Six Travel Safety Tips for Women Traveling Solo

It's an incredible world out there, just waiting for you to explore it. Safety is a concern for everyone, no matter who or where they are, but it can be a special concern for women traveling on their own. But staying safe does not mean staying put. It just means using common sense like you would at home, and adding a few of these extra precautions to make sure your travel adventure is full of fun, not fear.

Traveling Alone. Photo by superbez (flickr)
Traveling Alone. Photo by superbez (flickr)
Do your research before you travel. Photo by Alaskan Dude (flickr)
Do your research before you travel. Photo by Alaskan Dude (flickr)
Dress appropriately (Great Blasket Island, Ireland). Photo by Adventurous Wench
Dress appropriately (Great Blasket Island, Ireland). Photo by Adventurous Wench
Women Traveling Solo. Photo by Ed Yourdon (flickr)
Women Traveling Solo. Photo by Ed Yourdon (flickr)

Safety tips for women traveling solo

  • Do Your Research. Know where you're going, how you plan to get there, and how you plan to get back. Ask at your hotel or B&B for advice. Is the subway safe? Should you grab a cab? Only choose marked, licensed taxis. Crowds are good, but pay attention to what's happening around you. If someone is watching you, or looks suspicious, wait them out in a store or cafe.
  • Dress Respectfully. Shorts and a tank top may be perfect in the Australian outback, but not on a Vatican tour, or in the Cairo market. Dressing inappropriately will not make you more comfortable, it will make you stand out, and can turn you into a target. To figure out the best travel clothes to take, look at how other women are dressed, and try to blend in. This doesn't mean you need to wear a veil in a Muslim country. Loose pants and a cool long sleeve shirt are perfectly comfortable, and bring along a scarf to cover your head, if need be. It's a good idea to leave jewelry at home, although, some women wear a cheap wedding ring as the perfect accessory for being left alone.
  • Be Careful at Your Hotel. When checking in, ask that the desk staff do not say your room number out loud. They should write it down and pass it to you. If you want to use the hotel gym or pool, choose a time when there are lots of other people there. It goes without saying not to open your room door, even for house keeping, if you haven't asked for that service. Consider staying at a bed and breakfast. With fewer guests and a family setting, you'll get to know the people you're staying with.
  • Don’t Flash Your Cash. Don't carry around big bills, or wads of money. Keep your valuable papers and extra money in the hotel safe, or if there's no safe, you can store your extra cash in your bra strap. Depending on where you're traveling, you may want to leave the purse at home. Choose something more sturdy and hard to grab, such as a small backpack.
  • Watch Your Drink. Just like at any nightclub or bar at home, never accept a drink from a stranger, and never leave your drink unattended. If you have to go to the washroom, finish your drink before you go, and order a new one when you get back.
  • It’s All in the Attitude. You have every right to travel and enjoy your incredible surroundings. Walk like you belong. Look like you belong. Criminals don't want to create a scene, they want to find a victim, and your confident attitude can be your best defense.


Group tours offer safety in numbers. Photo by Adventurous Wench  (flickr)
Group tours offer safety in numbers. Photo by Adventurous Wench (flickr)

Traveling options

Travel is one of life's richest experiences, and it would be a shame to miss out because of fear. Don't forget that there are options. If you don't feel comfortable traveling to some of the more exotic locales on your own, consider a group tour for women. You'll meet new people, feel safe in the crowd, and still get the chance to see the world!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Great tips! My daughter is an expert at traveling alone (or used to be before she married) and she was SO smart about it. That is really, really an important issue.


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FashionFame 6 years ago from California

Nice hub and great tips. Joining your fan club to stay connected and would like to invite you too.


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happyexplorer 6 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

akirchner - Thanks! I'm glad to hear your daughter knew what she was doing - being smart about it makes all the difference!


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happyexplorer 6 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

FashionFame - Thanks for stopping by and joining the fan club! I took a look at your fashion hubs too - cool stuff you have!


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traveljane 6 years ago from London

I think these are pretty good tips generally. Whether travelling or not, and probably very appropriate for both sexes.


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happyexplorer 6 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Traveljane - Thanks! You're right that these tips could be useful for anyone. Women can be particularly vulnerable, but it's good for everybody to take safety precautions.


gogogo 6 years ago

very informative tips, being careful and watching where you are goes a long way to being safe


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happyexplorer 6 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

gogogo - (I love that handle!) Thanks! You're right - being cautious and using some common sense make a huge difference in staying safe.


IndoVillas 5 years ago

Self-awareness will never fail you when it comes to safety, nice tips.


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Right on Indovillas! Thanks for dropping by.


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Bootsmade4walkin 5 years ago from Washington, DC / Leadville, CO

Hi there! After writing a hub on solo female travel, your hub popped up on my page. And I'm so glad it did! We are definitely on the same wavelength concerning how to balance having a good time with safety precautions. It's great to read suggestions and ideas from other strong, independent traveling woman! Thanks!


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Bootsmade4walkin 5 years ago from Washington, DC / Leadville, CO

I just wrote my first hub and it just happens to be on a similar topic as this one, so it popped up in my related sites column. And how happy I am that it did! It's great to read the suggestions of another independent female traveler, and even better to find one with whom I am in sync. I look forward to following your work (and travels). Thanks for sharing!


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Bootsmade4walkin!

Glad to know that we share the same thoughts - fun and safety is always a must! :-)

Thanks for dropping by!

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