7 Smart Tips For Women Traveling Solo

Solo travel is on the rise – indeed, a survey by the Association of British Travel Agents found that in the 12 months to August 2018 one in six people went abroad by themselves. These solo travelers are looking for the opportunity to ‘do what they want’ and have some ‘me time’. 

Although men do travel alone, it is primarily women who are choosing to jet off and explore the world alone rather than taking a romantic break with their significant other or sightseeing with friends.  

However, while women are more independent than ever before and taking advantage of the  freedom that comes with that, there is no avoiding the fact that many women are vulnerable when they are alone in a way that men aren’t. But, don’t let that put you off – because a little common sense will ensure that you can enjoy your time away, without any issues. 

If you are planning to hop on a plane by yourself, whether for a package holiday or a self-planned trip, here are a few solo travel tips to ensure you are safe: 

Tip 1: Try to look confident and blend in  

You may not feel confident, especially if you are in a new place and it is your first trip alone. This will come with time. But, you know the saying ‘fake it until you make it’ – that’s exactly what you need to do. If you look lost or confused you’ll attract attention so try to look like you know what you are doing. Likewise, be aware of the culture and dress appropriately, to avoid standing out. 

Tip 2: Research your destination 

It’s important to get a feel and understanding of the destination before you arrive. That way you’ll know exactly how you are going to travel around, any areas to avoid, if it is known for particular scams or crimes as well as ensuring you can make the most of your time. 

Tip 3: Drink but avoid getting drunk 

You are on holiday, so you don’t need to stick to soft drinks but avoid drinking to the point you are drunk. This can make you vulnerable and you won’t be as aware of your surroundings. It is also important to ensure you don’t leave your drink unattended.   

Tip 4: Keep in touch 

Social media and smartphones have made it easier than ever before to stay in touch with friends and family back at home. This has, in part, helped to increase the number of people travelling alone. So, make sure you take advantage of this and let your loved ones know where you are and when. 

Tip 5: Hide money and don’t flaunt valuables 

It’s best to leave any valuables you don’t need in your room – locked in a safe, ideally. If you do have them on you, avoid taking them out when you don’t need them. It’s a good idea to have a photocopy of your documents including your passport and don’t keep all your money in one place. You may like to invest in a money belt like this one or use a dummy wallet. 

Tip 6: Don’t tell people where you are staying 

However close you become to someone, don’t tell them where your accommodation is. This should always feel like your safe space and this can be compromised if you end up telling the wrong person. 

Tip 7: Trust your instinct 

If a situation doesn’t feel right to you, then it probably isn’t. If you feel uncomfortable or something feels off, then don’t be afraid to say no or leave. It is better to be safe than sorry, so remove yourself from the situation as quickly but politely as you can. Make sure you head for, or stay in, a busy area. 

Follow these simple tips, then you can relax and enjoy your solo travel trip. 

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