After making the decision to travel alone you might now just need a few ideas to start your planning. This may be either for your own piece of mind or to quieten those doubters among your friends and family that are worried about you heading off on your own.
Here area few ideas and travel tips for women traveling alone, that might just help your or someone that you know.
This is by no means everything that you will need to know but a few ideas that will get you thinking about various scenarios might help to start your solo travel experience with more confidence.
Don’t Let Your Fear Ruin Your Trip
To some people the thought of traveling to another country or even somewhere they have not been before can be a daunting thought.
Think about what it is exactly that you are afraid of and think logically through the situation. Is it the fear that you will be lonely? Turn that around into a compelling reason to go outside your comfort zone and meet people. Are you afraid of being a victim of crime? You can put things in place to minimize this. ( More about that later) Are you afraid that you might get lost, or miss a connecting flight? Being organized beforehand will minimize this, and worst scenario it just adds to the adventure.
Remember keep things in context and think what is the worst thing that can happen. Work through that with a solution for the worst possible scenario, then, if it ever happens you are ready to confront it. This will also help if you have to convince any doubters that might be worrying about things that haven’t happened yet.
Remember – Don’t overthink things that might ruin or cancel your trip
Are You Worried About Having to Eat Alone.?
Sometimes this can be a good thing as you can eat what suits you and you don’t have to compromise for a travel companion or partner.
If you really don’t like the thought of sitting in a nice restaurant eating dinner alone while there are tables of people all around, you may prefer to eat alone in your room. Choosing to order room service or takeaways for the evening meal on occasions is not a big deal especially if you have eaten breakfast and lunch while you are out and about.
Another option is to ask to share a table with another solo traveler if you see someone else eating alone. This might work better if it is a buffet type restaurant. What is the worst that might happen when you ask someone to share their table?
Someone might say no. Well no big deal, just think of it as their loss.
Take this opportunity to get more comfortable with your own company. You can people watch or spend
time reading or catch up on your daily travel diary while you have the inspiration of people around you.
Don’t worry about what people are thinking about you, most often most people are wrapped up in their own world anyway.
Think About Your Safety and Security
If you plan aspects of your security before you leave on your trip you can incorporate items that make this easier. Such things as padlocks for your bags, swipe free travel wallets and bags and a bag to carry your valuable on your body. Have a secure day pack or bag that you can carry with you at all times that you can secure your valuables in.
Valuable jewelry should be left at home but your passport, cash and cards should be with you and on you at all times. Don’t’ pack them in checked in luggage or on the luggage bays of the buses or trains. Once they are out of your sight then you have lost control of them.
Keep in touch with someone just to let them know your general whereabouts and just to touch base daily. With technology this is as easy as sending a message or even a photo. I know someone who took photos daily and her parents had the login to google photos so they could see what she was doing each day and to know that she was OK.
Stay aware of your environment and keep an eye on what is happening around you. For example, as I was waiting for a bus to the airport in Barcelona, looking like a tourist, with my trolley bag, i noticed two suspicious looking young men hanging around. They were standing apart but were obviously together as they were making eye contact. As I got onto the bus there was a delay waiting for the person in front to board the bus. One of the guys came right up behind me, but I was aware of him and shielded my bags and got onto the bus before he could do anything. I figured that he could have grabbed my bag if I wasn’t aware of him. .
If you are traveling in a more remote area you might engage a local guide. Not only will this give you a great insight into local information and history, but it will be a safer option that wandering around an unknown city, town or mountain all by yourself.
The World is My Oyster – Where Shall I Go?
There is a whole internet full of suggestions of where is the best place to travel for solo women travelers. A lot of the time the destination can be a personal preference and you may already have a bucket list of places that you want to go to based on your personal interests.
I have many places left on my bucket list but I can definitely suggest some top picks from my own experiences that I would love to share.
If you are in Europe I would strongly suggest a trip to Prague. This is a beautiful City with the most amazing buildings that managed to survive the WW2 bombings that occurred throughout Europe. Wandering around the city is surreal and is almost like a story book at times. There is so much to see that I know that there will be something of interest for everyone. My picks were the Prague Museum of Public Transport and the Prague Castle, and just wandering around the city.
If you like Celtic culture mixed with Medieval Castles and rugged coastlines and National Parks with beautiful lakes and scenery Wales is worth a visit.
New Orleans is the pick if you like to listen to live music and want to try some local cuisine, go on a swamp tour to look for alligators, do a ghost tour of the cemetery or just experience the Mardi Gras. You won’t be disappointed.
This is Character Building Stuff
You will find that traveling solo is character building and will open new opportunities to meeting people and growing you as a person. It will build your confidence and help you to step outside your comfort zone. You can travel without compromise or negotiations and all the decisions can be made by you. You can also be more flexible and change plans as you go along if that suits you as well.
You will be able to take time out from friends and family and then you will appreciate them more when you get back home.