Solo Female Travel – Why Every Woman Should Do It
Solo female travel is one of the best, most rewarding experiences that any woman should experience at least once in their lifetime. Unfortunately, due to a patriarchal past across this beautiful Earth, traveling alone as a girl has given people fears and doubts about its possibility and safety.
Why Not to be Afraid of Solo Female Travel
It is about time to break this stereotype. Traveling alone as a female, is just as safe as traveling alone as a male. In my opinion, maybe even safer. Throughout my past 6 months of solo travel, I have met more males that have had troubles than females. For example, in my South America travels males were much more likely to get unwelcome and unnecessary questions from Police. Meanwhile, absolutely zero female travelers I met had the same problem.
If travelling to developing countries, no matter if you are male or female you must take the same precautions.
- Don’t walk alone at night in deserted, sketchy streets. There’s strength in numbers.
- Don’t get into a car with a person if you have an uneasy feeling about it.
- Don’t drink too much your head isn’t on straight, etc.
Why Every Woman Should Experience Solo Travel
If I could describe what it’s like to travel alone as a girl around this beautiful world in just one word, it would have to be “empowering”.
It is such a great feeling to look at a map, decide where you want to go and just go there. With no one else telling you what to do, what to see, or where to stay. You can plan everything just the way you like it.
Although I am preaching solo female travel, I must confess that most of the time it doesn’t feel like you are alone at all. In mostly every place I have stayed I have met amazing people that I end up travelling with for a few days or weeks at a time. So, in reality, although it is solo traveling, it is really traveling with new people all the time.
How to Get Started
Are you a girl that really wants to try backpacking but is too afraid or worried? Here are a few resources that will help make you feel comfortable and excited for the journey ahead.
- Get inspiration and support through online groups. There are a ton of Facebook groups dedicated to building communities around solo female travel. My favourite is Girls Love Travel.
- Research your desired destinations through reputable sources such as Culture Trip and Lonely Planet.
- Talk to your friends and family who have travelled before. Let them know your concerns so they can help to ease your mind.
- If it is a matter of budget stopping you, get tips on how to save money while travelling.
- Flights are expensive, make sure to find cheap flights.
Solo female travel does not have to be a scary thing. This world has evolved immensely over the past few decades, let alone the past few years. If you honestly and truly want to backpack alone, and something is stopping you, don’t let it. Booking that one-way plane ticket was the best thing that ever happened to me and can be the best thing that happens to you.
So, let’s break this stereotype of how solo female travel is dangerous and should be avoided. The world is a more friendly, kind, and loving place than we think. Now you just need to go out there and see it for yourself!
Guest post by Kira Michelle from the Kira Michelle Travels blog.