33 Tips for Women Traveling Solo

Congrats sister, looks like you are looking into your first solo travel adventure?! Nice one!

When I was only about 19 years old, I went on my first trip. Solo. No one else had money, time, or any sense of adventure to join me, so what did I do? I went solo! Little did I know that my first trip to the Canary Islands in Spain would change my life forever.

However, in 2010 there was not much information out there on what to look out for when you are traveling solo as a woman. I just went out in the world, quite naively when I look back. I slept on couches of strangers with Couchsurfing, I’ve met random people in bars and I didn’t think that anything could eventually happen (which it didn’t thankfully until this day). However, don’t be as naive as me and plan ahead when you head out the first time on your own. You will not regret it I’m sure but just take some precautions and you will be fine and to have the time of your life.

So here we go. In this blog post, I will share 33 specific tips that cover various aspects of solo travel, including safety, meeting fellow travelers, saving money, and more. So, let’s dive in and make your solo travel experience truly unforgettable!

Safety Tips:

  1. Trust your instincts: If a situation feels uncomfortable, remove yourself from it.
  2. Research your destination: Be aware of local customs, laws, and potential safety concerns.
  3. Share your itinerary: Inform a trusted friend or family member about your travel plans.
  4. Carry a personal safety alarm: It can provide a sense of security in unfamiliar places.
  5. Stay aware of your surroundings: Be observant and mindful of your surroundings at all times.
  6. Learn basic self-defense techniques: Take a self-defense class or watch online tutorials to boost your confidence.

Meeting Other Travelers:

 7. Stay in social accommodations: Opt for hostels, guesthouses, or community-based lodging where you can meet fellow travelers.

  1. Join group activities: Participate in walking tours, cooking classes, or group adventures to connect with like-minded individuals.
  2. Attend local events: Check out local events, festivals, or meetups to interact with locals and fellow travelers.
  3. Utilize social media: Join travel groups, forums, and platforms to connect with fellow travelers and gather valuable tips.
  4. Volunteer or take part in work exchanges: Engage in volunteer programs or work exchanges to meet people while contributing to a meaningful cause.

Saving Money:

12. Travel during the off-peak season: Accommodation and flight prices tend to be lower during non-peak times.

  1. Embrace street food: Explore local markets and try affordable and delicious street food options. However, depending on where you are in the world and your sensitivity, it is best to avoid street food and just eat in normal restaurants.
  2. Use budget-friendly accommodations: Consider alternatives like couchsurfing, house-sitting, or camping to save on accommodation costs.
  3. Walk or use public transportation: Opt for walking or using public transportation instead of taxis or private transfers. If you need to grab a taxi, make sure that it is an official one (in some countries there are fake taxis!) Also ask if Uber or another taxi app is available in the country or a specific region.
  4. Take advantage of free attractions: Research and explore free attractions, museums, parks, and cultural sites.
  5. Cook your own meals: If you have access to a kitchen, prepare your meals to save money on dining out.

Packing and Essentials:

18. Travel light: Only pack essentials to avoid the hassle of lugging around heavy luggage.

  1. Carry a day bag: Keep your valuables, documents, and essentials in a small day bag for easy access and security.
  2. Pack a universal adapter: Ensure you can charge your devices in different countries.
  3. Bring a reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated and reduce plastic waste by refilling your bottle throughout your journey.
  4. Pack versatile clothing: Choose clothing items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits.

Staying Connected and Prepared:

23. Get a local SIM card or an eSIM: Stay connected with loved ones and access important information while on the go.

  1. Utilize travel apps: Download helpful apps for navigation, language translation, and finding local services. Those apps come in pretty handy:
    – Google Maps (you can download some maps and use them offline)
    – Maps.me (offline apps for free)
    – Google Translate
  2. Carry photocopies of important documents plus store them in your cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox etc.): Keep copies of your passport, identification, and travel insurance in a safe place.
  3. Invest in a portable charger: Ensure your devices stay powered up, especially when you’re on the move.

Embracing Solo Time:

27. Practice self-care: Take time for yourself to relax, reflect, and recharge.

  1. Try new things: Step out of your comfort zone and indulge in activities that you may not have considered before.
  2. Keep a travel journal: Document your experiences and emotions throughout your solo journey.

Respecting Local Cultures:

30. Dress modestly: Research and respect local customs regarding appropriate clothing.

  1. Learn basic local phrases: Show respect by learning simple greetings and thank-you phrases in the local language.
  2. Follow local customs and traditions: Observe and follow local etiquette and customs when visiting religious sites or cultural events.
  3. Be mindful of cultural differences: Respect and embrace the diversity of cultures you encounter during your travels.

With these 33 personal tips for your female solo traveling adventure, you have a comprehensive guide to make the most of your solo travel experience. Remember to prioritize safety, connect with fellow travelers, save money, and embrace new experiences. Be confident, trust yourself, and open your heart to the world. Your solo travel adventure awaits! Safe travels sister!


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