The world is a book, and you are not here to just read a page. Women have arrived on Mars, and exploring the world is a lot like working with your pinky finger. But solo travel for women isn’t all as rosy as it looks in the pictures. There are things that will go wrong, you will meet strangers who may be looking for an opportunity to scam you, and You may lose your luggage or money. The truth is, no amount of planning can guarantee a 100 percent safe trip. But that’s part of the adventure – an adventure you must embark on!
Good plan, stick to the below Safety tips for solo travelersStay alert all the time and have a crazy time exploring the world on your own.
before you go
1. Know where to go
Find the safest place in the world for female travelers, then shut down. Even the safest country in the world has a few notorious corners. So visit the travel bloggers who have visited the place, ask their advice, and read the forums to get a better picture.
2. Where you will be staying
Now that you have your destination sorted you need to research all the safest accommodations for single ladies. How do you know if your hotel/lodge/Airbnb/resort is safe? Well, the prerequisites are:
location: Ensure that the location of the hotel is not too isolated and that it is safe. Also, it should be close to any of the tourist hubs in the city/country.
protection: 24 hour reception and cctv monitoring are the main things you should look out for
3. Learn basic words of the local language
Google is a blessing. Knowing the local language makes communication easy, and this will be the key to knowing what people are talking about around you. It also makes things a hundred times easier in case of an emergency.
NB: If you want to connect with other female travelers around the world, check out Pink Pangea, The Travelettes, and She’s Wanderful.
4. Make friends with the locals
Social media is a great tool. Get in touch with some local on the internet to learn about the destination, culture, local markets, etc.
5. Know your transportation
Because you don’t want to stumble onto a darkened train coach in the middle of the night and spend the night terrified! Even if you’re traveling domestically, you’ll want to be assured of the safest option for travel.
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6. Travel insurance is a must
This is for your security not as a female, but as a person.
7. Share your plan with your family
Share your detailed travel plan with your parents, spouse and close friends. They must have a fair idea of what part of the world it will be on any given date. Some distractions can change that, but mobile communications can take care of that.
8. Create a backup of your important documents and save all emergency numbers on the cloud
Scan all your important documents such as passport, hotel reservation receipt, ID cards, tickets, etc. Keeping them online keeps them safe as well as easily accessible.
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9. Find accessories and apps that will make things easier
Find apps and accessories that will be your companions on your journey. There are accessories like Slot Flops – slippers with pockets for money and cards, Gogirl and Urinelle (pictured above) – urination devices for women – and apps like Duolingo (a language learning app) and City to Go (offline maps that let you pin all the locations you plan to visit ).
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10. Pack light and pack right
First, you won’t find porters at all times. Secondly, if someone tries to chase you will have a hard time running around with excess baggage.
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11. Keep your money in different places
You will need money of course! But keep the cash in different places, so that you have a backup in case of theft or loss.
12. Learn martial arts
For female solo female travelers, some martial arts moves will always come in handy. If you are into martial arts, well and good. In case you are not, join your nearest self-defense class now!
On the road: Go with the flow
13. Keep your luggage with you…
…even in the shower. Don’t leave it hanging outside, for someone to take home.
14. Come on, come on, turn on the GPS
Once in your taxi to get to the hotel, turn on the GPS to track the route you are supposed to take and the route your driver is actually taking.
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15. Befriend the female staff at the hotel
Wherever you go, be sure to strike up a conversation with the female staff. Ask them about the safest places, the best hours to go out, the closest places to have fun, and everything else you need to know.
16. Ride into the cab and fake a call
Playing psychological games can turn things in your favor. Every time you get into a taxi, imagine that you are telling someone where you are.
17. Dress like the locals
As a visitor you must respect the local culture. If you know it is a somewhat orthodox nation, dress accordingly. Dressing like a local also helps you blend in with the crowd, and keeps you from unwanted attention.
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18. Watch your drinks
Getting upset when you’re alone and out in an unfamiliar place is never a good idea.
19. If you are the victim of any crime, go to the police station and keep a copy of the report with you. It will be required at the time of the insurance claim.
20. Go with the flow, but always be on the alert
You can surf the internet and get thousands of tips that will scare you more than prepare you for the vacation of your dreams. Don’t stress about everything and take it easy. Just stay sober and have the time of your life.
Solo travel is great for women. As great as it is for any hiker. So keep your spirits high, plan your trip well, pay attention to what single women from all over the world are saying, and you’re good to go. Remember, planning well and staying alert is the mantra.
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