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Tips for Women Traveling Alone

Updated on May 14, 2018
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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.

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Tips for Travel

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 way to handle transportation can be carefully planned well in advance, especially if you 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.

Katmandu - Bob Seger

Planning 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, then 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.

The safest way to travel is to dress and act like the locals the country of your choice. Be confidant even if you make an error and end up in the wrong location. You can always return the way you came. Don't look fearful or scared. Be assertive and attentive is best, as even if it takes a little longer to get to your destination, that is not the end of the world. Try to sightsee during he day.

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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. Use social media to take pictures, leaving a trail, so your family will be updated concerning your whereabouts.
  8. Sunscreen and bug spray are often helpful.
  9. Include a few basic outfits, wearing layers, and bring some clothing that can be washed in a sink.
  10. Take a small first aid kit with sample size shampoos and conditioners.
  11. Some women get a haircut for easier styling while traveling.
  12. Always be cautious with strangers, even other women. Listen to your “gut instinct.”
  13. A purse that is worn across the shoulders is much more difficult for someone to steal.
  14. Do not take an unlicensed cab.
  15. 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.

It is wise to have a backup plan if you want to change locations or your accommodations.

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!

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    23 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Kuan Leong Yong 

    24 months ago from Singapore

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

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    RTalloni 

    4 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Rolly A Chabot 

    4 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Patricia Scott 

    5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Jackie Lynnley 

    5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Devika Primić 

    5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    drbj and sherry 

    5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Vellur, I appreciate your comments.

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    Mary Craig 

    5 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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    Nithya Venkat 

    5 years ago from Dubai

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Ruby. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Thelma Alberts 

    5 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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    Linda Crampton 

    5 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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    FlourishAnyway 

    5 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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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    5 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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    Faith Reaper 

    5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Bill De Giulio 

    5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    New Understanding 

    5 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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    Crystal Tatum 

    5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Sara 

    5 years ago from Pakistan

    Very helpful tips! Thanks for sharing.Voted up

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    MG Singh 

    5 years ago from Singapore

    nice and interesting post

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Thomas Silvia 

    5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Hendrika 

    5 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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    lovedoctor926 

    5 years ago

    Useful information and wonderful tips. thank you for sharing.

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    Jayme Kinsey 

    5 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!

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    Mary Hyatt 

    5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Vickiw 

    5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Nell Rose 

    5 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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    Elizabeth Parker 

    5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Bill Holland 

    5 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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    Natasha 

    5 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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