Tips and Information for Women Traveling Alone

International Travel

More women of all ages are traveling alone now. Of course, some are widows or do not have anyone that can travel at a convenient time, but many women actually like to travel alone. Using commons sense and planning well ahead of time can give you a wonderful vacation.

There are many benefits for a woman who prefers to travel internationally alone. Of course, safety is always a primary consideration, but solo traveling is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and your capability to soldier on despite any problems.

The satisfaction of planning an international trip and completing the trip cannot be overstated.

Waiting for the Flight

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Arrive Early

It is much easier to maneuver in a strange city during the day, so make you plane reservation accordingly. This gives you a chance to arrive at your hotel earlier and settle in.

If this is your first solo trip volunteering for some type of charity work is a great idea, as it places you with a group of like-minded people who are trustworthy and ones with whom you can share experiences. You can also stay in a hostel, which is cheaper, but you will have to share the bathroom.

Many seasoned travelers do not use a travel agent, as they have learned the best way to reserve the type of accommodations that suit their budget, the best ways to handle transportation, and they are not interesting in taking a planned tour. If you have not done much traveling, then a travel agent can be a good idea, as they are very knowledgeable about foreign countries.

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Plan Ahead

Part of the enjoyment of traveling alone can be found in the planning stages. It is a good idea to know the laws of the country you are visiting. For instance, it is illegal to carry pepper spray in many countries. Obtain a belt that can be worn under clothing to keep a passport, traveler’s checks, credit cards or cash. Leave most credit cards at home, along with any expensive jewelry.

Seek out information of some of the sites you wish to visit, so you will know about transportation, cost and the hours of operation. If several sites are located close together, than choosing accommodations in that area might be wise. If you choose to rent a vehicle, remember traffic laws are different in different countries.

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Safety First

Solo travel requires a higher alertness to the surroundings. Carry a detailed map of the area and a phrase book.

Book your plane so that you arrive in daylight, as it is much easier to maneuver in a strange city. It is important to allow time upon arrival to manage all the initial details as travel fatigue is common. Most hotels have a safe, so your passport can be locked up securely (travel.state.gov, 1995). Traveler’s checks, cash, jewelry and even medications can also be kept safe.

Safety is the primary goal, and there are numerous ways to have a safe, yet thoroughly enjoyable trip.

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Luxury of Travel

Helpful Safety Tips

Some of the tips for handling your valuables include:

  1. Do not become a target by wearing expensive or revealing clothing
  2. Leave expensive jewelry at home.
  3. Travel light, as it is easier to walk quickly, and baggage is less likely to be left unattended.
  4. If you are carrying your passport, money or other valuables, purchase a belt worn under clothing designed for this purpose. Do not use your wallet or handbag for cash, as this is an easy target for thieves.
  5. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes.
  6. Bring an extra pair of glasses if you wear glasses or contacts. Bring sunglasses.
  7. Sunscreen and bug spray are often helpful.
  8. Include a few basic outfits, wearing layers, and bring some clothing that can be washed in a sink.
  9. Take a small first aid kit with sample size shampoos and conditioners.
  10. Some women get a haircut for easier styling while traveling.
  11. Always be cautious with strangers, even other women. Listen to your “gut instinct.”
  12. A purse that is worn across the shoulders is much more difficult for someone to steal.
  13. Do not take an unlicensed cab.
  14. Single women should wear a fake wedding band.

There are also some important things you should leave at home, such as your social security card, library card, voter registration card, any extra credit cards and any irreplaceable pieces of jewelry.

Solo Female Travel Tips from Adventurous Kate

Final Security Tips

A family member should have a copy of your itinerary and other important papers. Make two copies of the serial numbers of the travelers’ checks, your passport, driver’s license, airline tickets and credit cards that will be taken on the trip. One copy can be packed in your suitcase or some other separate place, and the other copy is for the family member.Email or text some family member daily, so they will know you are safe, and it is important to know someone would be concerned if you were missing.

Quick getaways or longer vacations are therapeutic. Relax, pamper yourself, and enjoy your trip.I do not know about you, but I could be packed within the hour!

