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7 Things to Consider Before Taking your First Solo Trip as a Female

First Solo Trip as a Female

7 Things to Consider Before Taking your First Solo Trip as a Female

 

“Who run the world!? Girls.”
– Beyoncé

Today, solo travel is on the rise and females are the ones who seem to be booking the majority of these solo trips! Women are now traveling alone for various reasons – to take a break from the day-to-day bubble they’ve created for themselves, for self-discovery reasons, or simply because they don’t have anyone else to go with… and don’t want to waste time waiting for someone! In fact, the CEO of booking.com, Paul Hennessy, suggests that solo female travel is becoming the norm, “Our research suggests that female solo travel is a phenomenon that is here to stay” (source).

Although we (females) may feel limitless, unstoppable, or even immortal when traveling solo, we have to remember that it’s a big world out there with many different cultures and societal norms that may not match with our own. So, while traveling solo is exciting and liberating, there are still some important factors to consider before taking your first solo trip as a female.

 

 

7 Things to Consider Before Taking your First Solo Trip as a Female

 

1. Consider the Crime Rate

Photo credit: Damien Checoury

Do your research before picking a destination! You will want to consider if the country is high in crime rates and if there has been any recent news in that area that may affect you (like possible targeted terrorist attacks, political riots, sex trafficking, or even recent news of rape in the area). These are serious, real issues that need to be taken into consideration before buying a plane ticket!

 

 

2. Consider the Language Barrier

I highly suggest choosing a country that speaks your native language for your first trip. Or at least a country where you are able to get around and hold a conversation! Why? Imagine you get lost, or if your vehicle breaks down, or you’re in a dangerous situation that you need to get out of ASAP. If you are not able to communicate with the locals, then you may be in trouble. Sometimes, hand signaling is just not enough.

Also, on a lighter note – if you can speak the language, the trip may be more enjoyable as it’ll help to get around and possibly meet locals!

 

3. Consider the seasons

Photo credit: Markus Spiske

This is a major one! When traveling abroad, you have to remember that the weather may be totally different than what you’re used to. For example, if you’re planning a tropical getaway– make sure you look into the weather first to avoid the rainy season, which could really take a toll on any outdoor activities you plan on doing!

However, some people prefer traveling during the “off season” as it’s a lot less crowded…so totally up to you!

 

 

4. Consider the culture and religious practices

First Solo Trip as a Female
Covering my shorts in Bali

For example, if you’re traveling to a country that is predominately Muslim, it may not be appropriate to be roaming the streets in a mini skirt and tank top. This also goes for visiting Monk temples in Cambodia or Hindu temples in India! Covering up might be a cultural/religious practice that your destination have respected for thousands of years and it’s important to show modesty and respect when we are in their territory. So, take this into consideration when packing your bags!

 

 

 

 

 

5. Consider looking into online groups

There are many organized groups out there for solo travelers such as you! For example, Girls Love Travel is an online community that started on Facebook and has grown to over 500k+ followers. The group shares advice on different places to visit and many of the women meet up while traveling! It’s a great way to connect with other travelers and might be a way to even make some new friends. 🙂

 

6. Consider staying somewhere with a community vibe

First Solo Trip as a Female
Family Style Dinner at Maderas Village, Nicaragua

In addition to looking at online groups, it may also be a good idea to research the different types of hotels and hostels in the area. For example, many hostels and hotels host group outings and tours, or dinner served family-style which means there’s a greater chance of you getting to meet other travelers (if that’s what you’re looking for)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Consider letting someone know your plans

Before you head out anywhere, let someone know where you’re going. It’s just a safety thing! This way, someone will know the general area you’re in in case you lose all ways of communication (phone dies, no laptop, etc.)

 

 

Now, go ahead and book that plane ticket! Solo travel is absolutely worth it and you will NOT regret it! Another thing to remember is that YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE. There are SO many solo female travelers out there but it’s up to you to go out and meet them! What are you waiting for?!

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