Travel Tips

Top 10 Solo Female Travel Safety Tips

Solo Female Travel Tips

If you’re anything like me then, every time an article mentions something about solo female travel, you unconsciously click on it.  Even more so if it involves safety tips.  So, I’ve decided to make my own list of solo female safety tips from my experiences and share them with you! (Just a head’s up: the photos will probably have nothing to do with the tips as I’m not the most photogenic of people.  So I thought I’d spare you all of that and just have pretty pictures instead).

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10. Ooze Confidence

I found, the more I huddled into myself, the more likely I was to be approached by men who wanted to ‘cheer me up’.  Try and fake it – keep your back straight and your shoulders back.  If you happen to take a wrong turn somewhere and need to turn around but don’t want anyone to notice, you could pop into a shop, or do the whole ‘I’ve suddenly received a text and I’m needed in the direction I just came from’ routine.

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9. Buy a cross-body bag

Travelling by yourself as a woman, you are more likely to be a target.  Cross-body bags (with a zip!) are easier to keep an eye on and harder to snatch.  In crowded areas, I tended to keep a hand on my bag at all times.

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8. Trust your gut

If something feels wrong, it probably is.  This isn’t to say that it will always be wrong, but it’s better to be safe.  As I mentioned a few posts ago, when I was in Pisa I walked over a bridge and got a strange feeling.  Looking over my shoulder, I noticed a guy who had been sat at the end of the bridge (and asked if I ‘liked fucking’) had followed me and, as soon as he realised I’d noticed him he kept repeating ‘like fucking’ over and over and over.  I was almost at the point of heading into a shop to get rid of him but, for some reason, I stopped, stared at him, and the guy wandered off with a huge grin on his face and I never saw him again.

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7. Always let friends and family back home know your travel plans

Include your arrival times so, should anything happen to you (which, hopefully, nothing will!), someone will know something’s wrong.

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6. Dress appropriately

If the women around you aren’t wearing short shorts and low-cut tops, then you probably shouldn’t either (unless you want to attract unwanted attention).  Respect the cultures you’re visiting (and keep shoulders and knees covered when visiting churches!)

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5. Learn a few key phrases

Learning simple phrases such as ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘thank you’, ‘where is…’, ‘help’, and so on will help you so much,  The locals will also really appreciate it as well.

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4. Try and blend in

That man with the khaki shorts, knee-high white socks and sandals combo and the baseball cap is very obviously American.  Don’t be that man.  Do some research on the place you’re visiting beforehand and try and blend in as much as possible.  Also, it goes without saying, don’t flash all of your valuables.  Don’t wear the expensive watch, maybe have an older, worn-looking handbag instead of your brand-new designer one.  This stops you from standing out in a bad way.

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3. Don’t go out by yourself at night

Sort of goes without saying but try and avoid being by yourself when it’s dark, and especially avoid that dodgy-looking alley.

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2. Don’t get so drunk that you’re paralytic

This is kinda linked to the ‘not going out by yourself at night’ thing.  You’re abroad by yourself – don’t drink to pass out.

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1. Budget some extra money

Make sure you’ve got some extra money for emergency situations, such as, if you’re miles away from you’re accommodation and it’s dark, don’t chance walking through the dark streets alone – fork out and get a taxi.

Top 10 Solo Travel Tips

Solo Travel Tips

Travelling by yourself is so much different than travelling with someone but it is so rewarding.  I would recommend it to anyone – in my opinion, everyone has to travel solo at some point in their lives.  Check out my top 10 solo travel tips!

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10. Travelling solo makes planning easier

You don’t have to constantly keep in contact with travel companions whilst you choose when and where to go.

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9. You don’t have to worry about annoying people

I like to wander around museums (I could spend all day in a museum.  I’m not even kidding).  This could, potentially, get annoying for someone travelling with me.

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8. It’s easier to interact with locals

I’m naturally quite shy and introverted, and travelling solo made me interact with people.  Waiters and museum staff, etc, are all more likely to have conversations with you if you’re travelling alone – and it was an excellent way for me to practice my Italian!

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7. It will boost your confidence

Trust me on this.  As I mentioned above, I’m super shy, but travelling alone really helped to boost my confidence.  By the time I was away to head home, I found that, more often than not, I was the one to start conversations with people, rather than waiting for them to speak to me.

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6. You can do what you want

If one of your regular travel partners is a night-owl while you’re an early-bird, travelling alone means that you don’t have to compromise – you can do what you want!

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5. You’ll get to know yourself better

Travelling alone, you’ll figure out exactly what you like and what you like to avoid, as well as learning new things about yourself.

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4. You don’t have to wait for anyone

If you’re constantly waiting for all of your friends to have time/money/whatever to travel, then you’re never going to go anywhere.

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3. The experience is like none other

This doesn’t even need a caption.  Just trust me – you need to travel alone at some point in your life.

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2. It can teach you a lot about other cultures

The first couple of times I went to Italy, I was with someone and wasn’t bothered by anyone.  The moment I show up alone?  The guys are all interested (although, my newly-blonde hair may have helped).  It’s a normal thing for guys in Italy to call you ‘bella’ as you walk by them in the street, or to flirt with you if you’re stood outside a restaurant.  I am not used to this at all and, at first, it was daunting.  But, when I realised that this was just a thing that guys do in Italy and they mean no harm by it, I found that it would brighten up my day a bit more (especially on travel days when I was wearing hardly any make-up, my hair was a mess, and I had on my comfiest clothes and my huge backpack.  Having a guy compliment you when you look like crap feels amazing!)

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1. It’s not as scary as you think

Seriously, the moment I stepped on the plan on my way to Rome, the nerves kicked in.  I was travelling alone!  I wasn’t going to have anyone to do the talking for me!  I was going to have to do everything myself!  But, as soon as I landed in Rome and saw the sun, the fear just…disappeared.  Which, I know, this probably doesn’t happen for everyone, but it was so worth travelling solo.