I’ve seen so many women travel alone here lately and I couldn’t quite put my finger on why or how? I mean wouldn’t you be concerned about your safety? Do you have fun going on a trip by yourself internationally? I basically had all of these questions, until I did my research.
Why Travel Alone as a Woman
When you travel alone as a woman, you gain so much confidence. Think about it, you’re doing a lot of things on your own, making your own decisions, etc. Your confidence is sky-rocketing. You’re also learning about yourself. You’re learning if you’re a quick thinker, if you like this or that, etc. You’re spending time with yourself, getting to know about you. You can make your own decisions. If you wake up and decide you want to go to the beach, you can do that because you don’t have anybody else to worry about or if you had going to the beach apart of your plans but randomly decide you rather go sightseeing instead, you can also do that because you are alone.
Of course, as a woman traveling alone, you want to take precautionary measures to make sure you are safe at all times. Trust your gut instincts. If something doesn’t feel right to you, TRUST IT AND BELIEVE IT. Turn around and get to somewhere safe where there are a lot of people. Don’t be afraid to say no. If a local approaches you to do something or buy something, don’t be afraid to tell them that you aren’t interested. You never know what they may try to do to you. Keep a dummy wallet, whistle and pepper spray on you at all times. A dummy wallet will have cancelled credit cards and a few cash in it, that way if someone tries to rob you because they know you are not from the country, you can just give that to them. Always keep a whistle or pepper spray in case someone tries to attack. You can hit them with the pepper spray and begin blowing the whistle. Get advice from the locals. They can tell you where to go and where not to go! Let family know your itinerary, maybe a text to your mom, dad, friends or siginifcant other to let them know where you are at all moments. Also, choose an Airbnb that has A LOT of reviews.
Planning Your Trip
Choose your destination with intent. Why are you taking this trip? What do you hope to gain? When you figure this out, you’ll enjoy your trip a little more and will be sure to gain what you’re for out of this trip.
Plan your first day/night. The first dat/night of any trip, definitely sets the tone for how the rest of your trip will be. Make sure you have a place to rest and to set your arrival time at noon, just incase the place you’re staying at is not what you expected and you need to make some changes.
Keep it off social media. This is also a part of your safety. If you are on this trip solo, don’t announce it on social media until after you have returned home. With there being so many tags and location drops, people can figure out a way to find you.
It’s totally okay to ask strangers to take your pictures. In fact, I’ve heard that they actually enjoy taking pictures for tourist.
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