3 Simple Advice For Solo Female Travelers

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Planning a solo female travel trip? That’s awesome!

As a woman, there are so many positives when you solo travel. You get to travel on your own terms, get to do what you want, when you want, and as often as your want; and you get to decide when you want to connect with people and when you don’t.

Traveling alone can also prove to provide some exciting adventures and sights along with the endless freedom that comes with it. It does not come without its negative side however just as many things in life. For women looking to do solo traveling for the first time, whether locally or in foreign countries, there is plenty of advice that can be offered to aid a successful and stress-free journey.


Don’t leave without travel insurance: Before heading to any trip, the first thing you should do is get travel insurance.

Why?

You hear so many cases of people getting sick, ended up going to a local doctor and saved themselves thousands of dollars because they had travel insurance.

The one I personally use when I travel anywhere is World Nomads. It’s super easy to sign up (only just a few minutes). So make sure you check it out before your travels to save yourself a lot of money.


Solo Female Travel: Financial

Planning your traveling budget is essential. Be sure to plan everything from flight expenses, taxi costs and the cost of public transport. Also be sure to properly plan the food budget so you know exactly what you are going to be eating and when. Whenever I travel, I give myself between $50-$75 a day to cover food costs for the entire day. That’s more than enough for three meals and a snack.

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It is also very important to plan accommodation costs and additional fees that may come your way. When planning a travel budget, always be sure to plan realistically and take more than you need. Taking a little extra for emergencies can also be very beneficial; you never know- the anticipated weather during your arrival might be sunny and the next day you might get a surprise rain shower.

READ: 17 Ways to Cut Travel Expenses

Solo Female Travel: Safety

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Traveling alone can be dangerous. It is recommended nowadays that everyone travels in groups for their own personal safety. Since you’re going solo, here are a few safety tips:

  1. Mobile Phone:  Always be sure to travel with a mobile phone and a means of communication to contact the police, emergency services or family and friends for help.
  2. Leave a Note: When I leave my hotel room, I always leave a note detailing where I’ve gone and when I expect to be back.
  3. Stay Sober: If you’re going out to party, always drink responsibly.
  4. Dress Light: You should also ensure that you dress lightly in the event you need to defend yourself or flee.
  5. Keep valuables safe: Try not to carry excessive amounts of money or things of high value in the event that you are faced with a mugger. Matter of fact, don’t even carry a purse if it’s not necessary.
  6. Be a bit coy: When meeting new people, give only your first name and don’t tell people where you’re staying.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post as I also list some of the top 15 safest places for women to travel to and the 5 worst.

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When traveling, knowing the laws of the place you are visiting is essential. Always be sure to research legal advice and information before you travel as this can save you unnecessary fines, jail time and in some extreme cases, even your life. Ensure you have the contact numbers of local police, maintain contact with your legal advisors such as your lawyer in the event of an emergency and above all else, know your human rights and what you are and are not allowed to do or say in the place you are traveling in.

// Don’t let solo traveling as a woman worry you. Here’s a travel quote I often read to remind myself why I travel in the first place…

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Solo female travel can be a very exciting adventure for anyone lucky enough to have the money to do so. It can take you to all corners of the globe to sample fine foreign cuisine and the sights and sceneries of foreign communities. However, it is something that needs careful research and planning.

READ: 10 Essentials For Any Summer Trip

Always be sure to effectively plan your travel budget and take more than you need along with a bit extra for emergencies. Always be sure to consider safety and take means of self defense and contact numbers for local police and emergency services and never leave your home country without researching into local laws and legal advice in the event of emergencies.

Solo Female Travel FAQ

Where should a single woman travel alone?

According to this Women’s Danger Index created by journalists Asher & Lyric Fergusson, here are the top 15 safest places for women to travel alone and the 5 worst (you can see the full list here). This list is based on the most visited tourist destinations around the world.

Safest Places for Solo Female Travel:

  1. Spain
  2. Singapore
  3. Ireland
  4. Austria
  5. Switzerland
  6. Norway
  7. Portugal
  8. Croatia
  9. Canada
  10. Poland
  11. United Kingdom
  12. Netherlands
  13. France
  14. Denmark
  15. Italy

Worst Places For Solo Female Travel:

  1. South Africa
  2. Brazil
  3. Russia
  4. Mexico
  5. Iran

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