Personally I see more of a fun factor to traveling the world alone as I find you really get to enjoy the freedom. As a single traveler, you decide the location, where you stay, luggage, route, places of interests and can arrange for the finance accordingly. You don’t face the trouble of adjusting or sharing your stuff with anyone else as it is only you on your trip.
However, traveling alone is also pretty tough, and I learned so much from traveling alone. There is a lot of responsibility that comes with solo traveling, and small details and changes in the way you travel can change the whole experience.
Basic things that I learned Tips For Single Travelers
The Important Docs
As a single traveler, you need to have all your documents sorted and safe. Make sure to have extra copies of everything; visa, passport, drivers license, money, official papers (if any), etc.
I find it best to keep these items in a separate area of your bag to avoid confusion and hassle looking for something in a rush – nothing is worse than going through customs and finding yourself digging through all your clothes looking for the right documents.
Keep the copies somewhere else, so that in case the real ones are stolen you still have the copies to help you out. To be extra safe, scan the documents (or take a photo of them) and e-mail them to yourself, or save them in Google documents on your Gmail account, if you have one.
Stay In Touch
Once you are on the trip, get in touch with your loved ones to tell them you are safe and sound.
You have moved out to enjoy the world but your family and friends are surely worried about you. Make sure you have a series of phone cards to stay in touch often, or you can also use international texting – that’s a simple and quick way to stay in touch. This helps you to bridge the gap between you and the folks back home…
Bring A Notepad & Phrase Book
I always carry a notepad and a translator dictionary when I travel. With the notepad you can write down some useful phrases that can come in handy in shops, restaurants or similar. You can also keep track of the things you buy, so you know if you’re staying close to your planned budget or not.
If you blog about traveling – a notepad is really handy as you can write down happening spots, places, and streets so you can remember to write about them later. It is really good to be able to speak or at least understand the basic phrases used in the new place, which is where the translator dictionary or a phrase book comes in handy.
Rely On Yourself
Take good care of your belongings and always keep them with you on your trip. Don’t make the mistake of asking other travelers or strangers to take care of your stuff. Even though you want to think the best of the people you meet, you can never really be sure of who they are – you must rely on yourself for the safety of yourself and your stuff.
Make Friends & Share Stories
Getting to know new friends on the road and going out for a drink with them is a great way to connect and feel happy while traveling alone. As a solo traveler, there are days you really feel alone, and it feels great to be able to connect with others who are out there doing the same thing as you.
You can share stories, tips with them, and might even find they are going the same way as you. I hope these tips help you and make for a more enjoyable trip!
Safety Travel Tips For Single Women
While you are out in the big world traveling, you are excited, and enjoying this new sense of freedom, and may therefore forget or ignore the dangers around you.
You need to remember that when you are on a trip, you are not in your hometown, so you have to make sure you are more alert about what is going on around you and think twice before making any decision.
Especially when women are traveling alone, they need to be more cautious as they will often drive more attention simply by their presence. Below are some of the basic safety tips for single women to enjoy a danger-free trip.
Safety Travel Tips For Single Women Choose Safe Accommodation
Where you stay is very important – is it a safe part of town? Are there other tourists staying there, or is the place in the middle of nowhere and you are all alone?
Before you book any room make sure that you research your accommodation and its location before choosing to stay. If you arrive and are unhappy with the place, request a change or move to different hotel/lodge.
Stay In Touch
Remember, your family & friends may be concerned about your safety. And staying in touch with them really won’t take you much time. Just make an international call home and let them hear what you are doing, where you are etc.
Tell them about your arrival and what you are going to do next. If you have an Internet connection, send them your pictures or an email about your traveling experience or even set up a travel blog.
Safety Travel Tips For Single Women Wear The Right Clothes
Your attire is the most immediate symbol of respect. Dress codes differ greatly from country to country, so try to dress the way the locals do – this will help you in not revealing your foreign identity too much or making you a target for muggers, scams etc.
Avoid wearing tight and skimpy clothes outside of Europe and North America. Clothing should be traditional, loose fitting and comfortable. Make sure you cover your arms and legs, especially when visiting places of worship and national monuments.
Stay Under The Radar
When traveling, try to be less noticeable yet more assertive. Just enjoy your trip, don’t get involved in any dangerous issues and avoid getting into any kind of challenging situations with men. Be more careful during late hours and in interior places. Find the right person to guide you and avoid getting too friendly with the locals.
Learn Some Basic Local Words
Try and learn a few basic words to communicate with while you travel. Knowing the foreign language makes it easier for you to understand situations you find yourself in or make sure you end of at the right place. It also presents you more as a local person and the folks around don’t treat you as as much of a tourist.