What Are Top Tips For Solo Female Travelers For 2023?

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Are you looking for solo female travel tips and advice? Then you’ve come to the right place. As well as traveling as a family, Craig and I also take some time to travel solo as well.

Of course, we love traveling together with our girls, but there is something so freeing and rewarding about traveling alone.

caz sitting on bench smiling in kardamyli
Traveling solo in Peloponnese Greece

Solo travel teaches you a lot about yourself. It allows you to have headspace when things are stressful, it allows you to connect deeper to a country’s culture and way of life, and you get the chance to meet other solo travelers and make new travel friends.

But if you’re new to solo travel, or you’re thinking of taking your first solo adventure, then you may be in need of practical advice about safety and where to go to get your feet wet.

Solo Female Travel Safety Tips

Female Solo Travel Tips

1. Don’t think about the possible dangers

There are a million things that can go wrong, whether you are traveling solo or not. In fact, there are a million things that can go wrong in your life just by stepping out the front door.

But, that doesn’t stop you from getting on with your life right? Well don’t do the same when you are traveling solo. My following two tips will help you overcome any potential problems and keep you safe.

Most of the things you worry about never happen. Just believe in your own power. You can overcome any challenge. Now it’s time to focus on the rewards you’ll get from your female solo travel experience instead.

2. Be Aware

Keep your wits about yourself and your surroundings at all time. Spend time looking around you and taking note of what you see. Be present in every moment. This will help alert you to any potential dangers.

Most of the time problems arise because we aren’t present and paying attention.

3. Trust your intuition

woman walking on nafplio coastal path
Walking where there are lots of people

Your intuition always knows best. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. The only time things have gone wrong in my life is when I have ignored my intuition. I’m talking about major financial disasters!

There is a reason why you get that unsettled feeling in your stomach when you meet that strange person on the beach.

Don’t freak yourself out by imaginary monsters, but definitely pay attention to those little messages our animal instincts give us.

4. Walk assertively and confidently

When I was in Grade 9 we did a self-defence course for sport at school. I don’t really remember how to flip someone over in a death roll if they were to attack me, but I do remember a very wise preventative piece of advice they drummed into us.

Always walk assertively and confidently. If you do this potential scam artists and attackers will leave you alone.

They only prey on those who are vulnerable. Walk with your head held high, and confidently greet people and look them in the eye. I have done this many times when I have felt afraid, and it instantly made me feel very strong and brave.

5. Let people know of your plans

This is especially important for solo women travelers. When you are travelling with someone else, there is someone to help watch over you. Not the case when you travel solo.

Tell people you know and trust where you are going and when. With today’s communication portals this can involve something as quick as an email, facebook message, twitter update or Skype call.

6. Talk to people

caz with jordanian woman
Beautiful Ameena from Jordan

Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers, to make new friends and to travel with those new friends. I used to go out on my own in Dublin, because I wanted to meet new people. I always had someone to talk to and had wonderful nights out.

I also made plenty of new friends travelling through various countries. I made an effort to talk to strangers, and travel with them. I was never afraid to do so.

7. Keep your wits about yourself

I traveled in South America as a solo female traveller and it was absolutely fine. I also met quite a few other solo female travellers who had done the same.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, if you keep your wits about you, make sensible decisions for your personal safety, and are lucky to not be in the wrong place at the wrong time, then you can travel wherever you like and be ok.

It is just a case of getting over those initial fears and just going for it.

8. Get a doorstop and whistle

If you’re worried about people breaking into your room at night, there are a few small items you can take with you to protect yourself and also make you feel at ease.

Get a doorstop from a hardware store – cheap, lightweight way to wedge your door shut at night if you have a solo room and

You can also get a safety whistle, which has gotten me out of trouble (monkeys chasing me up a hill, getting stuck in a night train’s bathroom, etc) many a time.

9. Keep your valuables locked in a safe

If your hotel or hostel comes with a locker or safe, make sure you use it to lock up your valuable possessions.

If you use a safe, make sure to change the code so that it’s unique to you and only you can access it.

Bring a padlock with you to lock up your bags in a locker in a hostel, or worse comes to worse, lock you bag.

