Solo Female Travel – Travelling alone is not as scary as you think

Solo Travelling is more like a self-discovery. You will see the world from your own perspectives and find a new person within you. As a woman, solo travel is a big dream. But there are many myths about it. Do you want to start solo traveling? We are here to offer you some courageous solo female travelers who share their best tips.

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

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.

Nora Roberts

They all are criticized but they are not defeated. Traveling solo makes you a strong person because all the decisions are your own. You have to manage on your own. It’s not everybody’s task to roam alone and eat alone. You just need a strong desire to start your journey.

Once you have a zeal to do it, no one can stop you.

Traveling solo as a female get tips on travel

 


Mitali Deshmukh

Please Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hello there!!! Myself Mitali Deshmukh a vivid traveler. I call myself a vivid traveler because most of my choices in my life revolved around traveling. I planned my career such a way that I would keep traveling. I did not really become what I wanted to be, but I became an International Tour Leader which allowed me to go around the whole world, learned Japanese language and started working as a Japanese freelancer so I could travel to Japan and work there and in the desire of writing down my experience and travel more I started writing blogs at Mitali’s Travel Diary. I have been traveling solo and leading travel groups for past 8 years now.

How were others react when you declared about your decision of solo traveling?

My friends were shocked when I posted my first photo since I wanted to keep it a secret at first and a surprise later. But my parents were, of course, shocked, furious and worried at the same time. After understanding my point they were also happy and proud of me for doing it.

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

I have been to 31 countries in 4 continents till today. And New Zealand’s Queenstown and Tekapo is my most favorite destination.

Both towns have got some outstanding untouched natural beauty and I could never decide which one is the best. While Queenstown offers fabulous day trips like Milford Sound, Tekapo is a place which is best seen during the night, it is one place in the world from where you can see maximum stars in the sky. Going to the lakeside at night, lying on the ground and just admiring the sky is out of the world experience.

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

Well, the bucket list is huge. But I am very keen on visiting Central Europe, Africa, Iceland (I actually dream of bathing in Blue Lagoon). Iceland definitely tops on my list of dream places to visit. There are plenty of places where a female traveler can go solo without being much worried about safety. I can strongly suggest New Zealand on a high priority though.

How do you do planning and budgeting of any trip?

I keep a constant eye on upcoming deals from various airlines to grab cheapest deals possible. Use the maximum frequent flyer points I can which can reduce the air ticket expenses for me.

About the stay, instead of going for luxury hotels, I choose to stay in neat and clean hostels. The amount of money saved from this helps me spending more money for various sightseeing in one place. And of course, I try to target a particular amount to be spent a day which keeps my expenses in a limit.

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

As I mentioned since I choose hostels, I am able to find many other solo travelers like me, whether it be female or male. I happen to find friends when on trips without much efforts.

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

There are so many of them actually. I cannot really pinpoint at one. But I can definitely share the most recent one when I was offloaded from Turkish Airline at Istanbul airport. Since I was having an Italian consulate Schengen visa and I was first traveling to Munich which is not allowed (which I got to know at that time). I went to the airline counter to get things sorted and the staff gave me a boarding pass for the next flight to Munich, I explained to him again what went down and then there were 3 staff members debating with each other whether I can fly to Munich or not and I was simply standing there helplessly. I ended up first flying to Milan in Italy and then to Munich. That was quite an adventurous day.

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

1. Inner wears
2. Medicines
3. Toiletries
4. Comfortable Footwear
5. In-Flight Accessories

Any bad experience you faced? Safety tips.

None. I have just been lucky I suppose.

Do you think male solo traveler are easily accepted?

Definitely 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?

Just do it! Whenever you feel like it. If you think not now & maybe next time, hammer yourself with this thought, “This will never happen if I do not do it now. So it has to happen now”. Be safe as well as have fun. You find a different peace when you travel solo, you learn to enjoy your own company, you learn to handle any situations on your own, you learn to make new friends regardless of gender, age, caste, community, nationality. Just go for it GIRLS!!!


Brittany Steer

Please Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hi there! My name is Brittany and I have been to 17 countries. I am 28 years old and from Minnesota, USA. I work full-time as a counselor, however, I travel as often and as much as I can afford! My Instagram username is www.instagram.com/wandergoose it is completely travel-based. Also, check out The Solo Female Traveler Network on Facebook, we have over 130,000 members! I am one of the admins.

How were others react when you declared about your decision of solo traveling?

