How to Solo Travel as a Female
More than often I travel solo on all my trips. I personally enjoy traveling "sans persons" as it gives me the opportunity to focus on myself and take time to reconnect. It's always a great idea to be cautious when traveling alone especially as a female. Safety is a priority to me, second being luxury add-ons of course. Without further ado here's a guide on how I'm able to travel solo safely as a female.
Always Carry a Phone
Although I’ve never had to use my phone for a legitimate emergency situation, I do appreciate knowing I've always got a way to get help in the occurrence that one does happen. Not only can phones be used for calls and texts but they are great for Gps and other apps for last minute hotel bookings, bus routes, and dining options. Sites like Mobal.com offer international phones that work in over 190+ countries. They offer three different phone options starting at $49.00 USD. Another option is to have an unlocked phone and to purchase a sim card at the airport of the country that I'm traveling to.
Research Before Leaving
I’m a strong believer in "going with the flow" however when it comes to safety, not as much.
I spend hours on hours simply researching a destination before deciding to book a trip. Even after I book a trip I'll spend more time looking into the area I'll be residing in, precautions, and locations I should stay away from. When I do travel to a destination that I'm not familiar or comfortable with I'll always look into getting a reputable travel guide or tour guide.
Lock it Up
My biggest piece of advice I could give to any traveler, male or female, is to buy a lock or two. I own locks for lockers, backpacks, suitcases, and electronics. It’s very easy to get pick-pocketed while traveling in crowded cities, and females are easily targeted. With locks on my carry on luggage, I'm able to sleep in peace on trains, planes, and buses knowing that all my valuables will be there when I wake.
Traveling is a great way to meet new people and share experiences with locals. Unfortunately, it's also a great way to meet people that could be of danger. To keep it on the safe side I try to stick to places that are populated or crowded so if anything were to happen it wouldn't go unnoticed. Another tip is to try and venture to places that females tend to flock to avoid unwanted situations. When staying in hostels and capsule hotels I'm sure to book accommodations that are females only or at least have separate living quarters for males and females.
These tips are meant to be used as a guide and they do not guarantee anyone's safety however it certainly doesn't hurt to add them to a travel routine.