Have you been dreaming about travel? The problem is that no one wants to go with you. Welcome to the world of Solo Female Travelers Exploring the World.
More and more women are discovering the absolute joys of solo travel. As a result, solo women are now the largest demographic of travelers. They range from young women on their gap year to retired women looking to write a new chapter to their lives. So prepare yourself to explore the world solo by dusting off your backpack.
“Travelling alone is not lonely, it’s an extremely powerful feeling, very similar to love. It’s that kind of strength. It’s partly the joy of total aloneness, not loneliness, of being part of the land, as far as you can see and know there’s nobody you need to share it with.” – Marybeth Bond “Gutsy Women.”
The positives of solo travel
- The freedom. As a solo traveler, you are in charge of every decision.Where you go, when you go, and how you get there is completely up to you.It’s your call.
- Flexibility means that you are free to make last-minute decisions.You don’t need to get anyone’s approval. It is up to you to change the itinerary. Maybe you will decide to change directions or stay a few extra days.
- Whether you believe it or not, you will meet more people. Hostels offer a great opportunity to meet other solo travelers. People tend to stay away from couples or groups but are always happy to strike up a conversation with a single person. As a solo female traveler, I have made so many friends around the globe, more than I ever made travelling with a partner. I never feel alone.
- You are more likely to receive accommodation offers or invites to a local’s family home and share a meal. This happened to me frequently when in the Republic of Georgia and Turkey.It has been a memorable experience for me.
- It’s exhilarating and character-building. You’ll be surprised how much your confidence grows.
- You have more opportunities to chill out, read a book, and people watch.
- Less drama. You don’t have to have those disagreements on which museum to visit or what time to go to dinner.
- Imagine if you meet that special someone. You do not need to apologize or walk the walk of shame.
Staying safe as a solo female traveller
When you decide to travel solo, you need to adopt very stringent safety protocols. Treat it as if you are in your home country. If you wouldn’t walk alone in the streets of London in the early hours of the morning, don’t do it in Bangkok or Istanbul either. Be sensible. The truth is that muggings and rape can happen anywhere and anytime. So make wise decisions when traveling. Too much alcohol consumption will leave you vulnerable and will make you an easy target.
If you adopt a reasonable attitude, you should be fine as a general rule. As a veteran solo female traveler, I can say that I have never found myself in a situation that I couldn’t handle. It’s partly luck and a giant dose of common sense.
Tips for solo female travelers
- Research your next destination. Learn about any local customs that might be important and all the dos and don’ts.
- If it’s your first solo travel experience, you might choose an English-speaking country to test the waters. Test your abilities to travel alone without the added stress of a language barrier.
- Dress appropriately. In general, South East Asian countries have a relaxed dress code. But countries like Laos and Myanmar are a quite conservative. You’ll find travel in the Middle East very conservative that you may even need to cover your head. Visiting temples and mosques will always require you to cover up your body. Be respectful and check the local dress codes.
- Travel light. You don’t want to lug around a heavy suitcase. A carry-on bag or a backpack is the most suitable choices. In addition to the weight of your suitcase, consider the condition of the paths and roads you’re trying to travel on. Cobblestones and uneven surfaces make that heavy suitcase feel like an anchor.
- Make sure that family and friends know where you are. Thanks to technology, keeping in touch regularly is so simple.
- Partying is fun, and Thailand may be the best country in South East Asia for that. Koh Phangan, Thailand, The Full Moon Party is a must-attend event. As a solo female traveler, try and meet up with others from your hostel and attend as a group, looking out for each other. Stay alert.
- Traveling can be made easier with the apps on your phone. Consider installing Google Maps, a translator, and taxi apps like Uber or Lift. There are applications to help you book planes, trains, and buses. There are apps for booking hostels and hotels. It’s never been easier to organize your travels.
- Shopping with a backpack is a hassle for you, right? Don’t let your luggage limit your shopping pleasure. Check out Pigee. The pigeon that posts your souvenirs home for you. The Pigee app allows you to buy and send home all your purchases directly from the street markets or shops. You can now shop to your heart’s desire and have all your souvenirs and those shoes and bags sent home safely and with no fuss.
A final word on solo female travel
Traveling solo has become a large part of my life now, and I can’t imagine traveling any other way. It’s exhilarating. I feel confident and capable of traveling anywhere solo. I feel stronger and know that I can tackle any challenge that comes my way. It’s enchanting and intoxicating, and you’ll never regret it. So, if you are considering traveling the world solo, just do it!