A solo travel guide for women is essential in a society where harassing women almost looks like the norm. Despite these circumstances, women have decided not to succumb to the fear because research by the Washington University School of Business, showed that nearly two-thirds of today’s travellers are women. Additionally, between 2012 and 2017, one of the biggest hostel booking platforms, hostelworld, had a 45% growth of solo female bookings.
This shows that solo female travel is getting hotter and with these travel tips you will be well-prepared for your next life-changing adventure.
Solo travel guide for women
Research the destination first
Have a basic understanding of your destination. It could be the weather, local customers, dress codes, or etiquette, but having some sort of knowledge will help make better choices during the trip.
Posting everything on social media can attract the wrong people sometimes. Do not check in your specific areas but rather just share the name of the country you have just landed in.
Let someone know of your travel
A solo trip also involves the rest of your loved ones worrying about you, so have someone that you are constantly updating as assurance and as a way to have someone help in case anything happens.
Pack a doorstop
When you have a secure door you will sleep with less worry. Allison Lane, a woman who was featured in the New York Times, to share some of her solo travel tips, said, “bring a basic rubber doorstop and use that to wedge under the inside of your hotel/lodging door while you’re in your room. It makes it almost impossible for someone to open the door”.
Make friends with residents
Even though travelling the world leaves you in awe of the privilege and hard work you have put in to get there, there are moments when creeps will remind you of the marginalisation of women and decide to harass you. Therefore, having a local friend will give more insight on how to navigate your destination better.
Give yourself an assignment
As much as travelling alone can be fun, it can also get lonely if you do not have a plan. The assignment you give yourself can be as small or as deep as you want it to be. Whether it is understanding the culture of your destination by volunteering in a charity or giving yourself the goal to only eat traditional, either one of them gives your trip purpose which will be fulfilling.