Last Updated on March 3, 2021 by Dani
A woman traveling alone usually has a very different experience than a woman traveling with her family. I personally enjoy traveling with my partner and with friends, but from time to time, I want to travel all by myself. Maybe you’re traveling for work, or maybe you also want to give it a try and take a trip for pleasure alone. Either way, you you’ll want to think about a solo trip in a different way. Are there any precautions to be taken?
I have compiled this list of travel tips for female travelers so that you know what to consider before and during your first solo trip. Some of these have to do with safety, while others are all about fun and enjoying yourself to the fullest – especially if this is your first time traveling alone.
Five Travel Tips For Female Travelers
1 Only Take Reputable Ride Shares / Taxis
Maybe you’re traveling to a place you’ve visited before, or perhaps this is your first time there. Whichever the case might be, I recommend to only accept rides if you’re confident of the vehicle and driver’s legitimacy.You might take a taxi, or perhaps you’re in a city where Uber or Lyft operate. You only want to get in taxis that have their license displayed openly. If you hire a ride share vehicle, you want to make sure the car you’re getting in is the one you called on the app.
Once you’ve confirmed that the taxi or ride share vehicle you’re taking is legit, you probably won’t have to worry about the driver doing something that they should not. It’s sad to say, but assaults and robberies in ride shares have happened and as female travelers this is something we have to worry about. If you want to be on the safe side, take a picture of their license.
If your driver is driving in an unsafe way, you have every right to demand that they pull over and let you out as well. The NHTSA reports that T-bone car wrecks account for almost half of fatal vehicle-on-vehicle crashes. You don’t want to become a statistic.
2 See a Sight You’ve Never Seen Before
Whether you are traveling for work or for pleasure, you should take the time to see a sight you never saw before. Depending on where you are, you might think about checking out a national park, a monument, an art or natural history museum, or anything else that appeals to you. Make time for exploring even if you are on a busy work trip. Seeing something new is stimulating for your mind and soul.
3 Talk to A Stranger
There are movies like “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” or “Eat, Pray, Love” about women who meet someone new while they’re traveling. That sort of romance rarely happens, at least not the way that Hollywood scripts it, but it’s always possible to meet new people on a solo trip.
If you are single, and you decide you want to have a fling while you’re in an exotic location, there are ways to do that, but if you have that goal in mind, be careful. This goes especially for using dating apps abroad, or even in a different city in your own country. Tell someone back home that you’re about to go on a date, send them a screenshot of that person’s dating profile.
If you go to your hotel bar or some other nightlife spot and strike up a conversation with a stranger, make sure that there’s a genuine connection before you take any bold action. Remember that even if someone seems charming, you only just met them, so you don’t know what their intentions are. If they suggest any activity that makes you uncomfortable, you can always say no. Sending a quick text to a friend back home that you’re about to invite someone back to your room is always a good idea.
4 Don’t Go Anywhere Unsafe by Yourself
Make sure to read up on the place you’re visiting before you go there. Learn where the unsafe areas are. Often, there are parts of town that tourists shouldn’t go, either alone or in groups. WikiTravel has a “Stay Safe” section for every destination.
You can keep some common-sense strategies in mind, like not wandering outside of a tourist area, particularly at night. If you’re going to go out, stay in well-lit places, and if possible, take a guide who you trust.
5 Get a Souvenir
Get yourself an item that will remind you of this trip later on. That might be a dress, a T-shirt, a fridge magnet, or some gift shop trinket. Find something that is your style and take it back with you so that you can have a physical reminder of this trip and experience.
You also might want to look for gifts while you’re traveling. If you have a family member or friend whose birthday is coming up, you may try to find them an exotic birthday present that you’re sure they will love.
Traveling is something that makes people happy, and it can undoubtedly broaden your horizon. Just be sure to stay safe and don’t do anything too reckless, or your trip can be memorable for all the wrong reasons.