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Tips for Women Traveling Alone

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More women of all ages are traveling alone now. Of course, some are widows or do not have anyone that can travel at a convenient time, but many women actually like to travel alone. Using common sense and planning well ahead of time can give you a wonderful vacation.

There are many benefits for a woman who prefers to travel internationally alone. Of course, safety is always a primary consideration, but solo traveling is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and your capability to soldier on despite any problems.

The satisfaction of planning an international trip and completing the trip cannot be overstated.

Tips for Travel

It is much easier to maneuver in a strange city during the day, so make your reservations accordingly. This gives you a chance to arrive at your hotel earlier and settle in.

If this is your first solo trip volunteering for some type of charity work is a great idea, as it places you with a group of like-minded people who are trustworthy and ones with whom you can share experiences. You can also stay in a hostel, which is cheaper, but you will have to share the bathroom.

Many seasoned travelers do not use a travel agent, as they have learned the best way to reserve the type of accommodations that suit their budget. The best way to handle transportation can be carefully planned well in advance, especially if you are not interested in taking a planned tour. If you have not done much traveling, then a travel agent can be a good idea, as they are very knowledgeable about foreign countries.

Katmandu - Bob Seger

Planning Ahead

Part of the enjoyment of traveling alone can be found in the planning stages. It is a good idea to know the laws of the country you are visiting. For instance, it is illegal to carry pepper spray in many countries. Obtain a belt that can be worn under clothing to keep a passport, traveler’s checks, credit cards or cash. Leave most credit cards at home, along with any expensive jewelry.

Seek out information of some of the sites you wish to visit, so you will know about transportation, cost and the hours of operation. If several sites are located close together, then choosing accommodations in that area might be wise. If you choose to rent a vehicle, remember traffic laws are different in different countries.

Enjoying Paris

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Safety First

Solo travel requires a higher alertness to the surroundings. Carry a detailed map of the area and a phrase book.

Book your plane so that you arrive in daylight, as it is much easier to maneuver in a strange city. It is important to allow time upon arrival to manage all the initial details as travel fatigue is common. Most hotels have a safe, so your passport can be locked up securely (travel.state.gov, 1995). Traveler’s checks, cash, jewelry and even medications can also be kept safe.

The safest way to travel is to dress and act like the locals of the country of your choice. Be confident even if you make an error and end up in the wrong location. You can always return the way you came. Don't look fearful or scared. Being assertive and attentive is best, as even if it takes a little longer to get to your destination, that is not the end of the world. Try to sightsee during the day.

Enjoying the Beach

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Helpful Safety Tips

Some of the tips for handling your valuables include:

  1. Do not become a target by wearing expensive or revealing clothing
  2. Leave expensive jewelry at home.
  3. Travel light, as it is easier to walk quickly, and baggage is less likely to be left unattended.
  4. If you are carrying your passport, money or other valuables, purchase a belt worn under clothing designed for this purpose. Do not use your wallet or handbag for cash, as this is an easy target for thieves.
  5. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes.
  6. Bring an extra pair of glasses if you wear glasses or contacts. Bring sunglasses.
  7. Use social media to take pictures, leaving a trail, so your family will be updated concerning your whereabouts.
  8. Sunscreen and bug spray are often helpful.
  9. Include a few basic outfits, wearing layers, and bring some clothing that can be washed in a sink.
  10. Take a small first aid kit with sample size shampoos and conditioners.
  11. Some women get a haircut for easier styling while traveling.
  12. Always be cautious with strangers, even other women. Listen to your “gut instinct.”
  13. A purse that is worn across the shoulders is much more difficult for someone to steal.
  14. Do not take an unlicensed cab.
  15. Single women should wear a fake wedding band.

There are also some important things you should leave at home, such as your social security card, library card, voter registration card, any extra credit cards and any irreplaceable pieces of jewelry.

