To be brutally honest traveling solo as a woman can be dangerous – particularly in some parts of the world. Staying safe is not always easy. Not only are women tourists who are alone a prime target for crime, but there can also be other risks for solo women as well.
That being said, there are a few measures that you can take to stay safe when traveling alone.
Be aware of the risks and potential dangers
The more you’re aware of any risks, the safer you can be. Not only should you look at travel advisory information for safety and crime, but also other aspects such as local laws, customs and cultural differences that may affect you because you’re a woman. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can start to make plans.
Plan ahead and be prepared
Based on what you know about your destination you can plan ahead. That includes deciding where you’re going to stay, the places you’re going to visit, and how you’re going to get around. It is also crucial that you prepare for the worst case scenario and bring some extra cash, copies of important documents, and other useful items that you may need in a pinch.
If possible try not to take any more than the essentials when you’re traveling alone as it will reduce your risk of being a target of theft. Assuming you are carrying around a handbag, try to find one that has zips and can maybe even be locked shut – and then keep it in front of you and in sight at all times. Remember the more you look like a wealthy tourist, the more attractive a target you are. More Packing Tips from Women Travel
Learn from other women travelers
One way to really get a good idea of any potential risks when you travel to a new destination is by learning from other women who have traveled there. Women Travel Blog is a great resource. There are also countless travel videos easily available online, using them as a resource is highly recommended.