Solo Female Travel – Travelling alone is not as scary as you think (part 2)

To the continuation of our series “Solo Female Travel – Travelling alone is not as scary as you think“, we bring you interesting inputs from more backpackers and women solo travellers.

Anybody can be an explorer if they want to be. You can be an astronaut if you want. Figure out what you want to do, and then go do it.

Helen Thayer

We invited solo female backpacking traveler across the world. This article is dedicated to all women who think you can’t do it because you are a woman. These lovely travelers will show you how they are still going on such an adventurous journey.

Let’s hear in their own words:

 


Kirsten Elder

Please Introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Kirsten Elder and I’m 24 years young. I was stuck in a dead end job for 6 and a half years and decided to pack it in and travel. For ages I waited for my friends to join me but then I realised ho

Travel Tips for Female Solo Traveler

w many people out there are travelingsolo and decided to join them. So far I’ve been travelling for just over 3 months and you will find all my pictures from my journey on my instagram blog.

How was others reaction when you declared about your decision of solo traveling?

Everyone was shocked and to be honest they were more nervous for me than I was for myself.

How many places have you explored till now? Which one is your most favorite and why?

Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Korkula, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Shkoder, Tirane, Berat, Gjiokaster, Sarandë, Corfu, Athens, Arcadia. Now heading to Spain/Portugal area.

It’s hard to say a favourite. I think Budapest is underrated, everyone should go! Prague is beautiful as is a lot of Croatia. I could say positive things about most cities.

What is on your bucket list? Your dream place to visit. Any travel destination you would suggest for a female solo traveler.

Maldives, Bali, Hawaii.. the list goes on.

For a female traveller you are not limited for where to go. I felt safe in all of Europe.

How do you do planning and budgeting of any trip?

I ended up working a lot before I set off travelling so money wasn’t as much of a concern. Hostels and backpacking is the way forward. Also free walking tours and not always going out for food. If the hostels have a kitchen make use of it.

How do you beat loneliness while traveling? Tips to make local friends or get a group of company.

Honestly when you stay in hostels you meet so many amazing people. In the past 3 months I have been travelling I think only around 4 days I never had a companion which wasn’t so bad as it was nice to have some time by myself.

Do you remember any crazy thing that happened to you while traveling?

Crazy thing? Nothing bad or that. Just my Scottish drunken antics.

Your backpacking tips for other women. Just pick 5 must-have items you would love to have in your travel bag.

Ok so a power bank charger is so handy – the one I have charges your battery to 100% 4 times so you’ll never be out of battery if you are out for the whole day.
Padlocks for your backpack and lockers are useful to give you a sense of security when leaving your items in a hostel.
Lightweight towel such as a microfibre towel is the way forward – light weight and dries quickly.
PACKING CUBES – Do not pack your backpack without these, they make everything so much easier!!
If you do decide to stay in hostels please make sure you take flip flops. You are sharing a bathroom with a lot of other tourists and the bathrooms aren’t always the nicest – you’ll thank me if you take them.

Any bad experience you faced? Safety tips.

Nothing at all so far.

Do you think male solo traveler are easily accepted?

Yes of course. Just as equally as woman!

Any advice or word of motivation you would like to give to other women who have a dream to be a solo traveler just like you?

Honestly it’ll be the best thing you’ve ever done. You make so many great memories, meet so many friends, learn about different cultures and more!

Even if you try it and don’t like it, you can say you had the courage to try it! And if you don’t try it, it’ll play on your mind for long and regret not giving it a go.


Cassandra Arico

Please Introduce yourself to our readers.

I’m a 33 yr old travel blogger and single mother of 5 residing in the United States. My name is Cassandra Arico and my blog is Single Mom, Strong Traveler.

How was others reaction when you declared about your decision of solo traveling?

My family was very supportive and check in every week to make sure we’re doing alright.

How many places have you explored till now? Which one is your most favorite and why?

I’ve explored 11 states in the US and Ontario, Canada with my children. As a solo traveler: 19 states in the US and 8 other countries. My favorite was Lucerne, Switzerland. It’s gorgeous there and the people are so friendly.

What is on your bucket list? Your dream place to visit. Any travel destination you would suggest for a female solo traveler.

My top item on my bucket list is tied between two places: Chang Mai in Thailand and Petra in Jordan.

How do you do planning and budgeting of any trip?

I look for travel deals including flights among several different websites. I also set aside 10% at least from every paycheck. I look for the less tourist spots as well.

How do you beat loneliness while traveling? Tips to make local friends or get a group of company.