10. Get Uber instead of taxis


Uber, and other taxi apps and ride-sharing apps such as Bolt or Grab, is a great way to ensure you stay safe when you need a taxi.

Not only can you share your ride with friends or family, but you can also follow the route your driver is taking as you drive.

Just make sure to confirm the license plate and identity of the driver before you get in.

11. Update your social media regularly

Let friends and family know you are safe by keeping them updated on social media.

Sharing an Instagram story or Twitter post every other day ensures your friends and family that you’re well.

Be sure to tell people beforehand how often you plan to post, so they know if you stop posting, then they can see this as a red flag.

12. Don’t flash your camera

caz looking at sunset at minaret vista mammoth
Minaret Vista, Mammoth

If you have an expensive camera, don’t walk around with it hanging from your neck displaying how wealthy you are.

Keep it in its bag until you need to use it.

Solo Female Travel Tips About Destinations

bike riding Snowmass Rio Grande trail

13. Visit a destination with a similar culture

For your first country abroad as a chick, one of the safest places to travel alone is going somewhere the culture (and language) is similar to your own.

I don’t care how much you prepare, or how much you have traveled with others before, that first trip will be difficult and going somewhere you can figure your head out and not have to worry about a language barrier is key.

For me, it was England. I was cranky, confused, doubtful and scared as all hell, but at least I could order a sandwich without too much confusion.

Read these suggestions for best places to travel alone as a woman

14. Study Abroad for your first female solo travel experience

A good first solo travel experience is a studying abroad experience. Places in Europe make for a great place to study since the universities are excellent and the culture is easy to settle into.

You also get to meet other students and likeminded people, so you’re never really alone.

15. Know your adventure threshold

Yoga during sunrise at Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Figure out your adventure threshold, take a deep breath and go for it!

And I definitely would recommend Australia for a carefree single woman traveler. I had such a blast there as a newly-single early 20-something.

There are also so many outdoor adventures in Australia from hiking, diving, white water rafting, ziplining…you name it.

I think it depends on what kind of a person you are more than anything else, though. Are you gutsy and adventurous, or more reserved and cautious?

16. Western Europe is easy for the solo female traveler

caz sitting in front of the Parthenon in Athens
Greece is an easy destination

Probably anywhere in western Europe are the best destinations for solo female travelers. I have traveled to the UK many times solo and it’s so easy to get around with trains, subway/metro/bus/tram in nearly every city, etc.

Most of Europe is the same, although some places may be a little bit more hassle if you don’t speak the language.

But places that cater to tourists always have people who speak English so it’s not a huge deal; just learn a few key phrases before you go.

There are tons of young people that travel to Europe every year so it’s especially good for younger solo women, very easy to meet people and make friends.

Western Europe, in general, has really low crime rates (have to watch out for pickpockets in some places, but that’s what a money belt is for!)

A really good way to meet people is to go on a backpacker’s tour, which is designed for younger, independent travelers.

I did a MacBackpackers tour of Scotland during my trip and met some really awesome people I still keep in touch with.

17. Learn some practical safety tips

Da Nang City and Ba Na Mountains as seen from Ban Co Peak viewpoint at sunset, Vietnam.
Da Nang City and Ba Na Mountains, Vietnam.

For many, the first time travelling alone is to Thailand. You can easily spend one month and more in Thailand, followed by time in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Southeast Asia is generally very safe but it can be busy and chaotic, especially in the cities like Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh.

Here are some ways to make you feel at ease in Southeast Asia

– When I walked around alone I wore long trousers and a t-shirt.
– I never lose sight of my baggage, especially on the beach.
– When I left my bags in my hotel room I locked it with little locks.
– I wore my shoulder bag always in front of me and not on my back.

So I would say Thailand is very good for solo female traveller. You learn a lot about yourself, its very important to trust yourself and your gut! That’s a nice experience and makes you stronger!

I think Thailand, Burma, Laos and the Philippines are each ideal places to start traveling alone as a woman.

While cautious about certain things (dressing appropriately, not drinking much and of course never leaving a drink unattended), they are receptive countries where people treat you with respect. And places where a big smile goes a long way.

18. Be confident and alert

My first solo female travel experience was my study abroad in Sydney. It was perfect, it helped a lot that I already spoke the language as some people said above.

