Women travel alone for a variety of reasons. They may want to explore new locations, discover new business opportunities, or simply take some time to be on their own to relax and rejuvenate. However, when it comes to safety and security, women do face greater obstacles than men do. From the culture shock, to petty crime, and more serious issues, it pays to be prepared when taking a solo trip abroad. Below are four tips that can help female travellers to ensure the experience is fun, and safe.
1. Study a Map
If you have a planned itinerary for your trip, it pays to do as much as you can to scout out the area before you arrive. Look for advice on the neighbourhoods that should be avoided, and find out where the best places are to do the things that you enjoy. By studying a map, you won’t just get your bearings, you’ll also be able to see where important buildings, like the embassy and police stations, are. You might also want to download maps to your phone instead of carrying a paper version – nothing signals ‘lost tourist’ more than a paper map.
2. Consider a ‘Travel Buddy’
If you are going on an extended trip, you might want to consider getting a travel buddy. Sometimes you will be able to meet up with people with like minded interests on excursions, or whilst taking day trips. You may also be able to befriend other tourists when travelling on public transport. However, you can also use websites to find like minded people who will be travelling at the same time as you. Not only can a travel companion help you feel safer, but they can also provide company for those lonelier days.
3. Research the Local Dress Codes
If you are travelling to a popular tourist destination, such as the Costa Del Sol, or Cancun, you likely don’t need to worry about the local dress codes. However, in some offbeat locations as well as religious countries like Morocco, it’s wise to know what is and isn’t appropriate. This doesn’t mean that you need to dress all ethnic (in fact, we advise that you don’t), but it does mean that you may have to cover certain parts of your body up in order to be respectful.
4. Ensure Your Phone Will Work
A large percentage of the population relies on their mobile phone for everything from making calls to surfing the internet and replying to emails. When travelling abroad, you’ll want to know that your phone will work so that you can keep in touch with those you love, as well as research information on your destination. Some network providers enable you to use your phone abroad, and many will offer phone and data packs for other countries. Alternatively, you may want to look into getting your phone unlocked before you travel, and then purchasing a local SIM card when you arrive at your destination.
Solo travel can be a lot of fun, but by planning ahead, you can improve your safety as well.
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