© 2013 Pamela Oglesby

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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

Really good advice! I've done a fair amount of solo traveling and I always feel like I'm being a bit paranoid, but so far I've stayed safe so I guess my planning and paranoia has paid off!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Good tips, Pamela! I am a bit old-fashioned, and as such the idea of a lone woman traveling to foreign lands makes me very nervous. That is why this article is so important.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Natashalh, I think plannin and a little paranoia is probably healthy. Thanks for sharing your feelings and your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Billy, My husband feels the same way. If one is traveling alone, even a man, I think some of the tips are helpful for safety. I appreciate your comment.s


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

All great tips. The first time I traveled alone (where I wasn't visiting someone) was for a work conference. It is a bit shocking the first time, but the end, I loved it. In the beginning I felt silly eating by myself so I ate quickly and dodged. By day 3, I felt fine sitting in a fancy Italian restaurant all by myself and welcomed the alone time! I did run into some shady people, but I walked away before I was at any risk. Great hub Pamela- voted up!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Great advice Pamela, and I was going to say about people being too friendly when they see you on your own, but you mentioned it. I was watching the film Taken with liam neeson the other night, and the girls were being approached by a foreign guy who was really nice, turned out he was a trafficker, so its always best to just brush them off and say you are waiting for someone, voted up and shared, nell


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

epbooks, My first trip was business also, but here in the US in Portland. I loved it and I like to travel alone. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Nell Rose, I saw that movie also, and you are right. I didn't think about it when I was writing the hub. Thanks so much for your comments and the share.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Good article, Pamela, and your tips are very useful. I have done a lot of solo travel, and didn't mind it in the least. One just has to be aware at all times, and most of my travel has been to more remote locations, and I think they are much safer. Of course you don't get the night life and glamour, but that isn't my style anyway. Oh, drinking alcohol can be quite dicey for women travelling alone. These days you don't even know what else might be in the drinks!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Vicki, I would love to know where you've traveled. I don't care about the night life either. Thanks sp much for your comments.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I traveled solo to Puerto Rica for two weeks, stayed in a great B&B. My family was worried to death, but I had a great time (wrote a Hub about that). I was just very cautious; didn't go out at night alone, but I had wonderful days shopping, going to the beach, etc.

Voted UP and shared.


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Great advice! It always safe to take precautions when traveling anywhere alone, be ye male or female, even if it just a few miles away. At the very least make sure someone knows where you are going so they can check in if you don't reappear. Scary world out there, we have to take charge of our own safety sometimes. Voting up!


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Useful information and wonderful tips. thank you for sharing.


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Hendrika 3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

I love travelling on my own, even though I am a perfectly happily married woman, being alone for a while is very good for me. I find that it is best to wear a "jacket" with lots of zipped pockets on all sides of it, I carry everything in it and only have a handbag for a few basics. For luggage I find a backpack suits me the best.

It is true that you have to plan very well, I almost memorise the routes I have to take and make sure that I am certain of where I am going all the time.

With the right preparation travelling on your own can really be fun.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Mary, I think the guidelines you followed are excellent for safety. Family always tends to worry, but I would love to take a trip like that, particularly to a couple of countries in Europe. I have traveled alone in the U.S. many times, but foreign travel without any family would be new for me. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and all your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Sharkye, I absolutely agree with the precautions, and we do need to be very aware of staying safe. I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

lovedoctor, I am glad you found the hub useful and I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Hendrika, I find being alone for a while is mentally healthy for me also. I like your jacket idea, and keeping no valuables in your purse is smart. Thanks for sharing your experience and your tips.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

All great and useful information within this well written and informative article ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!! Sharing !


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Tom, I am glad you liked the hub and I appreciiate your comments.


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MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

nice and interesting post


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

MG Singh, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and appreciate your comments.


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sjkhan 3 years ago from Pakistan

Very helpful tips! Thanks for sharing.Voted up


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

sjkhan, I am glad you found this hub helpful. Thank yiu for your comments.


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

Great tips - it's unfortunate that we have to think like this in order to be safe as women but reality is reality. Voting this one up for sure and sharing.


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New Understanding 3 years ago from Northern California

I've was in the travel field for almost 18 years and agree with all your helpful tips. I do think a travel agent is a good idea to have though as they are a good resource and they will be there if you get into any trouble. ( I was a travel wholesaler, not agent ;) I voted thumbs up


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Crystal, You're right, this is reality. Thanks for your comments.

New Understanding, I think that is especially true if you have done very little traveling. I am not sure what a travel wholesaler is. I appreciate your comments.


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Great tips Pam. I have a niece who travels alone and I'll pass this on to her. You can never be too careful. Voted up, shared, etc...


