So you want to become a female solo traveller but are unsure how. You’ve heard that women are more likely to be targeted by criminals, and maybe even read an article or two about it when considering solo travel as a woman.

But as a woman who has travelled solo several times, I say go for it! Here are some tips that can help keep you safe and happy on your next trip. 

1. Selecting the destination is key

Selecting the destination is the most important thing.

When deciding on your travel destination, it’s essential to consider what you want out of your trip and where you feel most comfortable.

Do some research into the places that suit your needs and preferences. Consider if the area will be safe and familiar, not too far away or crowded, have good weather conditions (if applicable), and have good food options.

When travelling alone, knowing what’s happening in and around your neighbourhood is essential for staying safe. Stay in touch about new developments or events that could affect travel plans during your stay in a new city.

2. When selecting accommodation, be wise

When selecting your accommodation, remember that it is vital to ensure the place has good security for a female solo traveller. For example, if you are staying in a hotel, check if CCTV cameras are installed around the building.

Some cities you may want to visit as a female solo traveller have very high crime rates, so make sure that when choosing your location. Also, pick somewhere with suitable security measures for a woman travelling alone.

The last thing you want is to be robbed while travelling alone as a female solo traveller!

3. Arrive at daytime

You should arrive in the daytime.

This will help you avoid being nobody around and it’s dark. Sometimes, arriving in the daytime might be uncomfortable or difficult for you. Still, it will keep you safe in many ways:

  • There are more people around than generally expected for that time of day and location
  • You can see them (this may seem obvious)
  • In case anything happens to you, others will be able to assist with your situation.

4. Use the proper means of transportation, such as a registered taxi

Taking a registered taxi is much safer than hitched rides if you are travelling alone.

Legitimate taxis are easy to spot because they have a meter and a company’s name. Most of the time, these taxis can be booked using an app.

But if you’re still unsure about taking a cab, ask locals for advice. They can also point out which cabs are safe and which aren’t.

You can also use travel maps, which help you easily plan your journey from A to B.

5. Keep your money safe

You should always keep your money in a safe place you can easily access but not where it’s easily visible.

A good way is to hide some money in a hidden pocket.

Options you have are sewn into the waistband, pants, skirt or stuffed inside the jacket.

You can also buy a money belt that looks like an ordinary belt and put all your essential valuables there.

Another excellent idea is to use stash underwear. These are little pouches designed to hold cash and/or credit cards while still being very discreet under clothing.

6. Be confident

You have to be confident in your abilities. You can’t let fear of the unknown or unfamiliar hold you back from exploring, after all!

It is essential to learn to trust your instincts and be aware of your surroundings when something doesn’t feel right.

There’s no need to obsessively check behind you every five seconds on the street. However, it is essential not to let yourself get caught up in conversation when walking alone at night.

If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable at any point during your travels, don’t hesitate to ask for help from a local who appears willing and able. Locals are often happy to help out tourists. In addition, they will likely offer their assistance if they see an obvious problem.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

There are many situations when asking for assistance might be necessary.

For example, asking someone on the street may be easier than asking a local or tourist information booth. However, it’s still advisable to do so carefully because tourists are being robbed after being approached by people offering help.

Hotels and taxi drivers can also offer great advice as they are usually well-connected with locals. As a result, they may provide better recommendations than any guidebook could give!

Finally, police officers and medical professionals are always happy to help travellers feel safe during their travels. So don’t hesitate to ask them if something is unease!

8. Put on a poker face

It is important not to show fear in public, especially when travelling alone.

Don’t let others know you are alone, and don’t reveal too much about yourself. If someone tries to talk to you, be polite, keep your distance, and move away as quickly as possible.

When walking through the streets of a city or town, try not to show too much interest in other people or landmarks. This can make it seem like you’re looking for something (or someone) specific.

Other things you need to consider as a female solo traveller are, 

  • To stay in touch with your family and friends, get a local SIM card with an internet connection (an unlimited data plan is better).
  • Stay alert always. Avoid wearing headphones while walking or travelling to your destination. Instead, listen to what is going on around you.
  • Don’t let anyone come too close or touch you without your permission, especially men!
  • Carry a small self-defence weapon such as pepper spray and keep it accessible in an emergency.

Also, read about how to plan a vacation on a limited budget and how to plan an overseas vacation

The Bottom Line

Solo travel is one of the best ways to get out, see the world and experience new cultures.

But it does come with a few risks. Like any other travel, you must be smart about where you go, who you meet and what situations will likely arise.

This means being aware of your surroundings and taking extra precautions as a solo female traveller. 

Top 8 Safety Tips for Female Solo Traveller On Adventurous Vacations