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Tips for Women Who Travel Alone

Updated on September 29, 2014

Don't Leave Home Without Them!

I have been travelling alone since 1976. Being alone on foreign soil has taught me to rely on my own judgment when faced with critical, immediate situations; and, I have gained a confidence that has served me well in my day-to-day life. Travelling alone is not for everyone, but if you do it right, it is a risk worth taking. Regardless of the inherent dangers in world travel, it can also be one of the most empowering and exhilarating ways to experience life and meet fascinating people. However, there are things a woman should know to lessen the dangers of being alone. I am happy to share a few of the ways I have kept myself safe and always ready for the next trip!

Plan your housing ahead of time. When I book hotels online, they usually have a hotel vehicle waiting for me at the airport. Never take an arbitrary, independent taxi after you leave an airport. As a last resort, rent from a reputable taxi company from inside the airport before you walk out into a strange, new world where shady characters may lie in wait.

Change your money through your own bank in the U.S. If you have enough local currency before leaving your home, you won’t be a visual target getting money changed from an airport kiosk.

Take excursions during the day. Once you are in your country of choice, book side trips early in the day where there are more families and couples in your group. I have been helped by many kind strangers on these daytime excursions.

Leave your purse and valuables in the hotel room. I have even walked alone in Mexico City (only during the day); however, I put my cell phone and money in the zip pockets of my cargo pants or in a travel wallet strapped across by body. I never wear valuable jewelry or sexy clothing. Don’t be an obvious target.

Be careful at night. If you have to go out at night, walk beside and/or directly behind a group of pedestrians. Never walk obviously alone. When in doubt, stay inside the security of your hotel and enjoy the bar/restaurant where you may meet other jovial sojourners.

Change up your times and walking routes when you leave the hotel alone. This prevents your movements to be regularly watched and tracked.

Never take a ride from a seemingly nice local whom you don’t know. Be polite and keep walking to a public place.

Keep your cell phone charged and purchase international service before your trip. Make sure you memorize local emergency numbers for obvious reasons.

If at all possible, study up on the local language and customs. Trust me, when you seem interested in the culture and the people, you will make connections that will last a lifetime!

These tips have always been integral for insuring my consistently successful solo journeys; and, I plan on using them until my health prevents me from packing a bag and flying off into the next sunset…

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      Jeaninne Escallier Kato 

      3 years ago from Rocklin, CA

      Thank you, Sangre. Your kind words make me feel like what I do is appreciated.

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      Sp Greaney 

      3 years ago from Ireland

      I think this is really great and wise advise that an individual traveller should follow. Especially coming from an experience person like yourself. :)

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