There’s no doubt over the fact that travelling can be a life-changing experience. What happens though if you are a solo female traveller? Is it really safe to be on the road, all on your own? What are some of the most important things to know for your safety, so that you truly enjoy your time away?
We have gathered some of the best tips for you to know – so read on if you want to find out more.
Choose your destinations wisely
Bad things can happen wherever in the world you go – be it the USA, Western Europe or a remote village in Asia. However, it is worth taking the time to do some research before you actually book a ticket to a very remote location. Some of them are really safe, but travelling to places with high rates of criminality may not be a good idea if you don’t feel safe there. Do your homework and everything will be more than fine.
Don’t draw attention to yourself
Same as with any other type of tourist, drawing attention to yourself is not a great idea either. Dress clean and nice, but make sure you don’t wear anything too opulent (such as precious jewelry, for example). Also, try not to carry around too much cash – it makes you a target for pickpockets of all kinds. Enjoy your vacation, but make sure you don’t do anything that’s not according to the place’s cultural heritage. Also, try to stay away from big crowds and from hanging out at night alone – that’s not a safe thing to do regardless of whether you are in Berlin or Bali.
OK, this is not a safety tip per se. But it is a great thing to remember. As women, we tend to bring with us a lot of items we will probably never get to use while traveling. Not only is it more difficult to drag everything around, but it can be quite dangerous and expensive too.
Pack some basic necessities (such as a few clothes that can be easily combined with each other, towels, underwear, toiletries and basic makeup if you choose to wear it). Also, don’t forget to pack a pair of flip flops for the shower – that’s a truly nasty place to walk barefoot, really. Other than that, limit yourself to just one luggage and you will be more than fine.
Budget, but be wise about it
Budget travelling can get you to amazing places for little money – which is a great deal. However, you should never, ever compromise on your safety. Choose a decent place to stay at, don’t settle for hostels that are dubious in any way and, if you choose to couch surf, make sure you check reviews (twice or thrice!) before you jump into staying at a stranger’s house. Awful things can happen regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, but we tend to be easier targets for a lot of scams, so it’s very important that you don’t skimp on things that could end up hurting you.