Women travelers, are you thinking about traversing the world solo? It can be an incredibly gratifying way to see the world, make new friends and get to know yourself. Here, some of our favorite expert travel bloggers clue you in on how solo women travelers can get the most out of their experience, plus everything else you need to know before you go.
Cailin’s Travel Tip: “1. Always trust your gut. If you have a bad feeling about something or someone, listen to your gut and don’t go there or interact with that person. It is okay to lie and make up stories, change your name, say you are married, etc. as long as it makes you feel and stay safe. 2. Try to avoid travel at nighttime as of course things are often safer in daylight or at the very least, the light of day can make you feel safer. Also, arriving to a new place in the dark can make it harder to navigate and figure out where you are going. 3. Don’t be afraid to travel solo, but research where you are going and staying, be comfortable with your destination, make new friends and have a great time.”
Kate’s Travel Tip: “I recommend that solo female travelers have a plan for keeping in touch with loved ones before they set out on their trips. How are you going to communicate? Daily emails, frequent social email updates, a Skype call once a week? Decide on a plan and talk to your family in advance so there will be no surprises. It’s also a good idea to have a trusted friend or loved one have a copy of your itinerary and know where you’ll be and when. Don’t forget to let them know if you’re going somewhere with limited internet so they don’t worry about you! Once they see what a great time you’re having, they’ll be more at ease when you travel in the future.”
Jennifer Huber founded SoloTravelGirl.com because, she says, “I found myself traveling alone, not lonely.” Jennifer shares her personal experiences in order to inspire and empower other travelers to shed their fears and travel solo.
Jennifer’s Travel Tip: “Enjoying local food is part of the adventure of traveling but dining alone was a big hurdle I had to overcome when I first began traveling solo. I had a silly fear people were watching me or worse, I feared they were taking pity on me for eating by myself. Soon I realized, who cares what they think? I’m not going to see these people again and I’m not going to miss out on a good meal. To alleviate the self-conscious feeling of being stared at and staying safe when dining in a new town, I typically bring along a visitor’s guide to read at the table or catch up with my social media channels on my iPhone, limit my alcohol consumption, keep alert to my surroundings and importantly, hold my head high when the hostess asks, ‘Just one?'”
Lacy Colley Yamaoka
Lacy Colley Yamaoka started TheExpate.com to share her love of culture and adventure with her fellow travel aficionados. An island girl at heart, she’s lived in drop-dead gorgeous locales like Hawaii and Anguilla.
Lacy’s Travel Tip: “Traveling solo can seem daunting, and maybe not for everyone, although from my experience it has infused a certain confidence and untethered perspective in my life. Encountering new cultures in this sense allowed more tolerance back home, and the world became less black and white. I’ve learned over the years that traveling is also brilliantly undesigned, so going solo forced me to grow into more of an immersive traveler and less of a perpetual planner. My best advice is simple: Just go. Go until you have impromptu conversations with strangers, until body language gets you somewhere, and until you are comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
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