I always recommend a zipped shoulder bag for traveling and to more or less just be aware of your surroundings.

When you are walking at night look up at the faces of people that pass you and if you see someone around you look at them so they know you are alert.

19. New Zealand is a friendly and easy destination

moutnains and lake new zealand

New Zealand is probably one of the friendliest and easiest countries for a first-time backpacker! It’s really easy to get around, there are loads of great hostels, and the people are so friendly!

20. Listen to those who have been before you

woman posing for a photo in front of a brick wall while holding onto a luggage cart
Staying safe in London

It’s such a relief to know that London is a great place to start as a solo female traveler.

The one piece of advice I have is to ONLY listen to those who have been to the places you’re going. Because they truly know what it’s like.

I’ve had so many people say to me “you have to be so careful there they’ll steal your bags and try to rape you” and i ask them “oh when you were you in London?” and then have never been and yet those who have been say it’s great.

21. Be aware of when you are most vulnerable

inside royal car jordan
Share taxis

I found that the time you are most vulnerable is whenever you are first arriving somewhere. Not just in the country, but in a new town/city.

You have usually just stepped off a plane/train/bus and are tired, have a big heavy backpack or suitcase and are unsure of where you are going. So my tip for a solo female traveller is to always plan for your arrivals.

Book a hostel/hotel in advance just for that first night if you can so you have somewhere to head to. This will make you walk around with confidence and purpose, which makes you look less of a target.

It also means that you can spend your time figuring out the important stuff like getting there, rather than where to get to. And it saves you from getting involved with dodgy touts.

In notoriously dangerous cities or countries, pre-arrange a transfer or ask your hostel in advance for some local advice about getting a taxi. Not all taxis are safe.

Or get chatting to other backpackers on your train/bus/plane and see if you can share a taxi with them!

22. Don’t be naive or paranoid

My first solo trip was also Europe… I didn’t find any problems! Have your wits about you, don’t be naive, but also don’t be paranoid.

I found the most paranoid travellers ALWAYS had something go wrong!

Other Top Tips for Solo Female Travelers

caz sitting in front of ruins in citadel amman
The Citadel, Amman

Below are some other words of advice I have for solo female travelers. This can be to help eleviate some worries or combat loneliness.

23. Get a Journal or a Blog

You will be having the time of your life, but a few years from now you may struggle to remember the smaller details.

Get a journal, or start a little travel blog, to document your trip so you can look back on it for years to come.

24. Stay in hostels

Hostels are not only the most cost effective place to stay for solo travelers but they are also a great way to meet people.

If you’re introvert, you can find staying in hostels allows you to break out of your comfort zone and meet some likeminded people.

25. Pack light

Standard Luggage carryon backpack
Light and comfortable

Save your back years of pain, and pack light. Most of the time, you will find half the things you pack will never see daylight.

Carry half as many clothes as you think you need, and use a small carry on bag. Only carry the travel essentials, and you can always buy more things when you get there.

I recommend a 40L backpack. You can read my review on Standard Luggage carry on and the Tortuga carry on backpack.

26. Download Google Translate

This is the most valuable app for travelers as it allows you to communicate with locals who cannot speak your language.

Google Maps is the second most important app. You should make sure to download the map of the city you are staying in so you have access to information when you don’t have wifi.

27. Keep your devices charged

battery charging

You never know when there may be a power out, or you get to a hotel room and the plugs don’t work. Trust me, it happens.

Any opportunity you get to charge your batteries, take it!

28. Read travel blogs

Of course, I’m a bit biased here, but there is a reason why we started YTravel Blog.

Travel bloggers started writing about travel to share their knowledge, experience, and helpful tips.

Most of the time, bloggers have been to the places they write about, or have done in-depth research, so you know the advice is going to be useful.

It also helps to read a few guides from different travel bloggers as each will have a different opinion or idea for a place.

29. Make a bucket list but be flexible

One thing we always find when we visit a place is that there is never enough time, or something happens, that means we cannot see and do everything.

Sometimes, you might just be too tired.

It’s always a good idea to have a list of things you want to see and do, but know that it’s ok not to complete everything.

30. Plan down time

It’s easy to be go-go-go when you’re traveling, so make sure you plan relaxing days too.

