With it being the year of influence and adventure some of us have our trips planned out, our bags at the ready and our adventurous hearts pumping for excitement!
Being a solo female traveller has to be one of the most stressful things for newbie travellers. Everyone’s telling all these horror stories, a friend of a friend had this happen to them, and all these things that you just don’t want to hear. I mean come on, this is hard enough already trying to gather the courage to travel alone.
17 Things Solo Female Travellers Need To Know
“The woman who does not require validation
from anyone is the most feared
individual on the
– Mohadesa Najumi
It’s not as scary as they say – I cannot even tell you how many times people tell me how dangerous travelling is. I remember someone telling me how I should never go to Thailand because it is so scammy and someone will kidnap you. I smiled a response and said, “I was just there. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve been to so far.”
You’re allowed to go shopping – I am a bad influence. I splurge a lot. I go months without buying myself anything and the next thing you know I’m dropping all this money on amazing things but you know what? You’ve earned it! You can splurge on whatever you want. Food, hotels, clothes, jewelry – Whatever you want to splurge on it’s okay.
Eat all the food – I know I can’t be the only one who looks at a Nutella covered crepe in envy and go, “Maybe I shouldn’t..” I always regret not eating the crepe. Eat the crepe. It’s amazing. No guilt allowed!
You’ll make friends – If you are willing. As a hardcore introvert and just all around shy I am proud to say I have been taking the leap and started having conversations with people who are staying in my room and such. Chances are if people are alone they won’t mind the company! I met a journalist in Budapest and we ended up going to the Szechenyi Baths together! For more about making friends like an adult check out dis post
Take a million photos – When I first started travelling I was sooooo embarrassed about all the photos I was taking. I thought people were judging me so my first two trips to Europe I barley took any! I spent 6 months in Australia and still no photos! Then once I realized that I am neverrrrrrr going to see these people again a switch flicked and I stopped caring about eyes watching me. They’ll forget about you!
Selfie shame – Don’t feel it. Take as many selfies as you want and if you can find a ledge and stick your camera on it even better. Hit a timer, and run!
Always bring Band-Aids – Blisters. Enough said.
Walk everywhere – I am not the best with figuring out public transport in other countries so I always end up walking everywhere simply because subways confuse me. But this way you get to see so much by walking! When you walk you find streets that you would have never known existed, cafes that are hidden gems, or little photo opportunities. Not to mention it burns off a sweet or two.
Update social media – Never go anywhere without telling anyone. It never hurts to play it safe and keep people in the loop so check in with family as often as you can.
Carry your purse across your chest – Not off your shoulder. If someone is going to steal a purse they are going to find the people who has the purse dangling off of them. It’s pretty hard to be a thief and try taking a purse from someone who has it over their chest. Would make them look silly. Always do things that make you less of a target!
Walk with purpose – Don’t walk around all confused like a lost duck. If you aren’t sure where you are, find a cafe and Google where you are going. This will save you uninvited attention but if you really need to it doesn’t hurt to find a lady and ask for help.
Screenshot directions – This will save you data and time. Screenshot your address with the streets names visible and you’re good! You won’t believe the amount of money you will save on data by simply screen shotting directions.
Act like a local – Keep your head high and confident while you travel.
Dress like a local – If you are in Paris dress like a Parisian! If you are in Greece dress like the Greeks do! Take advantage of cool culture style. It takes the tourist stamp off your back and you get to immures yourself in a new world.
Use Skype – I completely forgot about Skype’s existence until recently. It’s a fast, free way to stay in touch with family and friends! Use Skype to show them around your room as well I know my family used to love that. One time I was in a dorm with these guys and my mom answered the call with, “Hiiiiii Baby!” I got laughed at but it was cute.
Cafe’s over restaurants – Bring your laptop to a cafe and have a small meal there instead of rocking it alone at a restaurant. But don’t be shy about going somewhere to eat alone. As girls we like to feel comforted by having someone to eat with. At least in my experience. Ways to avoid this table for one scenario is to make a friend at the hotel or just get take out and eat somewhere else whether it be people watching on a bench or in the comfort of your room. But personally I prefer cafes! Less pressure.
Fake it –I know how to say a few phrases in French so if someone is bothering me in English I can just go “Je ne sais pas.” I don’t know. People usually leave me alone but also don’t be afraid to just say “No.” As girls we are taught to always be polite but a polite but firm “no thank” is totally fine.
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