Solo Female Travel Tips from Adventurous Kate

Final Security Tips

A family member should have a copy of your itinerary and other important papers. Make two copies of the serial numbers of the travelers’ checks, your passport, driver’s license, airline tickets and credit cards that will be taken on the trip. One copy can be packed in your suitcase or some other separate place, and the other copy is for the family member. Email or text some family members daily, so they will know you are safe, and it is important to know someone would be concerned if you were missing.

It is wise to have a backup plan if you want to change locations or your accommodations.

Quick getaways or longer vacations are therapeutic. Relax, pamper yourself, and enjoy your trip.I do not know about you, but I could be packed within the hour!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 05, 2020:

Hi Lisha,

A short trip to some place you would like to see might be perfect for you. Thank for commenting.

Lisha C on June 05, 2020:

Thank you for the tips for solo travel. I have never been confident enough to travel alone yet but I will keep these points in mind if I ever do. Maybe I could start with a short trip first to see how I manage.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 01, 2020:

Robert, I didn't know that, so thank you for that information.

Robert Sacchi on June 01, 2020:

You're welcome. UK also has an equivalent with travel advisories. It may be an advantage to check both in case one is slow or unwilling to post certain warnings.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 01, 2020:

Hi Robert,

I agree with you about the State Departments. Thank you so much for your comments.

Robert Sacchi on May 31, 2020:

Good tips. It seems a good idea to check on the State Department web site about the country you are visiting.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 05, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

A woman traveling alone needs to be extra careful. If she is cautious she should be safe.

I appreciate your comments, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2020:

These are all good tips for solo travelers, and many apply even if traveling with others such as not wearing expensive jewelry, sharing a travel log with others, etc. Appropriate clothing should be worn everywhere.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 17, 2016:

Thank you for your comments. I think being safe is good for men also.

Ced Yong from Asia on August 28, 2016:

Great advice. I'd say these apply to guys as well.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2013:

Rebecca, That is one of the top suggestions in my opinion also. I appreciate your comments.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 22, 2013:

Very useful tips! I love the one about a belt to hold your important papers under clothing!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 08, 2013:

Rtalloni, A trip to a Alaska sounds wonderful, and I am glad you found the hub helpful. Thanks for your comments.

RTalloni on November 08, 2013:

My recent trip to PNW/Alaska was sort of last minute and I read your hub in the middle of all the rush. Thanks for sharing some important considerations. These will be handy to anyone traveling during the upcoming holidays--good stuff to keep in mind!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 24, 2013:

Rolly, I imaigin that trip across Canada was a wonderful way to learn about yourself and just grow up. I still love to travel, but it is usually with family. It is good to hear from you, and I appreciate you sharing your experience.

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on September 24, 2013:

Hi Pam... great article for the single traveller and the cautions to be aware of. I so admire the younger generation as they are able to travel today unlike we were able as when I was younger.

I bought an older Harley Davidson motor cycle when I was younger and travelled across Canada much against the advice of parents and friends. That summer I learned more about life and myself than all the years I had been in school. I had to work my way as I travelled often for a meal or enough fuel to get me to where I was in need again. Many great lessons were learned, the greatest of all is to never fear...

Hugs and Blessings from Canada

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2013:

Patricia, I'm glad you will remember the suggestions and the fact that you are already alert is essential. I am the same way. I often drive from FL to Atlanta, which is only about 6 hourse, but even think I try to remain alert to anything that is unusual. Thanks of much for your comments and the angels. God bless.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 06, 2013:

Pamela

this is such important information. I have traveled alone many times and have not always felt totally comfortable. I always was on the look out for anyone who might not be acting as they should, you know?

