Solo Female travel is a powerful route towards self discovery, building independence and most importantly having a lot of fun.
Female Solo travel is enjoyable, but scary and can be tough to get used to. Lets face it, you’re jumping into the deep end.
For guys solo travel is much easier compared to many additional challenges solo female travel has to face along the way. You have to be more aware of some extra areas. So guys, you have no excuses! For girls its still totally possible, read on and discover the best way to go about it.
More recently I’ve crossed paths with solo female travellers that have shared with me empowering stories that they share to inspire other females to get out there and explore the world. So I thought I’d ask one of my favorite solo female travel bloggers Linda Broos, from Linda and the people and share her advice with you all.
Solo travel advice for female travellers by Linda Broos
Thank you Dave for letting me share my personal experience with your readers of travel Dave and hopefully help more females to see the world travel alone and give female solo travel ago. If you are a guy reading this, its still valuable information, so you can be in the know and be fully aware of how difficult travelling solo as a female traveller can be.
Most articles about female solo travel online, talk about taking away the initial fear you first have whilst travelling as a woman. Let me help you first to take away that fear, this can then form the foundations towards the fun part of solo travel (which is often forgotten about, but most important!).
crime and assault.
This is the biggest fear for most solo female travellers. Let me make this clear; Yes, there are bad guys in the world, but there are loads of good guys too. It’s sad that the bad guys give the good guys a bad reputation, but that’s what it comes down to, trust.
You can find bad guys in any culture, even in your home country, travel smart and you can avoid these encounters. Such as, avoid walking down dark alleys at night, use your common sense.
Be aware that media sources, mostly project a negative image of the world that fuels fear reporting on frightening stories, they have to sell newspapers and this shock factor sells. Instead, get the important travel advice updates you need to know from sources such as FCO know before you go and surround yourself by female traveller bloggers, who travel full time as a solo female traveller. You soon discover that the risk isn’t as high as you would initially think.
However, some countries have higher risk factors for Female solo travellers for example India. Do your research before you go to a country or ask for advice from other solo traveling women.
I will be lonely.
Yes, it may happen that you will be lonely at some point. This happens to most travelers. But also this will pass. It’s just an emotion, and like all emotions they come and go. I haven’t heard a single girl that experienced the feeling of being lonely for days or weeks while traveling. Just know that a bad day of feeling lonely can occur. Luckily, you are a strong woman, you can deal with this.
I can’t do it on my own.
You’re never alone. There are always people around you who you can ask for help when you need it. At the airport, on the streets, in the hostel, everywhere! In the backpacking community everybody helps each other out, because most of them are traveling alone as well!
Next to that, if you use your intelligence and common sense you will get around everywhere. The fun part of travel is the adventure of exploring a new place and the gratifying when you can manage it yourself.
You will discover a different side of yourself you didn’t know before.
Be realistic as well; never was there a person stuck at a station or an airport for weeks because they didn’t know where to go. Things will always work out.
I’m afraid I will not make friends.
Especially in the backpacking world, everyone wants to make friends. Nobody wants to be alone all the time. There are loads of social activities you can meet people. Put yourself out there and people will come to you.
Don’t forget advantages we have that men won’t have! Yes, sometimes we are more vulnerable while travelling, but let’s not forget our strongest features. We ladies can have travel experiences that are unique and that are different from guys.
Us girls know how to work it. Look out for ladies themed nights at bars which are frequently held around the world where you can get free entry and free drinks, why not! Use what you can, can be a fun night with your new hostel buddies. Just make sure you never leave your drinks alone by the side of the bar, if you have a bottle, get into the habit of keeping your thumb on the top, always think ahead and avoid nasty situations.
Female only facilities
No loud snoring men. No dirty, sweaty boxers. No creepy stares when you are changing your outfit. Just being among your fellow travelling girls can be a relief. In the female dorm we can gossip about guys, share emotions with someone who will truly understand you and borrow clothes and make-up. Ladies only bathrooms aren’t as dirty as shared ones (sorry guys!). Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of girl time.
You’re not the only solo female traveller out there.
On the road you will meet adventurous girls like yourself who share the same mindset.
Guy friends are fun to have, but sometimes you will need a friend who wants to go shopping and have a deep chat over coffee. A friend who will understand the struggles of looking for precious tampons in a third world country (Malaysia!). A female that will share gossip and have deep conversations with you.
Us travelling ladies can have a connection together on another level like known other, when you share a part of your journey with someone else it becomes A special moment and you can create a bond that will last a lifetime, now that’s a special type of friendship worth creating.
The Novelty factor of female solo travel
There are more guys travelling solo compared to girls. For the locals, it’s interesting to see a girl from another culture, travelling solo, its new to them in most cases. I found that women from other cultures are interested and very approachable, if you are travelling alone. It will open doors for you where no man has gone before. Like having a cup of tea with Arabian women or be invited to go Sari shopping with the Sri Lankan girls (That’s the fun part I mentioned!).
It’s true that as a girl you are at a higher risk than a man unfortunately. But on the other hand, you are going to be considered as a bad-ass girl who dares to travel the globe and isn’t held back by the so-called dangers ahead.
Solo female travellers are considered strong, independent and attractive women who love adventure.
Ladies, dare to explore the world!
Maybe first a weekend trip to a neighboring country to get a bit of experience. You have to start somewhere. In the end the best advice I can give you is; stop worrying and just go, take action and stop dreaming!
Only by travelling yourself, you will experience the truth of travelling as a solo female traveller.