Whether you start your day with a morning yoga, a slow coffee, or simply have a lie in, it’s ok.

Travel is tiring, and sometimes you need to recharge yourself.

Final Thoughts On Female Solo Travel Tips

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Happy in Jordan

While most of my travel around the world has been done with Craig, my first adventures saw me setting off into the untamed wilderness on my own. It was liberating and fun.

Traveling solo helped me to get to know myself, build my confidence, overcome shyness, and fall in love with life. Many women may feel afraid to travel alone.

Don’t be! You’ll never be lonely when you travel.

I recommend sole female travel to every woman young or old! I hope these tips helped you feel at ease and get excited about those first solo female travel trips!

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79 thoughts on “What Are Top Tips For Solo Female Travelers For 2023?”

  1. Great article. I just did a months solo tour in Turkey and every day, hubby was insistent that I call him and give him hotel addresses etc. It was actually nice to know that he had my back even though he was not with me.

    Christine mentioned clothing and I think that is a big factor as well.

    I had one bad incident at the beginning of the tour which shook me up really bad however I focused on the fact that 99% of the people that I met in life are honest, decent and just want to help others and make new friends.While there is a small chance of bad things happening, I agree with you that paranoid people will cause more problems for themselves

    1. Craig can get a bit like that with myself if I travel on my own, like I’ve never travelled before 🙂
      you have to focus on the large chance that nothing will happen and you’ll have the time of your life

  2. I’ve always travelled with friends but was keen to try Japan on my own for just a week. It was fabulous. I squeezed about a months worth of travel into 1 week but I just could not get over how helpful and friendly the people were. I was always guided in the direction even without understanding a word I was saying lol. I felt completely safe the whole time. My tips for fast and safe solo travelling in Japan would be…

    Always source the tourist info centre first (where they have english speakers) and get all the info you desire and go from there. Remember where it is, incase you need to go back.

    Make sure you have nutritious snacks on hand at all times, noone else can grab you a quick sugar fix to keep you moving.

    Make yourself familiar with the transportation system, study the maps as much as you can before you go.

    My friends couldn’t believe I was going on my own but I was really looking forward to the challenge without speaking the language. I managed to fly into to Tokyo and get to Kyoto and Hiroshima by bullet train in a week. I also didn’t drink very much as as I have a bit of a habit of time wasting with hangovers hehe If I kept thinking like my friends, I would never get to go anywhere. Why should I miss out just because I don’t have a partner in crime? If by chance something bad did happen, at least I was going down having the time of my life. Not sitting at home wondering 🙂

  3. I had always traveled with my ex, and after we broke up, I still wanted to travel. I just completed my first solo 7 month backpack trip through South East Asia – and it was AMAZING. I found hostels to be the safest and best place to meet people, and I met so many awesome, inspiring, other solo female travelers at hostels. We were all having unbelievable experiences and it was so inspiring to chat and form friendships. My strongest advise – Just do it. Get out there. Don’t be afraid to travel alone. You will meet people, you will grow so much, and your life will be transformed.

    1. Awesome Julie!! Thanks so much for sharing your positive experience- it is so valuable to those women who are a little nervous to travel on their own. It can be done safely and with lots of fun!

    2. Dear Julie,

      I just found this blog and wish to thank you for your back-up. Just do it.
      This year I will travel with my ex-husband because I do not know anyone else to travel with at the moment. And I thougt that if I’d decided to travel alone it would be really the end of our friendship (which is a very good left-over from our marriage).
      But next year I really wish to go my own way throughout the world.

  4. I love traveling solo though it definitely takes a little extra planning – for example, when you’re alone, losing your ATM card, money, credit cards, etc can be a bigger concern because you don’t have anyone to spot you. I suggest never keeping your cards in the same place – for example, keep an ATM card in your day bag, but keep an extra credit card in a hidden pocket in your luggage. You also want to make sure you make photocopies of the front and back of all of your important documents and cards and keep copies in a couple of different hidden places – make sure you leave a copy with people back home – if you have your stuff stolen, then call home and have your friends give you the numbers to cancel your cards. I recently travelled solo to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. The hardest place to be alone was Vietnam, but mainly b/c I wasn’t sure when I was getting ripped off and I was willing to pay *extra* money to stay in hotels that felt safer – My trip was 6 weeks total and I found it fun to balance having a few days doing random things followed by a couple of days with planned excursions – for example, I did a 3 day scuba diving trip and also a 3 day gibbon experience – those things give you a nice break from having to be vigilant every minute and are great ways to make friends and travelling buddies as well as to meet other solo travellers

