Don’t let yourself be put off traveling just because you’re a solo woman.
Although it pays, as always, to be careful, with a bit of preparation, it is safe to travel alone. While it is important to take into consideration the country to which you are traveling – its cultures, its habits, its differences and similarities with your own – here are the top tips in general if you’re planning a solo trip.
Before You Go
So that you can relax and enjoy your travels, plan ahead for all aspects of your trip. Organize the information on your itinerary and keep it to hand when you are traveling. You can find all the information you need on-line. For example, find out which airport terminal you are flying from. Check out Google Earth to see the area where your hotel is situated.
Travel light. Although most airlines allow at least a 20kg for checked luggage plus cabin luggage, can you easily carry it? Don’t forget you may have to carry it up and downstairs at stations and airports. Consider what to wear when traveling, it is comfortable? You may have to walk a very long way in some airports; you could regret those killer heels! Pack light weight crease resistant clothes. A mix and match selection of garments for a versatile holiday wardrobe. Check on-line what is on sale at your destination, it could be easier to buy it when you arrive. A toilet roll is a must for some destinations!
Losing your possessions is a nuisance so don’t let it spoil your holiday.Take out a good travel insurance policy and read the small print to make sure you have the best cover. Carry your money, documents and passport in a bag that has a strap across your body; or consider a money belt which also has room for your passport. Remember backpacks and rucksacks are easy for pickpockets to dip into. Ensure you hold on to your bag in very crowded areas and avoid very quiet streets where there are no other pedestrians.
Personal Safety and Male Attention
Check out ‘appropriate dress’ at your destination, or for any tours; you plan to make while you there and pack accordingly. Be aware that flirting or provocation vary according to the social norms at your chosen destination.
The law in other countries varies as to what may be considered provocation or even consent. Wearing a wedding ring is an internationally understood deterrent to male attention if that is what you want.
If talking with strangers, never tell them where you are staying. Your accommodation should be your safe place. If you are nervous about people approaching you, try carrying a photo of a large, intimidating man in your wallet. If people engage you, you can say he is your husband, and you are just going to meet him. Other ways to put people off is to tell them you are lawyer or policewoman on holiday.
Most of all, enjoy
Make contact with your hotel or guest house before you travel, they could be a source of invaluable local information. Lone women travelers are admired for their independence and thirst for adventure. There’s never been a better time to take the plunge and go traveling alone.