Being a female solo traveller definitely is liberating. As a female solo traveller, I would highly recommend everyone take a solo trip, I even wrote 22 reasons you should travel solo. However, there are some downsides and things that you would need to be weary of that male solo travellers may not have to. Here are 8 safety tips for female solo travellers.
PLAN YOUR DAYS
I am a huge fan of being spontaneous and getting lost in new places. However, its so much safer to plan your day and know where you will be all day, or at least the area that you will be in all day.
AVOID WALKING IN THE DARK/NIGHT
Probably a no brainer, but can definitely happen. You may be watching the sunset by the beach and then its time to head home and its dark. Make sure you know your route home so you’re not wandering around aimlessly or focused on your phone. Walk on well lit streets and avoid walking in alleyways and subways.
KEEP YOUR VALUABLES WELL HIDDEN
Pickpockets and robberies can happen anywhere, but they are so much less likely to happen if you are not flashing all goods. Make sure your purse is away in a zipped bag or pocket, but also don’t keep all your valuables in one place.
KEEP DETAILS OF WHERE YOU’RE STAYING WITH YOU
Most hotels and hostels will have business cards with the address on them. Grab one and keep it on you at all times. Just in case you get lost or your phone battery dies, you can always find your way home by asking locals (preferably people in uniform), how to reach your accommodation.
MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE ALWAYS HAS BATTERY
Phones are not just for cute selfies. They are great for navigating and communicating. I usually carry a power bank to avoid my battery dying, which is so handy when you’re going to be spending the whole day out. I personally have a large and small one, which I use depending on how long I plan to be out for, which I have linked below.
SHARE YOUR ITINERARY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT HOME
Forward your flights, hotel, tour etc. bookings with your close family or friends and when you can, update them on your itinerary. First, this will stop them from worrying about you and most importantly, someone will know roughly where you are in case of any trouble. God forbid, you get lost or go missing for some reason people know where to start looking.
DON’T SHARE YOUR TRAVEL DETAILS WITH STRANGERS
Never ever ever, go into detail about your plans. Yes, meeting people is great and you’ll make some amazing new friends. BUT. You should never share your full and detailed itinerary with anyone.
DON’T TELL PEOPLE YOU’RE TRAVELLING SOLO
Lastly, do not tell people you’re travelling solo. You may meet people in restaurants, markets etc., its best not to share with everyone you meet that you’re travelling solo. You never know people’s intentions, so it is best to keep that information to yourself.