Exploring on your own can be an amazing and wonderful adventure, but to keep you safe, we’re sharing a few safety tips for women traveling solo. ”
I typically travel with my husband, but that’s not always the case.
As a travel writer, there are many times that my job requires me to travel alone. That may include flying and having a driver or road tripping across the country.
I personally enjoy the freedom that comes with solo travel as it allows me to stop at roadside attractions and make other stops that my family may not fully appreciate. But I also recognize that for the most part, when it comes to safety, it doesn’t hurt to follow a few simple guidelines.
Solo travel, especially among women, is becoming increasingly popular, as we’re eager to explore the world with or without company!
Solo travel is a great way to cross items off your bucket list, practice self-care, and recharge doing some of the things you love.
If you decide to travel solo, here are tips for traveling solo to help make the most of your travels while staying safe.
9 Tips for Traveling Solo for Women
1. Designate a check in buddy.
For the sake of safety, tell someone where you are going and provide a rough itinerary of where you plan to be. This could be your husband, boyfriend, mom, dad or a close friend.
If you have a completed itinerary, provide them a copy with back up numbers of where you can be reached if needed. Include the hotel or campground reservations, the route you’ll be driving, where you plan to hike, etc.
Pick a time to check in each day to let them know where you are, how your trip is going and most importantly, so they know you are safe.
This way, should the need for help arise, you have a friend or family member who can alert the proper authorities.
2. Thoroughly review your destinations prior to leaving.
Don’t visit any location, hotel, resort, or even restaurant blindly. Be sure you review each one well so you can be aware of the surrounding area, security issues, etc. I’m not always particular with lodging when traveling with my husband but when it comes to solo travel, you bet I am!
Once, when traveling from Alabama to Colorado, I found all the hotels booked when it came time for me to turn in for the night. Towns were far and few between and I was getting pretty tired. The only property with vacancies that I could find was an overpriced one-star motel. I was less than thrilled.
After voicing my concern, the front desk employee suggested that I stay in the room right above the office and not to come out until daylight. That experience should have taught me to always make reservations in advance if at all possible when traveling solo.
3. Keep a portable charger with you.
Your cell phone will need to be fully charged so you can use the GPS, access your banking apps, and keep in touch with family and friends. You don’t want to be stuck in an unfamiliar place without your phone, so keep one if not two portable chargers with you at all times. This way, you never run out of juice.
In addition to my favorite charger, I also pack an inexpensive car charger as a back-up.
4. Stick to daytime travel.
Do your tours and sightseeing during the day and stay close to your hotel at night.
If you choose to go out at night stick to areas close to the hotel or resort. The hotel staff can help you choose safe evening activities so be sure to ask! Or, just call it a night and stay in. The evening hours are perfect for snacking, movie watching, working (in my case), and catching up with your check-in partner!
5. Use only well-known ride-share apps.
Don’t risk traveling by a random taxi. If you need a ride while you are traveling, use an app such as Uber, which now has safeguards in place.
Always ask to see the driver’s ID prior to entering the car.
You may even wish to make a phone call during your ride so you have a friend on the other line who can make sure you arrive at your destination safely. If you do take a taxi, ask the hotel staff to call a trusted company for you.
6. Don’t tell others you are traveling solo.
You are most likely an extrovert if you are traveling solo, but that doesn’t mean you should tell strangers you are alone.
You never know who could be listening so you want to keep yourself safe. When you check into a hotel, you may wish to use two names so it appears two people are staying in the room.
These small tips can make a big difference when keeping you safe.
7. Watch where and how much you drink.
I’m all for relaxing with a glass of wine but sadly, I’ve seen too many women have one too many drinks when traveling solo. Personally, I’ll skip the alcohol in favor of water when I travel as a little extra hydration never hurts.
8. Practice your self-defense classes or pack some self-defense items and know how to use them!
Probably the most important tip I can give you is to be aware of your surroundings. And even if you don’t know where you’re going, act confident while you figure it out. Even when the area appears safe, it doesn’t hurt to have a few tools on hand should a need arise to protect yourself. Here are some of my favorite, inexpensive tools that can help out in a pinch:
Pepper spray– This lipstick pepper spray is compact and easily fits into the palm of your hand so you can carry it when walking through parking garages or parking lots.
Keychain Alarm– This personal alarm may look tiny but don’t let looks deceive you- it is loud enough to draw attention if needed and inexpensive enough that it’s affordable for anyone.
Window Breaker– Hopefully this device that looks like a pen never comes in handy but you have to admit, it’s pretty clever.
Stun Gun/Flashlight Combo– This rechargeable stun gun is made so that you can carry it easily without fear of it getting knocked out of your hand should you need to use it. Small and discreet, this is one weapon that packs a big punch. Just make sure you know how to use if properly so you don’t accidentally shock yourself. Take my word for it, you won’t like it.
9. Document your trip and above all, have fun!
Now that you have done everything to keep yourself safe, have fun! Make sure you have plenty of storage on your phone and camera so you can take pics and videos- I am notorious for running out of space!
I also like to take a few minutes and journal on my trip when I have time to reflect.
Take time to walk, roam, and enjoy quiet meals. If you wish to make new friends, look for events in the area you can attend and mingle. Move at your own pace, and remember that your agenda is all that matters.
Are you ready for some solo travel? Keep these tips for traveling solo in mind, and head off to explore! What destination would you like to explore alone?
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