While you can never have too many safety tips traveling as a female solo traveler, I’ve narrowed them down to my top 10. I’ve traveled solo to Barbados, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, London, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and 6 cruises.
- Pack Light: You’ll be less stressed, save money and become more mobile the lighter you pack. Try to stick with colors like black, brown, dark blue so you won’t need many pairs of shoes. Don’t be afraid to wear the same jeans/pants and wear the same outfit on you roundtrip flights.
- Plan Ahead: Plan your travel from arrival to departure and everything in between. Know your flight & hotel information, how you will get to your hotel, how you travel to your excursions/tours, and your plans for your rest day. Always try to arrive at your destination during the day so you can get a feel for your surroundings.
- Travel Smart: Enroll in STEP ( Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) https://step.state.gov/step/. You’ll receive the latest safety & security information for your destination country so you can make informed decisions about your travel. Plus the information you provide enables the US Embassy or Consulate to contact you in an emergency.
- Share details with loved ones: Never travel without telling your family or friends. Email a copy of your passport, hotel/flight/tour information to a trusted person. Plus keep a copy of this information inside of your passport holder and take a picture of it using your cell phone.
- Be Private: Once your away don’t share your hotel information with strangers and definitely don’t tell anyone that you’re traveling solo. It’s rare that people ask but occasionally you’ll get a nosey person to ask if you’re alone. If you don’t want to lie by saying you’re with a boyfriend or girlfriend then learn to be politely vague.
- Protect yourself & your money: We all can scream but it may not be loud enough to be heard. Carry a personal alarm that’ll be sure to stop any idiot from messing with you. I personally use the Vigilant Alarm but thank God I haven’t had any use for it yet. Always travel with an anti-theft purse or wallet. I personally use the Travelon Anti-Theft Cross Body Bag
- Use a door alarm: If you’re anything like me, a chair gets pushed up against the hotel door to make you feel more secure. The thought of waking up to a stranger standing over my bed would surely send me straight to heaven without collecting my $200. I now use an alarm wedge doorstop which is audible up to 1000 feet away.
- Don’t eat Alone: I personally hate eating by myself on a daily basis and prefer to eat with others even if they are strangers. Search for themed dinner plays, cooking classes or dinner cruises which will be sure to entertain your evening. No matter what you eat, please stay sober and don’t get intoxicated!
- Say No to Social Media: Social media and technology will not die if we take a break from it. Unless you’re taking pictures, just say No to the electronic gadgets and enjoy yourself. There’s no better to discover yourself and enjoy your journey until you release what you’re comfortable doing on a daily basis.
- Buy/Meet/Stay Local: Check out the local grocery stores, eateries, arts, crafts and stay in a local hotel if you feel comfortable. Although it’s exciting to participate in the tourist attractions, it’s a beautiful feeling to support and meet the locals.
Remember nothing pushes your confidence more than taking a journey on your own.
What are your tips for female solo-travelers?