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Bill, I agree that you can never be to careful. I appreciat your comments and the share.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Really great tips here for traveling alone, Pamela! I believe you have covered every aspect. I hope that all women read this article who travel alone. My sister and daughter tend to travel alone a lot, so I will be sure to pass this great and useful information along.

Voted up +++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your hub is full of really great tips on traveling. Thank you for sharing.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This is good information. I used to travel a lot on business and was always careful not to have my full name on prominent display on my suitcase (use initials for the lost luggage tags, give a business address). Voted up and useful.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for sharing all the useful tips, Pamela. Safety is very important for a woman traveling alone, so your suggestions are very important!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Great tips Pam. I sometimes travel alone in going back to my adopted country when my hubby has to come back to Germany not on our planned schedule. I´m often scared, but alert as I have experienced a hold- up with my friends in a jeepney drive before when I was visiting my home country.

Thnks for sharing these tips as they are of great help for all of us, not only for women but also for men. Voted up and useful;-)


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Faith, I hope the hub gives you sister some new tips. I appreciate your comments and the share.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Ruby. Thank you so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

FlourishAnyway, That is a good idea. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Alicia, I'm glad you appreciate the tips and safety is the most important aspect of the trip really. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Thelma, I would be very afraid if I experienced a hold-up also. Being alert is so important. Thank you so much for your comments.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Useful hub with great tips for a safe travel alone. Thank you for sharing.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

The only travel I've done alone was to computer conventions and I drove. I was always cautious as you've mentioned. It is a scary world we live in and you never know what or who is out there.

This is certainly a hub that should be read before any woman travels alone. Lots of good tips and advice.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Vellur, I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Mary, I have driven to locations in the US also, but I am very careful, keeping doors locked and I'm not out late at night. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and for for your comments.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Excellent tips for women who travel alone, Pamela. Always be aware of your surroundings and trust your gut instinct.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

drbj, Those are the 2 most important things to remember. Thanks for your comments.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Very important information here so many women are travelling alone dailyand your tips are so helpful.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

DDE, I think many more women travel alone how also. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Interesting read and all makes sense. Other than around town I would never travel alone, and half the fun of travel is a companion to enjoy it with I think even if it is just Mom. In fact just Mom would be wonderful. But I know everyone does not feel that way or may not have a choice so these are very good tips for them. ^


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Jackie, I have taken two tips with my mother and we had a wonderful time. I have also traveled with my sister in the past, so you make a good point. Thanks so much for your commetns.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Pamela

this is such important information. I have traveled alone many times and have not always felt totally comfortable. I always was on the look out for anyone who might not be acting as they should, you know?

I will be driving from FL to Texas next spring alone so will remember to heed your wise suggestions.

thanks for the reminders. Angels are on the way ps


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Patricia, I'm glad you will remember the suggestions and the fact that you are already alert is essential. I am the same way. I often drive from FL to Atlanta, which is only about 6 hourse, but even think I try to remain alert to anything that is unusual. Thanks of much for your comments and the angels. God bless.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Pam... great article for the single traveller and the cautions to be aware of. I so admire the younger generation as they are able to travel today unlike we were able as when I was younger.

I bought an older Harley Davidson motor cycle when I was younger and travelled across Canada much against the advice of parents and friends. That summer I learned more about life and myself than all the years I had been in school. I had to work my way as I travelled often for a meal or enough fuel to get me to where I was in need again. Many great lessons were learned, the greatest of all is to never fear...

Hugs and Blessings from Canada


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Rolly, I imaigin that trip across Canada was a wonderful way to learn about yourself and just grow up. I still love to travel, but it is usually with family. It is good to hear from you, and I appreciate you sharing your experience.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

My recent trip to PNW/Alaska was sort of last minute and I read your hub in the middle of all the rush. Thanks for sharing some important considerations. These will be handy to anyone traveling during the upcoming holidays--good stuff to keep in mind!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Rtalloni, A trip to a Alaska sounds wonderful, and I am glad you found the hub helpful. Thanks for your comments.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very useful tips! I love the one about a belt to hold your important papers under clothing!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Rebecca, That is one of the top suggestions in my opinion also. I appreciate your comments.


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CYong74 3 months ago from Singapore

Great advice. I'd say these apply to guys as well.


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Pamela99 2 months ago from United States Author

Thank you for your comments. I think being safe is good for men also.

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