I’ve spent the last few years traveling the world solo, and along the way, I’ve gathered some tips and tricks that have made my journey smoother and more enjoyable.
I know when I first decided to start solo travelling, it wasn’t always an easy road. I had my own fears and doubts, but I also had that burning desire to explore the world and discover new cultures, foods, and landscapes.
So i did.
Why Solo Female Travel?
First, let me tell you why I decided to travel solo, i was I tired of waiting for friends or a partner to join me on my trip.
But even more than that, I realized that solo travel truly teaches you about independence and self-reliance.
You’re in the driver’s seat of your own journey and it’s honestly such a liberating feeling.
“Isn’t it lonely?” or “Isn’t it dangerous?”
I’ll tackle these concerns and more throughout this guide.
Trust me, solo female travel is not as hard as it may seem.
Preparing for Your Solo Trip
Research Your Destination
Before packing your bags and booking a one-way ticket, research your destination thoroughly.
Find out about the local customs, culture, weather, and safety considerations.
Personally, I love using Lonely Planet and the Nomadic Matt travel blog as they provide great insights from experienced travelers.
Choosing the Right Accommodation
As a solo female traveler, safety is always my top priority.
I highly recommend using platforms like Airbnb, Hostelworld, and Booking.com to find accommodations with good reviews, a safe location, and amenities like in-room safes and lockers.
Booking female-only dorms in hostels or private rooms in well-reviewed accommodations will make you feel more secure.
Pack Light and Smart
Trust me, lugging a massive suitcase through crowded streets or on public transportation is no fun.
I’ve learned the hard way that it’s best to pack light and focus on versatile items that can be mixed, matched, and worn in various situations.
Check out my ultimate packing list for female travelers to get an idea of what essentials to bring along.
Get Travel Insurance
Nobody wants to think about accidents, illness, or lost luggage, but these things can happen.
I always make sure to have travel insurance. World Nomads and SafetyWing are two reliable options that provide comprehensive coverage at reasonable prices.
Tips for Staying Safe on Your Solo Adventure
Trust Your Instincts
In my years of solo travel, I’ve learned one crucial lesson: trust your instincts. If something feels off – a person, a place, or a situation – listen to your gut. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
There’s no harm in walking away from something that doesn’t feel right.
Always keep your phone charged and invest in a good international SIM card or a portable Wi-Fi device.
Apps like WhatsApp, Google Maps, and Uber can be lifesavers in unfamiliar places.
And don’t forget to share your itinerary with someone you trust back home.
It’s reassuring to know that someone knows where you are and can check in if needed.
Blend In with the Locals
One of the best tips I can give you is to try and blend in as much as possible.
Avoid wearing flashy jewelry or clothes that scream “tourist.” Not only does this help you avoid unwanted attention, but it also gives you a more authentic experience of the place you’re visiting.
Be Mindful of Your Belongings
Always keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded places like markets or public transport.
A cross-body bag that you can keep in front of you is ideal.
Also, consider using anti-theft bags or money belts for extra security.
Navigating Social Situations
Making Friends While Traveling Solo
Traveling alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. Hostel common rooms, walking tours, and travel meetups are great places to meet fellow travelers.
I’ve made some lifelong friends on my trip.
Handling Unwanted Attention,
Unfortunately, solo female travelers sometimes attract unwanted attention. In such situations, having a fake wedding ring can deter unwelcome advances.
Learning to say “no, thank you” firmly in the local language is also useful.
Exploring with Confidence; Sightseeing and Exploring
Don’t be afraid to explore!
Plan your routes during the daytime, and try to be back at your accommodation by nightfall, especially in unfamiliar areas.
Joining group tours can be a fun and safe way to see the sights.
Eating Out Alone
Dining alone can feel awkward at first, but it’s a wonderful way to enjoy local cuisine. Bring a book or journal with you, or sit at the bar where you can chat with the staff or other patrons.
Staying Healthy and Happy
Maintain a Healthy Routine
Travel can disrupt your routine, but try to maintain a balance. Drink plenty of water, eat healthily, and get enough sleep.
Keeping up with some form of exercise, be it yoga or just long walks, helps both your physical and mental health.
Embrace the Journey
Finally, remember to embrace every moment of your solo travel journey.
The challenges, the surprises, and the joys, it’s all part of the incredible experience of discovering the world and yourself.
Packing Essentials for the Solo Female Traveler
As I began to travel more, I’ve learned some essential packing tips to make life on the road easier.
Here are my tried-and-tested tips for every solo female traveler (don’t forget to make a list!):
- A comfortable, safe, and functional backpack or suitcase with compartments for organization
- Pickpocket-proof clothing with hidden pockets to keep your money and documents safe
- A portable charger and universal power adapter for your gadgets
- A light and easy-to-carry self-defense item, like a whistle or personal alarm
- Toiletries in travel-sized bottles, including eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner bars
- A reusable water bottle and a compact travel mug for your morning coffee
- Comfortable walking shoes and a stylish, yet practical outfit for any occasion
- A versatile travel scarf that can transition from a shawl to a blanket for those chilly nights
Don’t forget that less is more when it comes to packing for solo travel.
Opt for a minimalist approach, and believe me; your back (and sanity) will thank you!
If there’s one thing i hope you’ve taken away from this guide, it’s that solo female travel is an incredible and empowering experience.
It opens our minds to new cultures, people, and adventures and encourages deep self-reflection and growth.
The world is out there, just waiting to change you in ways you never thought possible.