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A guide to solo travelling as a woman

Article by GVI


Posted: February 11, 2023

Solo travelling has become increasingly popular in recent years, with travellers seeking new experiences and a sense of adventure. Women, in particular, are embracing the opportunity to travel solo, seeking independence, self-discovery, and personal growth. If you’re thinking about solo travelling as a woman, here’s everything you need to get started. 

Why do it? The benefits of solo travelling as a woman

Solo travelling provides women with the opportunity for independence and self-discovery. Stepping out of one’s comfort zone and facing new experiences and challenges can lead to improved confidence and a greater sense of adventure. It also allows for time for personal reflection, allowing women to connect with their inner selves and identify their goals and aspirations.

Safety for solo women travellers

While the benefits of solo travel are many, safety is always a concern. It is essential for women to prepare for their journey by researching their destination, familiarising themselves with safety tips, and having emergency contacts readily available. It is also important to be aware of cultural differences and gender norms in the destination country, as these can impact the level of safety for solo women travellers.

In addition to being aware of cultural differences, women should also take precautionary measures to ensure their safety while travelling solo. This includes staying in well-lit areas, avoiding being alone at night, and being mindful of their surroundings at all times. It is also recommended that women travel with a personal safety device, such as a loud whistle or pepper spray, for added peace of mind.

Tips for solo women travellers

Solo travel can be a thrilling and empowering experience, but it is important to be prepared and informed. Here are some tips for women travelling solo to help ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

Build a network

Connecting with other travellers or local groups can help women feel less isolated and more supported. Joining travel groups or Meetup groups in the destination city can provide opportunities to meet new people and make connections. It is also a good idea to inform friends and family of the itinerary and keep them updated on the journey.

Embrace new experiences

Solo travel is the perfect opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Women can embrace the opportunity to try new foods, learn the local language, and meet new people. Engaging with local communities, attending cultural events, and taking tours can provide a deeper understanding of the destination and its culture.

Stay connected

Keeping in touch with loved ones back home can provide comfort and peace of mind for women travelling solo. Modern technology makes it easier than ever to stay connected, with options such as video calls, instant messaging, and social media. It is important to also have a backup plan in case of emergencies, such as a local contact or a trusted friend who can assist if needed.

Be prepared

Preparation is key to a successful solo travel experience. Researching the destination, familiarising yourself with safety tips, and having emergency contacts readily available can help women feel confident and informed. Women should also pack accordingly, with items such as a first-aid kit, travel-sized toiletries, and comfortable clothing.

Take precautions

While solo travel can be an incredible experience, it is important to be mindful of safety concerns. Women should take precautions to ensure their safety, such as staying in well-lit areas, avoiding being alone at night, and being mindful of their surroundings at all times. Travelling with a personal safety device, such as a loud whistle or pepper spray, can provide added peace of mind.

Volunteer abroad

Volunteering abroad can be a great option for solo travellers who want to give back to local communities while exploring new destinations. By participating in a volunteer program, women can immerse themselves in local cultures, meet new people, and make a positive impact on the world. 

GVI offers a range of volunteer programs in various locations, including options for women travelling solo, ensuring a safe and supportive environment. GVI provides comprehensive pre-departure support, including information on safety and security, and ongoing support throughout the program, so you can focus on making a difference and enjoying your travel experience. 

Whether it’s working on a conservation project, teaching English, or supporting healthcare initiatives, volunteering with GVI offers a unique and fulfilling travel experience for women travelling solo.

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