    1. I also started using those “pay as you go” debit / credit cards where you can refill them as you travel (here in the US Greendot is one). Not only gives you spare money in case something goes wrong, but I’ve found it’s also good to use on a day to day basis because it’s not your primary acct if the number gets stolen!!! Limited money and limited damages they can cause.

  5. Wow, great tips for solo female travelers! I agree with each and every one of them…Being aware of the moment is a great one because listening to yourself and environment is key! Walk with confidence and don’t look like a weakling – you’re right, you are less prone to getting scammed that way 🙂 Essentially, use your street smarts! ;0 Great post loved every word of it!

    Cathy Trails

  6. Brennan Basnicki

    Hi Caz,

    Great article!

    I think there are a lot of potential obstacles for anyone travelling solo. While you may want to be solo for the majority of your trip, why not try some of the social networks to meet people when travelling? I’m obviously going to recommend my network here, http://www.mysocialpassport.com, but there are other great ones two, CouchSurfing, TravBuddy, and so on.

    On these site you can meet others travelling and other habitants of cities. Why get a guide when you can meet someone local?

    Basically by joining MySocialPassport or other travel social networks it gives you a few more options. I know I always prefer to eat and drink with company, and these sites can be great for that

  7. My first solo trip was in Europe and then I went again. Finally I’d the courage to see South America. Coming from Asia, it definitely takes a lot of courage to do all these on my own as girls here don’t dare to venture out all alone.

    I must say girl traveler has all the help she needs and am lucky to have met many nice people in both continents.

  8. @ Vickie – I did a private tour guide in Thailand and Vietnam with my fiance this past year and we had an amazing experience. I think it’s a great way to go and a great way to get to know a new city in a foreign country. Obviously maybe our experiences might have been a little different than a woman going solo, but nonetheless a worthwhile effort and congrats for doing so.

  9. The best thing to do as a solo traveler is to stay alert. Look around constantly, while keeping an air of confidence about you. Thieves look for easy prey, such as people who have had too much to drink or who seem disoriented or lost. If you notice a single person or a group of people staring at you, move away quickly, but discretely.

  10. I’ve also been traveling solo, but no where nearly as long as you have! I love the advice that s given on this site, and I will incorporate it into my futur travels! I’ve recently launched a travel blog with a fashion twist and very interesting stories! Please check it out at firstlooksecondhand.blogpot.com Thank you and happy traveling! 🙂

  11. I don’t know if I would travel alone out of the United States if I was a woman. I hear all the time of bad things, and I know there are ways to stay safe. However, I think the best way would just be to bring someone along with you.

    1. Boyde! The world is so much safer than the news and other people would have you believe. I’ve been travelling since 97 and have never had a problem. And I’ve travelled to areas that have been deemed “unsafe” When you get there you realize that most of it is hype. The people are lovely and are often looking out for you. If you look around your own country and listen to the news you’ll see just how unsafe it is to step outside of your front door everyday. At the end of the day you have to do what you feel most comfortable doing.

  12. What a great article and an important one at that. There needs to be confidence instilled in woman to be able to travel alone. I also traveled to Turkey alone and I had a good time but I was always aware of my surroundings and dressed modestly. It is a conservative country and I feel that there is a huge stigma against female travelers with a western charisma that people tend to see negatively towards in other parts of the world. Great advice from the comments as well ~ thank you!!!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Susan. I think confidence and being aware of your surroundings is so essential… for any traveller. And yes women have to be more cautious to dress modestly, especially in certain countries. It sucks that life is like that, but that’s just the way it is so do it and keep yourself safe.