I will be driving from FL to Texas next spring alone so will remember to heed your wise suggestions.

thanks for the reminders. Angels are on the way ps

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 05, 2013:

Jackie, I have taken two tips with my mother and we had a wonderful time. I have also traveled with my sister in the past, so you make a good point. Thanks so much for your commetns.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 04, 2013:

Interesting read and all makes sense. Other than around town I would never travel alone, and half the fun of travel is a companion to enjoy it with I think even if it is just Mom. In fact just Mom would be wonderful. But I know everyone does not feel that way or may not have a choice so these are very good tips for them. ^

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 03, 2013:

DDE, I think many more women travel alone how also. Thanks so much for your comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 03, 2013:

Very important information here so many women are travelling alone dailyand your tips are so helpful.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 26, 2013:

drbj, Those are the 2 most important things to remember. Thanks for your comments.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on July 25, 2013:

Excellent tips for women who travel alone, Pamela. Always be aware of your surroundings and trust your gut instinct.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 25, 2013:

Mary, I have driven to locations in the US also, but I am very careful, keeping doors locked and I'm not out late at night. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and for for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 25, 2013:

Vellur, I appreciate your comments.

Mary Craig from New York on July 25, 2013:

The only travel I've done alone was to computer conventions and I drove. I was always cautious as you've mentioned. It is a scary world we live in and you never know what or who is out there.

This is certainly a hub that should be read before any woman travels alone. Lots of good tips and advice.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 25, 2013:

Useful hub with great tips for a safe travel alone. Thank you for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 25, 2013:

Thelma, I would be very afraid if I experienced a hold-up also. Being alert is so important. Thank you so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 25, 2013:

Alicia, I'm glad you appreciate the tips and safety is the most important aspect of the trip really. Thanks so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 25, 2013:

FlourishAnyway, That is a good idea. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 25, 2013:

Ruby. Thank you so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 25, 2013:

Faith, I hope the hub gives you sister some new tips. I appreciate your comments and the share.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 24, 2013:

Great tips Pam. I sometimes travel alone in going back to my adopted country when my hubby has to come back to Germany not on our planned schedule. I´m often scared, but alert as I have experienced a hold- up with my friends in a jeepney drive before when I was visiting my home country.

Thnks for sharing these tips as they are of great help for all of us, not only for women but also for men. Voted up and useful;-)

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 24, 2013:

Thanks for sharing all the useful tips, Pamela. Safety is very important for a woman traveling alone, so your suggestions are very important!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 24, 2013:

This is good information. I used to travel a lot on business and was always careful not to have my full name on prominent display on my suitcase (use initials for the lost luggage tags, give a business address). Voted up and useful.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 24, 2013:

Your hub is full of really great tips on traveling. Thank you for sharing.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 24, 2013:

Really great tips here for traveling alone, Pamela! I believe you have covered every aspect. I hope that all women read this article who travel alone. My sister and daughter tend to travel alone a lot, so I will be sure to pass this great and useful information along.

Voted up +++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2013:

Bill, I agree that you can never be to careful. I appreciat your comments and the share.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on July 24, 2013:

Great tips Pam. I have a niece who travels alone and I'll pass this on to her. You can never be too careful. Voted up, shared, etc...

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2013:

Crystal, You're right, this is reality. Thanks for your comments.

New Understanding, I think that is especially true if you have done very little traveling. I am not sure what a travel wholesaler is. I appreciate your comments.

New Understanding from Northern California on July 24, 2013:

I've was in the travel field for almost 18 years and agree with all your helpful tips. I do think a travel agent is a good idea to have though as they are a good resource and they will be there if you get into any trouble. ( I was a travel wholesaler, not agent ;) I voted thumbs up

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on July 24, 2013:

Great tips - it's unfortunate that we have to think like this in order to be safe as women but reality is reality. Voting this one up for sure and sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2013:

sjkhan, I am glad you found this hub helpful. Thank yiu for your comments.

Sara from Pakistan on July 24, 2013:

Very helpful tips! Thanks for sharing.Voted up

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2013:

MG Singh, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and appreciate your comments.

