Traveling alone can be an exhilarating experience. Exploring the world without any company has a lot of benefits especially when it comes to schedules and sightseeing. It can all be done at your own pace. The bonus is that there will be a lot of opportunities to make new friends along the way. It may seem daunting at first, but there are a few things that can be done to make the experience feel less overwhelming.
Here are some tips on how to deal with a few challenges and situations that may arise as a solo female traveler.
First things first, choose a country that you feel comfortable traveling alone in. Many countries have different customs and rules, which is why it is important to research them beforehand. Some destinations have a certain dress code while others are a bit more relaxed. It is all about finding a destination that won’t leave you feeling completely out of place. Secondly, book the accommodation before arriving in the country. It doesn’t need to be a five-star hotel with hundreds of amenities, it just needs to be a safe place to sleep, shower, and store any baggage. If this is your first time traveling alone, book a few group activities or day tours so that you have some time to learn about the city with a local guide and other tourists.
Buy, eat, and dress local
The best way to get involved with the local culture is to support it. Head on down to local markets and buy some crafts as a souvenir for your loved ones at home. When it comes to meals, find a local grocer or café rather than eating at big chain fast food joints. You are here to explore and try new things, the diet can wait. Depending on the local laws and customs, females are required to cover their shoulders or hair in some neighborhoods. It’s best to research the neighborhood and customary dress code beforehand to avoid sticking out or offending the locals.
When it comes to sensitive information, it’s always best to be discreet about it. Meeting new people along the way is part of the experience but they don’t need to know the name of your hotel or the contents of your budget. If you have made plans to go out with new friends, rather meet them at a landmark or central point instead. That way, if things start to feel uncomfortable, you can politely leave without worrying about being followed back to the hotel. A little self-preservation is always helpful when traveling alone. Always keep a copy of important documents on hand and give a copy to a trusted family member in case of emergencies.
Rely on your instincts
If there is one thing you can count on, it’s your instincts. If uncomfortable situations arise, trust your instincts enough to leave. Over time, it will get easier to pick up on these things. Don’t worry about coming off as abrupt or rude, rather than trying to ride out a situation, trust what your gut is saying. Safety is always a priority.
Lastly and most importantly have fun! Learn from every experience and don’t be afraid to explore new things. Traveling enriches the mind and soul, so make the most of it.