Women who travel solo

Women traveling alone face more risks than men in the same situations. They are often targets for theft, verbal harassment, physical assault and rape. Few women dare to brave these circumstance, particularly if they are in a foreign country. There are a small group of women who enjoy the freedom of traveling solo or in the company of like-minded women. For those who like the freedom of setting your travel plans without having to worry about someone else or are tired of waiting for others to have the spare time to travel, traveling solo may offer an alternative.

Even though you’ll never know what’s going to happen when you’re on the road, there are steps you can take to increase your safety. A bit of preparation and common sense can go a long way in making your journey a success.

Preparation

  • Research as much as you can about your destination before you leave.

  • Book accommodations in advance.

  • Plant to arrive at a new city in the daylight hours.

  • Give a friend or relative your detailed trip itinerary and plan to communicate with they regularly.

  • Keep photocopies of your passport, credit card, airline tickets and other important documents.

  • Pack light and leave valuables at home.

  • Carry a basic first aid kit and any prescriptions you need.

Common Sense

  • Only carry enough cash for one day in your wallet.

  • Keep your spare money in a body pouch along with your passport.

  • Learn the culture of the places you’re visitng and follow the local customs.

  • Study a map of the area before going out to explore.

  • Ask hotel staff where to go and where not to go.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.

  • Stay in well-lit areas.

  • Don’t tell strangers your travel plans in detail.

  • Avoid form-fitting or very revealing clothes.

  • Trust your instincts.

For more information, check out Journeywoman and Women’s Travel Club.

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