  13. Sam @ Holiday-n-Adventure

    Older female travellers who are nervous about venturing too far afield on their own may prefer to travel in group. There are lots of tour companies organising singles holidays around the world for female travellers from all kinds of backgrounds. They group together anything from 5 to 15 single travelers from around the world who wish to go to say Japan, Cuba, Africa, South America etc. for a month or whatever under the guidance and support of a tour guide. Good way of meeting friends and having an adventure at the same time, and with most of the activities being optional you can still retain a certain amount of independence.

  14. Great tips Caz, I’m looking forward to a Solo trip one of these days.. I am a little worried as I’m so used to travelling with my Husband but this is a great article with a lot of great tips instilling confidence and reminding women that this isnt the dark ages, it is safe for us to travel alone.

  15. Ok! This is it…. HU! thank you so much for the great tips for Solo traveler… Now I feel so excited and less afraid hehehe.. My first stop will be Krabi… Good luck to me 🙂

  16. Very comprehensive tips! A lot of my readers who want to travel solo don’t do so because of their fears, and I always refer them to my safety tips. I believe, too, that trusting your instinct (and using common sense) is one major way to avoid being victimized on the road.

  17. Hello you wonderfull travelling females.

    I am impressed for your gutz!
    And really wish to say that Europe is no problem at all for you to visit alone!
    I live here, been in a lot of cities and places throughout Europe and whenever one of you will visit The Netherlands and need some help or a place to sleep then contact me via [email protected].

    Kindest regards,


  18. great article! Something I found helpful when traveling alone was to buy a cheap costume ring and wear it on my left ring finger. When people assume you’re married, it really cuts down the harassment from male strangers.

  19. Yes allot of things to take care of and careful at when traveling solo as a girl, though we realize that it is unfair as I don’t see why a girl should be more vulnerable than a man, when it should be the same for anyone.

  20. Very informative tips.

    I am also a solo woman traveler and first time I am planning for a trip to USA. I have to enjoy the music festival in Austin city, Texas.

    I was looking for some travel guidance to visit Austin city. I collected some information from,


    Still I was looking for some more guidelines. I have heard some good review about the Austin city.

    Caz, if have visited Austin city then can you please suggest me some tips. Please.

    1. I have only visited Austin for a day so don’t have a lot of tips. It is a fabulous city. We had lunch and a few drinks at the Hula hut down on the lake. It was pretty awesome there so I recommend that. I hope you have a great time

  21. I live near Dallas and have visited Austin.. Not a typical southern USCity because of so many people coming here from all over the world. More cosmopolitan than most of Texas. great Texas history,Great Tex Mex Food. for spice of Austin visit 7th street at night for great food and real sense of Texas night lift. welcome to Texas-and the USA. Il be taking my 1st solo RTW trip this fall. So excited.

    1. Totally agree. We loved Austin. We had a brief stay but it was enough to want to go back. Enjoy your first solo trip. You’ll love it

  22. European Explorer

    Great tips especially walking with purpose and looking people in the eye. I took my first solo trip to Germany. I did learn the language before I went but most spoke English. Once I got that first solo trip out of the way, the past three trips to Europe have been solo and I looooove it so much. You just have to force yourself to go out, meet and talk to people and enjoy it.

  23. While they sometimes get a bad rap as not being “real travel”, starting with an all-inclusive Caribbean resort vacation was fantastic for me. Knowing that all the details like transportation to and from the airport and meals were taken care of meant I could spend some time adjusting to the unique nature of solo travel, care-free. It was a great way to practice eating alone, using a hotel safe, and talking to strangers, knowing all the while that my location was secure, that my maid would look for me each morning, and that staff who spoke my language were readily available.

    Having that under my belt made my decision to travel solo to Rome the next year SO much easier! I was already comfortable navigating an airport solo, staying in a hotel, and ordering food in a foreign language – and so I felt way safer branching out to take public transit, wander the streets, and explore the city on my own.

    I can’t recommend beginning all-inclusive enough – it’s affordable (especially if you can book last-minute), safe, easy, and a great footing to launch a lifetime of adventurous solo travel from.

  24. If you have not yet traveled alone, try traveling in your own country first. This will give you a better sense of self. Many of the same dangers and adventures are lurking just around the corner and you don’t have to travel across the pond to experience solo travel. Stay in hostels, meet new people, rent a car, explore. You will find your personal travel style and then when you go to another country you won’t feel as intimidated by the fact that you are solo and then you can enjoy yourself more. Worked wonders for my confidence and sense of independence when I was younder and now I can travel anywhere knowing that I can handle it.

