Many women have certain fears of vulnerability while traveling out of the country. It is quite sad that women, in particular, feel that have to take extra precautions in order to protect themselves. The horror stories of abduction and theft should not deter you from traveling nor restrict you from enjoying your travels to the best of their ability. There are ways to stay safe while also not traveling in fear. Here are some basic thoughts to keep in mind when traveling solo in a different place.
Planning is key when traveling alone. You will not only be solely dependent on your choices but you will not have anyone else to fall back on. If that thought gives you anxiety, there are ways to ease those worries. There are programs for first-time solo travelers that pair you up with fellow female travelers. A resource to use would be Tourlina. This app is somewhat like Tinder but for female travel companions (without the date). The app connects you to fellow adventurers with similar interests and desired places of travel. You are able to meet up, share a journey, and feel much safer and supported during a trip.
Food is an essential component to travel. It connects you directly to the heart of the culture you have immersed yourself in. Do not hold yourself back from dining out because you are by yourself. Apply some simple rules to ensure that you be and feel safe. When in doubt, sit at the bar. The staff will always have an eye on you and the bartenders enjoy making tips so they might be open for some conversation. If you do not want to talk to others, bring a book or laptop to create your own personal bubble away from others – they will get the hint. Also, look at what the locals are eating! They could give you some good tips on what food to order.
Rules to Follow
Always, always go with what your gut is telling you. If something feels off, it probably is. Do not panic but just safely remove yourself from the uncomfortable situation. Travel in the daylight, it makes anyone feel more comfortable. Anytime you are walking by or doing anything, stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Take out your headphones and pay attention to who is around you and where you are.
These general tips can be applied anywhere that is a new place for you. Never live out of fear but take preventative measure to protect yourself and enjoy your fantastic adventure.