Eight things women travellers must know while travelling solo
Travelling alone is an enlightening and freeing experience for everyone. But, there are a few things that female travellers must keep in mind when they are planning a solo trip.
Solo travelling can be a bit challenging, especially for women who are experiencing it for the first time. Female solo travel is all about self-exploration, freedom and confidence to face the world when they are travelling on their own.
Women who travel alone are initially afraid due to safety issues and other travelling hassles that they might face, but this travel anxiety is all normal! Solo travelling instils confidence and encourages them to explore the place they are visiting and meet new people without compromising on their freedom and safety.
Here’s a list of few things that solo female travellers must keep in mind before embarking on their exciting journey alone.
- Choose your destination
Choosing a destination is the most crucial step to follow before planning your solo vacation. The place you are visiting should be the one that you always wanted to visit and explore. Selecting the destination that you are a bit familiar with or your friends and family have visited earlier is a safe choice if you are travelling alone for the first time.
- Understand the local culture
It is very important to get an idea about the local culture of the place you are visiting to avoid any misunderstanding or miscommunication. You can read about the local culture, language and other necessary things about the place you are visiting to prevent yourself from getting caught into embarrassing situations.
- Select safer accommodation
Your accommodation is your safe haven, so be careful while selecting the accommodation. Try to go for verified and secure spaces readily available on various travel apps, or you can also opt for shared accommodation like hostels, local homestays or Airbnbs which are not only comfortable but also safe for solo travellers.
- Keep your emergency contacts
If you are visiting a foreign country, note down and save all the contacts that you might need in case of an emergency. Keep the local police number, medical emergency number and contacts of your friends and family whom you can inform whenever you are stuck in any tough situation and need help.
- Pack light luggage
Packing light luggage will help you to be more mobile and also save a lot of money. You can carry your luggage along with you and need not book a place to store your luggage. Keep all the necessities like medicines, power bank, documents, some packed snacks, etc. along with you.
- Plan your itinerary
Planning your travel itinerary in-advance is essential for an enriching travel experience. Maintain a flexible schedule starting from your arrival to departure and be open to exploring new things.
- Protect your documents, cards & cash
Keep your passport, IDs, and all other important documents secure and also have an additional copy with you on the mail or at home. Always carry an extra card and some cash separately for any emergency situation.
- Take recommendations from locals
Stay local, eat local and meet locals while you are travelling solo. It will help you to minimize your spending, and you can also support the local economy. Buy local handicrafts, eat local food, try to stay in local accommodations and ask for travel recommendations from local people to make the most out of your solo travel experience.