  25. Hi Caz, this is an awesome piece for women traveling. I have been reading a few and it seems that all the other pieces of advice on the internet for women scare them into ‘being safe’.

    Consequently, they are suggested to avoid conversation and to travel in fear.

    Your piece really encourages women to fully enjoy their trip (while still being aware of their environment!) which I believe is the best way to go. Kudos 😉

  26. I always recommend this to both guys and gals traveling solo: Make sure you stay at hostels!! Sometimes traveling solo can get lonely after a while, staying at hotels or private rooms only makes it worse!! Make sure you stay at shared rooms at hostels and be friendly – some of my best memories are with total strangers I met at hostels!!

  27. Love this! My aim is always to look like I belong – so much so that I regularly get asked for directions on my first day in a new city! Obviously this doesn’t work for every place, but being confident and not being too ‘touristy’ especially in big cities definitely helps.

  28. I have just spent 12 months travelling around Ireland solo and I must say it is one of the best countries! Never once did I feel unsafe (that includes being in temple bar at 2am and walking around dublin city at night)

    For a first time country it’s brilliant the people are lovely and always willing to help and transport in the country is SOOOOO easy

  29. I have been traveling by myself all over the world for the past 25 years.( Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle-East, North America. Never had a bad experience.

    1-Trust your instinct, intuition, even if it doesn’t make sense at the time.
    2-Dress modestly
    3-Dont get drunk. ( I have, but I think I was just lucky.)
    4-Alway spend the money for a pre-arranged transfert and two nights in a good hotel for the first time you arrive somewhere you don’t know.
    5-Talk to other travelers like you.
    6-Many local people who helped me and treated me with kindness told me, “You are different because we know you respect us”

  30. Beautiful pics! Great article. Burma is definitely on my list of places to travel to. Happy that they’ve opened the doors so to speak, as such an amazing country should not have to be left unvisited. With things the way they are in Thailand right now – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27585297 – maybe more people will head to Burma. There is another article with more on Myanmar’s rich culture and heritage for fellow travellers to get to know it a bit better – http://www.travelindochina.com/blog-articles/welcome-to-burma – may be of interest.

  31. I like your tips and ideas but I just had a look at the tours by locals website and they tout that their costs are reasonable……..really…….at 4300 AUD for 6 days I don’t think so!

  32. Solo traveller would like to visit Hawaii not good with air travel so cruising would be great I would like to see more than Waikiki as its similar to Australia Gold Coast ? So I told .. More into a natural setting
    Advice to travel solo and cheaply ps not a spring chicken but young at heart

  33. This whole website is really helpful. I am graduating college in May and hopefully getting and internship/gap year in either England or Ireland and hoping to be able to travel throughout Europe etc. during that year. I am kind of nervous, having not been out of the country on my own, but also really excited for this opportunity. There is so much I want to see and do, and I feel now is the perfect time. I’m not tied down to any guy and I wont be tied down to a school or city. I want to hit all the major things like Paris and Rome etc. but also want to just take a back road and see where it takes me. I’m a photographer so of course I’m really excited for that aspect too. Look forward to reading more!

  34. great tips Kaz. I specially like your point about trusting your intuition, it’s the best compass! Also some people prefer to set out on journeys with other travelers. For those travelers, I’d like to share an awesome free resource so they can get out in the world and experience the planet in compnay of other amazing travelers: https://www.tripolette.com/

    I started Tripolette​ to help you find other travelers with similar plans and share trips together. It’s a great way to find relevant and quality travel companions. Happy safe travels everyone 🙂

  35. Great post! And great tips from a community of solo female travelers!

    My first solo trip was Mumbai. Totally intimidating beforehand, but it turned out to be the best trip I’ve taken. Lots of these women hit the nail on the head when they talked about the importance of trusting your intuition. I found it also important not to be afraid to trust a stranger. Sounds crazy, and I’m not talking jump in a car with someone you’ve asked directions from. But, anytime I was even slightly lost or confused, I found a kind soul to help me out or just have a conversation with! I love love love these moments the most about traveling!

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