Terrified! They thought I was crazy. Everyone told me I would get kidnapped or sold into sex slavery. Or they felt bad for me because I didn’t have anyone to travel with. Some people thought it was brave and it was something they wish they could do, but those close to me were scared.

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

I have been to 17 countries! My first trip I went on solo was 2.5 weeks to Peru and Ecuador. I have also gone solo to Greece, Sweden, Iceland, and New Zealand. This fall when I finish my Master’s degree I will be traveling southeast Asia solo for a few months. It is very hard to pick a favorite, as I love every place I have been to in a different way. I loved Ecuador because it was my first solo country and it gave me so much strength, but Iceland feels like you are on a different planet.

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

Basically everywhere! Vietnam and Cambodia have always been very high on my list, but now I am going there in a few months! I would also love to see the Great Wall of China. I strongly recommend New Zealand and Iceland for solo female travelers if you enjoy the outdoors.

How do you do planning and budgeting of any trip?

I use Lonely Planet’s travel guides! I purchase the books, but then I also browse online. I am also an admin of The Solo Female Traveler Network on Facebook, we have over 130,000 members! I have gotten a lot of knowledge from the ladies on there. I travel backpacker style, so I do not check bags, bring clothes that I was while I travel, and stay in hostels or Airbnb. In countries like Iceland, which are VERY expensive, I bought all my food at the grocery store and then cooked.

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

Loneliness is the hardest the first couple of days. You start to miss what is comfortable and get scared. I reach out to loved ones, and honestly, for my first trip, I searched on google for tips for first time solo female travelers.

I wish I had known about The Solo Female Traveler Network before I started traveling solo! If you are feeling lonely, go somewhere comfortable. That might be a Starbucks, or Mcdonalds, or even an inviting looking coffee shop or restaurant.

Take some time to situate yourself and remember why you came. I stay in hostels or join group tours to meet people, and I also downloaded Backpacker and Travello, which are social apps for meeting up with other travelers. The Solo Female Traveler Network also has a meetup subgroup!

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

When I was in Peru I forgot my Ipad in my hostel room. Two Aussies I was rooming with tagged me on facebook stating that they had found it and gave it to the hostel staff. I was out of town for a few days, but I did go back and find it! Then the next week I was in a different part of the country and I bumped into them! It just shows the kindness of strangers.

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

Dry shampoo, portable phone charger, selfie stick, a purse that crosses my body and has a zipper (harder to get robbed) and my cell phone. I always travel with snacks too! I have been too scared to go into stores when I first get to a new country, so it always nice to have a snack with you.

Additionally, always keep your money and cards in more than one location. If something happens you don’t want to lose everything. I use three separate locations after learning this the hard way when I lost my wallet when I was traveling.

Any bad experience you faced? Safety tips.

When I was in Peru, I was traveling to Machu Picchu with a travel company. I was on my way back on a train, and then a driver was supposed to meet me there and drive me the rest of the hour and a half to Cusco. My driver wasn’t there! I was stranded in the small town and was super panicked. I couldn’t figure out how the bus system worked, and I was crying. Taxis were charging an outrageous amount, and I didn’t have cash. A guy came up to me and offered me a ride for 50USD and eventually, I said yes. I thought he was a taxi driver, but he wasn’t! I got in the car with a random guy! I was terrified he was going to kidnap me and I sat in a panic for the entire drive.

Luckily nothing happened, but it was not a smart decision. I got very lucky. There was also an evening where I had too much to drink. As a solo female traveler, make sure to drink in moderation. We are in a new place and it is dangerous to not be alert.

Do you think male solo traveler are easily accepted?

Yes. Men are viewed as being able to take care of themselves and are seen as more resourceful. It is much harder as a solo female traveler

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?

Believe in yourself! You can never imagine how strong and resourceful you are. I have learned so much about myself from traveling solo. I started traveling solo because I was unhappy with my life and was depressed.

I am an introvert, but I loved traveling, so I decided to just do it! I haven’t looked back since. Sure, I get uncomfortable and shy at times, but we need to be uncomfortable to grow and change.

I never imagined I was capable of everything I have done when I am traveling. With only yourself to rely on, we are pretty amazing 🙂 And join The Solo Female Traveler Network on Facebook!


Adah

Please Introduce yourself to our readers.

