Solo female travel; a lesson in self-discovery and an experience of true freedom and adventure. Seize the moment and immerse yourself in the joy and wonder of all that is new and unfamiliar. Follow our tips for how to survive when going it alone.
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Safety tips for going it alone
Exploring the world alone can be empowering for women of all walks of life. But as with any form of travel, a lone expedition can pose its fair share of risks. Our solo survival guide tells you how to holiday independently and hassle-free.
Get organized- Research the cultural norms of your planned destinations to avoid any misunderstandings or unwanted attention.
Learn the lingo - Learn a few basic phrases like, ‘Hello’, ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’, ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘My name is ….’ and more. These can come in extremely handy when you’re on foreign terrain.
Stay social - Always tell others where you are going, or post on social media so that at least one person knows where you are at all times.
Protect your stuff - When out-and-about only take the essentials, avoid wearing lots of jewelery and use a sensible across the body bag to deter pocket-pinchers.
Day time destinations- If possible aim to arrive as new places during the day to avoid any eerie encounters.
Secure a selfie stick- For picture perfect moments, you can’t beat a selfie stick. The tool, while kitsch, makes it simple to take the perfect selfie without having to rely on a stranger.
Group vibes - Don’t go it alone! Organised tours make it easy to network and are a safe and stress-free way to see the sights. The huge variety of tour companies on the market also allow you to specify your travel requirements.
Safety on speed dial - An international sim can be helpful in emergency situations and comfort you knowing that home is only ever a call away.
Trust your instincts- Don’t feel guilty about saying no. If a situation doesn’t feel right you’re perfectly in your right to decline. Your safety takes first priority, always.
Enjoy yourself- Relax! Solo travel can be tremendously rewarding. Be flexible and allow yourself to go through the motions. A good degree of confidence, whether feigned or genuine, can also help to deter opportunists.
Solo female travel; a lesson in self-discovery, and an experience of true freedom and adventure. Seize the moment and immerse yourself in the joy and wonder of all that is new and unfamiliar.