention or to get frowned upon at the least. It is all about show respect to get respect.
Do not act limitless
It is very important to have control of your behavior. This can help in a successful trip or else things may just fall apart. Do not go all crazy getting drunk at unknown bars or trying to click selfies at tricky spots. Do not venture out on trails through the jungle all by yourself. That is just inviting trouble. You should act responsibly. After all, your safety is in your own hands. Having fun and testing your limits is all right but do you really want to throw caution to the wind completely? Getting drunk while traveling alone is anyways not a good idea irrespective of whether you were a guy or a girl.
Do not disclose your address and personal details
While traveling, you are bound to meet new and different people. That is after all one of the very purposes of traveling solo. Some of these people you will find to be very interesting and easy going. So much that you would, in fact, want to spend more time with them. But it does not mean for you to feel free about sharing your personal details like your phone number, where you were staying, and most importantly, the fact that you were traveling all by yourself. Not just a girl, this puts even guys at risk of getting robbed.
There are many advance applications which can help you in some sticky situation. Always share your location with your friend and family to keep a record. Check the website for better understanding.
Do not tell anyone that you were Alone
If asked whether you were traveling solo or with a group, your response should always be that you were with a group. Come up with an excuse about why you were alone at that very moment but do not tell anyone willingly that you were a solo traveler. I was once on a trip alone and ran into this girl who I could tell was also traveling all by herself. I asked her if she was alone and she lied right on my face saying that she was traveling with a group. A few days later, I ran into her again. We got talking and that is when she told me that she was a solo traveler. When I asked her why she lied the first time, she just shrugged her shoulders and said, “You can never be too careful, can you?”. I agreed.
Do not Disclose the name of the Hotel
No matter what, do not tell anyone about the hotel you were staying at. If asked, just excuse yourself politely from answering that question. If you have to meet someone, do not invite them to your hotel. Instead, meet in a restaurant or some other public place with plenty of people around.
Able to read the situation
The most important thing is to understand the situation and trust your instinct. If you feel any discomfort or scruple in the situation, get the hell out of there at any cost. Act maturely and always be mentally strong to face challenges.
And that pretty much is it. Is solo traveling worth it? The answer is a definite yes. Should you try? You must at least once and then there would be no stopping you. I hope the information above on safety tips for solo female travelers was of help. If you have any questions; or need any other details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.