MG Singh from UAE on July 24, 2013:

nice and interesting post

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2013:

Tom, I am glad you liked the hub and I appreciiate your comments.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on July 24, 2013:

All great and useful information within this well written and informative article ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2013:

Hendrika, I find being alone for a while is mentally healthy for me also. I like your jacket idea, and keeping no valuables in your purse is smart. Thanks for sharing your experience and your tips.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2013:

lovedoctor, I am glad you found the hub useful and I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2013:

Sharkye, I absolutely agree with the precautions, and we do need to be very aware of staying safe. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2013:

Mary, I think the guidelines you followed are excellent for safety. Family always tends to worry, but I would love to take a trip like that, particularly to a couple of countries in Europe. I have traveled alone in the U.S. many times, but foreign travel without any family would be new for me. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and all your comments.

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on July 24, 2013:

I love travelling on my own, even though I am a perfectly happily married woman, being alone for a while is very good for me. I find that it is best to wear a "jacket" with lots of zipped pockets on all sides of it, I carry everything in it and only have a handbag for a few basics. For luggage I find a backpack suits me the best.

It is true that you have to plan very well, I almost memorise the routes I have to take and make sure that I am certain of where I am going all the time.

With the right preparation travelling on your own can really be fun.

lovedoctor926 on July 24, 2013:

Useful information and wonderful tips. thank you for sharing.

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on July 24, 2013:

Great advice! It always safe to take precautions when traveling anywhere alone, be ye male or female, even if it just a few miles away. At the very least make sure someone knows where you are going so they can check in if you don't reappear. Scary world out there, we have to take charge of our own safety sometimes. Voting up!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 24, 2013:

I traveled solo to Puerto Rica for two weeks, stayed in a great B&B. My family was worried to death, but I had a great time (wrote a Hub about that). I was just very cautious; didn't go out at night alone, but I had wonderful days shopping, going to the beach, etc.

Voted UP and shared.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2013:

Vicki, I would love to know where you've traveled. I don't care about the night life either. Thanks sp much for your comments.

Vickiw on July 23, 2013:

Good article, Pamela, and your tips are very useful. I have done a lot of solo travel, and didn't mind it in the least. One just has to be aware at all times, and most of my travel has been to more remote locations, and I think they are much safer. Of course you don't get the night life and glamour, but that isn't my style anyway. Oh, drinking alcohol can be quite dicey for women travelling alone. These days you don't even know what else might be in the drinks!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2013:

Nell Rose, I saw that movie also, and you are right. I didn't think about it when I was writing the hub. Thanks so much for your comments and the share.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2013:

epbooks, My first trip was business also, but here in the US in Portland. I loved it and I like to travel alone. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

Nell Rose from England on July 23, 2013:

Great advice Pamela, and I was going to say about people being too friendly when they see you on your own, but you mentioned it. I was watching the film Taken with liam neeson the other night, and the girls were being approached by a foreign guy who was really nice, turned out he was a trafficker, so its always best to just brush them off and say you are waiting for someone, voted up and shared, nell

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on July 23, 2013:

All great tips. The first time I traveled alone (where I wasn't visiting someone) was for a work conference. It is a bit shocking the first time, but the end, I loved it. In the beginning I felt silly eating by myself so I ate quickly and dodged. By day 3, I felt fine sitting in a fancy Italian restaurant all by myself and welcomed the alone time! I did run into some shady people, but I walked away before I was at any risk. Great hub Pamela- voted up!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2013:

Billy, My husband feels the same way. If one is traveling alone, even a man, I think some of the tips are helpful for safety. I appreciate your comment.s

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2013:

Natashalh, I think plannin and a little paranoia is probably healthy. Thanks for sharing your feelings and your comments.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 23, 2013:

Good tips, Pamela! I am a bit old-fashioned, and as such the idea of a lone woman traveling to foreign lands makes me very nervous. That is why this article is so important.

Natasha from Hawaii on July 23, 2013:

Really good advice! I've done a fair amount of solo traveling and I always feel like I'm being a bit paranoid, but so far I've stayed safe so I guess my planning and paranoia has paid off!

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