When you’re traveling alone as a woman, there are some basic things that you need to know before you go. It’s all about being aware of your surroundings and knowing how to handle yourself in different situations. From learning how to say “I’m gay” in local languages to getting advice from other women who have been there, doing your research before hitting the road can make all the difference.
Don’t be afraid to go it alone.
I know, I know: there’s something comforting about having a partner in crime. Maybe you’ve always traveled with a friend, or maybe you’ve never left the country before and have been clinging on to the idea that having someone at your side will make everything “less scary.” But traveling alone can be rewarding in ways you haven’t yet imagined. Not only do I think it’s more fun when done right, but it also makes me feel more confident about my own abilities: if I’m willing and able to go off on my own for weeks at a time without anyone who knows me well (or even knows me at all), then maybe there are other things in life that I can tackle solo too! Maybe someday soon I’ll decide not just where but also how we’re getting there—and who knows? Maybe we won’t even need each other anymore by then…
Make friends with other women who travel.
When you’re traveling alone, it can be difficult to meet people. The easiest way to make friends is with other women who travel. They are usually more open to meeting new people, adventurous and likely have similar goals as you.
You should identify the places where female travelers will congregate (like hostels or cafés), then join in on their activities. This could mean going on a hike with them or doing yoga at sunrise—whatever is available!
Be flexible, and expect new experiences.
Traveling is a great way to learn new things, and also an excellent way to become flexible. You will find yourself in situations that you never imagined would happen, so it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. You may find yourself making friends with people from other cultures, or getting caught up in a political protest during your travels. You might end up stuck in traffic for hours on end with no cell service and no idea how long it will take for you to get home – or worse yet…You could end up stuck at the airport because of weather delays! And don’t even think about going anywhere if there are signs warning about flash floods or possible hurricanes!
Even if everything goes as planned on your trip (and even if you think it has), there are still many things that might make you need to “be flexible” while traveling:
Be aware that women are treated differently in some places.
It’s important to be aware that women are treated differently in different places and cultures, and not just because you might get more attention from men. If you travel by yourself or with friends, there’s a chance that your group will be treated differently than others.
It could be as simple as having someone offer to carry your bag for you or having another woman make room for herself on the bus. It could also mean getting harassed if you’re traveling alone (especially at night), so research where you’re going before booking a hotel room and take precautions if necessary.
Check to see if your destination has a dress code for women.
What if you are planning on visiting a country that has a dress code for women? I know, it sounds rude to say no to being respectful of the local culture, but what does that mean for you? Will this mean wearing actual clothes instead of something like a tank top and shorts? Or will it mean hiding under layers and layers of fabric that suffocate your movement and make you feel like an overheated burrito.
Find out how the locals feel about your sexual orientation with a simple hand signal. (If you gesture with a raised pinky and thumb, it means you’re gay).
- Find out how the locals feel about your sexual orientation with a simple hand signal. (If you gesture with a raised pinky and thumb, it means you’re gay).
- Speak up! When in doubt of yourself, question everything you do and say aloud until someone corrects your behavior.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The more awkward they are, the closer we will get through this experience together as friends or strangers who’ve just met but want to know each other better so please don’t leave me alone here without anything interesting at all to discuss because there’s nothing else left except these grapes that look like raisins but aren’t really so let’s talk about something else now.”
Learn a few words of the language that are especially helpful for solo travelers.
It’s always smart to learn a few key words of the language of wherever you’re traveling, whether you’re going on a solo trip or not. This can help you communicate your needs and find people who are willing to help when something goes wrong.
By learning a few words that are especially helpful for solo travelers, you’ll be better prepared to handle any situation that comes up along the way—and even make new friends.
Ask other women what they wish they’d known before they went.
While it’s true that no two experiences are the same, some things—like the importance of bringing a pocket knife or learning how to use chopsticks—might be universal. Ask a friend or family member who has been there before, especially if you’re traveling in an area with similar cultural norms and customs. And don’t forget about asking female travelers you know as well; their advice might differ from those who have never left home before.
Book your accommodations in advance.
I know it’s tempting to wait until you’re actually in the city or country you’re visiting, but that can be a costly mistake. If you wait until the last minute, the places might be full and/or more expensive; if you book too early, prices may go up. Plus, many hostels require advanced payment for reservations (which is one of the reasons why they’re so cheap). Hotels have similar policies with varying degrees of flexibility—some won’t allow cancellations for non-refundable rooms within 24 hours of arrival or even before then!
It can be really helpful to get advice from other women before you go somewhere new.
One of the best ways to make your travels easier and more fun is getting advice from other women who have been there. Talk to people who have traveled in that area before, or even consider joining a female travel group specifically designed for solo female travelers. These groups are often led by an experienced leader who can give you helpful tips on where to go and what not to do. Plus, when you’re traveling alone, it can be nice to take some time out of your day just to hang out with other women in a safe space.
We hope these tips have helped you feel more prepared for a solo journey, and we wish you all the best! You can do it!