Holla! I’m Adah. I didn’t like my name when I was a kid. I am 26. I was hailed and cultured in the capital of the Philippines – Manila. I am a pursuer of dreams and believer in the power of the universe. I have been solo traveling (http://pinaywanderess.com/solo-traveling-was-never-my-thing-before-it-became-my-way-of-life/) for a year in Southeast Asia and pursuing my passion for writing at the same time through my own platform called Pinay Wanderers.

What is my story? I was a public school (http://pinaywanderess.com/quit-public-school-teaching ) teacher in my home country. While it genuinely filled my heart to have spent four years repeating myself, laying the school rules, reminding about homework, and sharing life lessons (while having one hundred emotions in a day) to my students; in between school days, I was dreaming of becoming a nomad with my life in a backpack, a writer with solid readers, a decent photographer, or even an astronaut (this is if I would literally dream farther).

So I quit the stable job and booked my first ever international fight ticket. I went off to see the world outside of the Philippines, to immerse in cultures I have never seen, and to grow as a human being.

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

When I first told my sister about my plan, she was obviously stunned. She was like, mahirap yan (that is difficult!). I did not tell my mom until two weeks before my flight, and she was not very surprised. She probably already saw it coming when I told her I was quitting public school (being her most stubborn daughter that I have always been).

Generally, everyone was intimidated including me. My grandmother and my friends were the most supportive, even until today, they still got my back. I was scared too, yes. I had a job at 21 that could last until I’m 65, but I knew that I had to leave to make things happen. So now, I am making it happen.

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

I have been all around Southeast Asia and my favorite is Thailand, which is my current base – I am living in its vibrant city of Bangkok.

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

The big trips would be South America and Norway.

How do you do planning and budgeting of any trip?

I left Philippines with 1000 USD. I did not really save up a huge amount of money (I know this is not smart), but I sort of relay on my skills. Currently, I am choosing to travel as a lifestyle. I am honestly struggling to make it sustainable, yetI have learned that you will always end up fine (no matter what). True enough, I always end up fine.

I teach English, write content, do some hostel works, and volunteer to sustain my travel. I am also learning some digital works which can potentially finance my future travel (hooray).

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

I always make sure to have a constant connection with my family and friends back home. To be honest, whenever I travel, having a group is the least of my priorities. If I meet people, then I meet people. I do not really put an effort into finding a group. For instance, when I was in Bagan, Myanmar; I was literally alone for days, and it was okay.

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

I got lost a few times, but those were fun. I am always lucky to find good people on the road. I think crazy for me is sort of synonymous to the fun.

What advice would you give to women of similar background who want to travel solo like you?

It was a lie when they made us believe that we can only do so little in this world so big. I wish you would know that there are just infinite possibilities out there (http://pinaywanderess.com/this-is-why-i-tell-you-to-take-a-leap/, and that they may not guarantee success but they are worth trying.

I hope that you would listen to your heart’s desires and that you would take time to create yourself, to take that brave moment, to embrace that uniqueness, to figure out the way of life you have always wanted – and if that is traveling solo, I am with you!

Together, we can break barriers and go beyond boundaries, so let us continue to persist. Be kind to yourself, believe in you. You will be surprised by how much you can do in this lifetime!

Any bad experience you faced? Safety tips.

Thank the universe that I have not experienced any bad thing traveling alone. Southeast Asia, in general, is safe for female travelers. However, you must still remain vigilant at all times and always follow your instinct. If you feel unsafe, leave.

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?

Traveling solo in its purest form, more than the most beautiful and exotic places that you will see will lead you to discover your truest self (I never knew I could be so resilient on many crazy life events!). It will make you believe in yourself more (because no one got you on the road but you), most especially if you have seen a vast ray of possibilities. It lets you meet diverse people of different nationalities and you learn from them.

There’s this Japanese woman I met who was traveling the world after getting divorced twice and surviving cancer. She told me that I am still young and I have so many possibilities in life (I cried) when I told her I am worried about my future.

I met an old French guy in his sixties who is traveling Vietnam nine months after her wife died of cancer. That they got travel plans together but she did not make it.

The life is short is a cliché for a reason. I met a South African man whose life story’s an epitome of “you will end up fine”; he was stateless for months in his twenties. He was kicked out of SA as an activist, penniless, but strive. He ended up having a dual citizenship from Canada and America.

They are few of the warmest and genuine people I met on the road. Meeting them is learning more about life and myself.

You will never know unless you try.


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 the patience to react and analyze 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 a solo trip? How was your first solo traveling experience?

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

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