I look on several FB groups to see if anyone else is there. I also sign up for group tours to meet new people.

Do you remember any crazy thing that happened to you while traveling?

My daughter ended up getting strep throat during our one trip. Thankfully the hospital was able to see her quickly and prescribe medicine.

Your backpacking tips for other women. Just pick 5 must-have items you would love to have in your travel bag.

Travel smart all-in-one adapter, flight fillow neck pillow, small first aid kit, large scarf and portable power bank

Any bad experience you faced? Safety tips.

Luckily I haven’t any yet but a couple tips are keep a spare wallet with a couple small currency on top and your regular wallet below. Also keep your eyes always open.

Do you think male solo traveler are easily accepted?

Yes

Any advice or word of motivation you would like to give to other women who have a dream to be a solo traveler just like you?

Don’t ever give up! Take that leap of faith and live your dreams!


SuMei

Please Introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is SuMei and I am from Malaysia. I started my solo travel blog when I’ve decided to quit my previous job and started to travel as a Solo female traveller since last year October 2017 and it was a 4 months trip where I have been to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Currently I have started a new job and base in Philippines, will be here for a few months.

How was others reaction when you declared about your decision of solo traveling?

Some was surprised and most of my close friends supported me to so. YOLO and thanks to my supportive parents where they trusted and allowed me to travel by myself

How many places have you explored till now? Which one is your most favorite and why?

In total of 20 countries I have visited till 2018. I like Laos the most as the country is beautiful, laid back and people just know how to enjoy life over there.

What is on your bucket list? Your dream place to visit. Any travel destination you would suggest for a female solo traveler.

I would like to visit and explore South America in the near future and as a start, for a female solo traveler I will suggest to go Japan which is a relatively safe country to travel alone specially for female. I had a great time over there.

How do you do planning and budgeting of any trip?

Before I go for a trip, I will do research about the particular country. The expenses and the current situation in the country. And of course will check out the accommodation from hostelworld, airbnb etc. I found workaway website is meaningful and beneficial to the budget traveller like us. I got to know a lot local people and stayed with them during my solo travel time which was another different/ great experience.

How do you beat loneliness while traveling? Tips to make local friends or get a group of company.

In life, we can’t avoid loneliness even when we are not travelling. I do enjoy the solo time which allows me to listen myself more, ignore others feedback. Try to enjoy the ME time. Meanwhile, of course you could use various applications to meet up with other travellers including couchsurfing, meet up and even staying at hostel you will get the chance to meet a lot mutual interest people. To be honest, I really enjoy travel alone where I got to know more new friends and new exposure by myself!

Do you remember any crazy thing that happened to you while traveling?

Definitely! When I was travelling to Japan alone and met my US host which he sent me to Mt. Fuji in the midnight and I just tagged along with other japanese to reach the peak of Mt.Fuji. The whole journey took me about 14 hours back and fourth and it was indeed a crazy adventure with all the people I have met there!
There are many other stories during my solo trip and I just enjoy create more stories during my travel time!

Your backpacking tips for other women. Just pick 5 must-have items you would love to have in your travel bag.

Sunblock, comfort sneakers, camera, selfie stick, phone.

Any bad experience you faced? Safety tips.

Well in order to avoid bad experience, try to use common sense not to go out at night alone if you feel the place is not safe. Listen to your intuition and six sense, if you are not comfort to the particular things, dare to say NO!

Do you think male solo traveler are easily accepted?

In my opinion, male solo traveller is still easier to travel compare to Female due to society perception. However, ignore the norm which had set by the society, just enjoy yourself! Do whatever you like!

Any advice or word of motivation you would like to give to other women who have a dream to be a solo traveler just like you?

Dare to go with your dream. When your mind wanted to do something and you keep thinking instead of taking action, it will forever stuck in your mind. Just go ahead and dare to do it! Join the relevant female travel group and get more support from other girls! Remember, we are always be there for you. 🙂


Hope all your doubts and fear are clear. It’s not always the case where you have great solo traveling experience. Sometimes all your planning collapse and you put yourself in danger. It happens. The most valuable thing you learn from these bad experiences is patience and faith.

You must have a patience to react and analyse the whole situation. Your faith in yourself brings you up from any difficulty. At end of any solo traveling journey, you gain something which is a lifelong learning.

If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.

Angelina Jolie

Are you ready to pack your bag for? Have you ever gone for solo trip? How was your first solo traveling experience?

What is the main thing which stops you from traveling alone?

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