When I first began touring solo, I’m certain many individuals thought I used to be loopy.
But over 50 nations later, I don’t plan on stopping any time quickly. I’ve traveled solo to nearly each nation in Latin America, and most of Europe too.
After years of touring alone and having a protected and enjoyable time in every single place I’ve gone, these are my prime ideas for different solo feminine vacationers.
1. Start Off Small
If you’ve by no means taken a solo journey earlier than, begin off small.
My first true solo journey was a weekend in Copenhagen (ranked as one of many safest cities in the world for solo feminine vacationers) whereas I used to be learning overseas in faculty.
An “easy” vacation spot like it is a nice strategy to take a look at the waters of solo feminine journey.
Destinations just like the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia are perfect for first-time solo female travelers as a result of they’re extraordinarily protected, simple to journey in, and nearly everybody speaks English.
2. Always Pack Light
Packing mild is vital! I’ve spent months at a time dwelling out of a carry-on suitcase on my long-term travels. You may also get a backpack (ideally 50 liters or smaller) if that’s extra your fashion.
Regardless, packing mild makes issues a lot simpler and fewer anxious as a solo traveler.
You don’t have to fret about lugging an enormous suitcase by means of new and unfamiliar locations by yourself, and it additionally makes you much less conspicuous and helps you mix in additional.
3. Stay In Hostels
If you’re apprehensive about getting lonely when touring by yourself, keep in hostels!
Hostels aren’t only for backpackers of their early twenties anymore both. You’ll discover vacationers of all ages staying at hostels, and there are a lot of good hostels that really feel extra like a boutique lodge.
If staying in a shared dorm room with different vacationers isn’t for you, you’ll be able to pay a bit extra and keep in a non-public room (that is what I do!) You can nonetheless benefit from the social advantages of the hostel, and it’s a good way to make mates whereas touring alone, particularly with different solo vacationers.
4. Join Group Activities
Another one in all my favourite methods to make mates whereas touring solo is by becoming a member of group actions.
Walking excursions, cooking courses, group hikes, day excursions, health courses, and bar crawls are just a few examples of group actions you’ll be able to be a part of whereas touring the place you’ve a excessive probability of assembly different folks.
If you’re nervous about touring solo to a specific vacation spot, you’ll be able to even be a part of an prolonged group tour as a substitute of touring utterly by yourself. This is a assured strategy to meet different vacationers, and also you don’t have to fret about logistics your self.
5. Do Your Own Research
Now let’s get into some safety tips for solo feminine vacationers.
When planning a solo journey, you may hear from involved, well-meaning household and mates that what you’re doing isn’t protected. In these circumstances, it’s vital to do your personal analysis and take into account the supply.
Do your loved ones and mates have first-hand expertise touring solo within the vacation spot you’re going to? Probably not. But can you discover examples of girls who really have traveled solo there? Definitely!
The Internet provides a wealth of knowledge for aspiring solo vacationers. I’ve used solo feminine journey blogs to assist me analysis and plan journeys for years.
I additionally do in depth on-line analysis and planning earlier than a visit, as a result of the extra ready I’m, the safer I really feel arriving in a brand new and unfamiliar vacation spot.
6. Trust Your Instincts
I’ll skip the obvious security recommendation like watching what you drink and avoiding strolling alone at night time.
But one of many largest security ideas I may give you is to belief your instincts.
They’re hardly ever improper. If one thing feels off about a spot, scenario, or particular person, take away your self instantly, and don’t fear about being impolite (see tip #7 under.)
I’ve been fortunate sufficient to not have any main mishaps whereas touring solo, however I’ve been in a couple of bizarre or sketchy conditions. And when these alarm bells began going off, I listened and obtained out of there!
7. Unleash Your Inner New Yorker
As a New Yorker, I’m used to all of the stereotypes about us. We’re impolite, we’re at all times in a rush, we’re blunt, and so forth.
But what? There’s a bit little bit of fact to all of that, and letting your inside New Yorker out can really enable you to as a solo feminine traveler.
If somebody is hassling you, aggressively making an attempt to promote you one thing, or in any other case making you’re feeling uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to easily ignore them and maintain strolling.
Always stroll with a objective and keep alert. Looking misplaced or confused makes you a goal for pickpockets and scammers. If you are misplaced, wait till you’ll be able to duck in someplace extra non-public (like a retailer or a lodge foyer) to regroup and get your bearings.
A little bit little bit of road smarts goes a great distance in conserving you protected when touring solo!
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