Essential Travel Tips for the Woman on a Solo Adventure
Sep 18, 2017
Female travelers choosing to fly solo is more popular than ever — the US Travel Association reports that most travelers today are women, and over 11% are solo female globetrotters.
If you have a serious case of wanderlust, you don't have to wait around for friends, family, or a partner to accompany you. Traveling alone is a great time to meet new people, taste new foods and see new things as an independent woman.
But traveling on your own for the first time presents its own set of challenges. Between keeping track of your documents, coordinating your transportation and staying safe while you explore, you'll want to take extra precautions before setting out on your first solo adventure.
Follow these 5 travel tips to stay prepared, organized and safe so you can enjoy your first solo adventure to its fullest.
When you're traveling alone, traveling with minimal gear will help you stay organized and board your plane, train, or get into your taxi more easily.
For the bags you do bring along, make sure they're clearly marked so you know what's yours at a glance.
A bright, colorful luggage tag will help you quickly spot your suitcase on a baggage carousel — not to mention including critical contact info in case your bag gets lost in the shuffle.
Keeping your travel documents organized and easily accessible at a moment's notice will help you move from plane to train to car seamlessly. Keep digital and print copies of reservations and itineraries so you'll always have a backup if your phone dies.
Get a passport holder if you plan to travel internationally — some specialized holders also include convenient slots for your ID and travel documents so that everything stays organized. And be sure to research your destination's visa requirements, laws, security conditions, and customs so you don't encounter any stressful surprises while on your trip.
Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
When traveling solo, it's smart to choose accommodations located in a centralized, safe area of the city where you'll be staying. Be sure to check the US Department of State's Travel Alerts and Warnings to be aware of any weather or safety hazards before you go.
Research safe transportation options as well. Public transportation in some areas may not be reliable or safe for a solo female traveler at certain times of day. Tell friends or family back home about your travel itinerary, and try to check in regularly via phone, text, or email.
Lastly, be cautious about sharing personal information and travel itinerary details with people you meet during your travels. And always keep a close eye on your bags, money, passport, and valuables — especially in crowds where pickpocketing could occur.
Capture Memorable Moments
Beyond snapping pictures with your camera or smartphone, bring along a travel journal to document your trip. From keeping track of your itinerary to noting great cafes to jotting down new friends' contact info, a journal can help you remember the sights, stories and fantastic meals you enjoy during your travels.
For a longer trip, you could start a blog so friends and family back home can get a glimpse into your adventures.
Save Simple Mementos
When it comes to souvenirs, you don't have to spend a ton of money to bring home something memorable. Travel guides, maps, local currency, and other items you pick up along the way can serve as valuable mementos from your trip.
Traveling alone for the first time can be a little overwhelming. But with the right preparation and planning, you may have the trip of a lifetime. Once you get the hang of it, solo travel may become your favorite way to explore.
But if you decide to bring your partner along for one of your adventures, you’ll have to adjust your solo routine to make you and your partner stay on the same page while exploring together. Here’s how to make your first trip with your partner as carefree and blissful as possible.