Solo Female Travel – Travelling Alone Is Not As Scary As You Think (Part 3)

Traveling alone will be the scariest, most liberating, life-changing experience of your life. Try it at least once!

We are so excited to publish part-3 of Solo Female Traveler’s Interview Series. Today we are introducing 3 more solo backpackers who will share their best travel experience and tips.

You can never imagine how traveling solo can change your life. While traveling solo you are solely responsible for all the decisions. Decisions are sometimes right or wrong, but every experience is lifetime learning for you. Traveling and exploring any country is just like a phenomenal. Every moment you are amazed by the beauty and culture of that country.

Let’s read some interesting experiences of our lionhearted solo female travelers.

Travel Tips for Female Solo Traveler


Claudia Tavani

Please Introduce yourself to our readers.

Claudia Tavani, Italy. I am a former human rights lawyer, turned travel blogger to follow my true passions. I blog at My Adventures Across The World.

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

None. I was so sure of what I wanted to do, that nobody dared to question my decision!

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

I am at about 60 countries, maybe more? I absolutely loved South Africa, for its varied landscape, its beautiful people, and all the delicious food and wine.

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

I’d love to go to Mongolia, a great adventure destination. And any solo female traveler should visit Bolivia: easy to travel around, wonderful people, safe and cheap!

How do you do planning and budgeting of any trip?

I don’t really plan or budget, except for getting flights well in advance.

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

I hardly ever feel lonely. I get to meet so many people when traveling solo, that there’s no time to feel lonely. Staying at hostels is a great way to meet other travelers too.

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

I got stranded in San Blas Islands in Panama in 2014 – I was too seasick to continue the cruise!

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

Sunblock, because I have to protect my skin; a fake wallet with a few notes and expired cards, just for safety; sunglasses, to protect my eyes; a good camera / smartphone with a good camera; a book to read on the road.

Any bad experience you faced? Safety tips.

Cape Town isn’t the safest place: I kept being followed by beggars on Long Street. I eventually resolved to using Uber if I had to go through that, and definitely at night. Better be safe than sorry.

Do you think male solo traveler are easily accepted?

I don’t think it makes a difference. I just think it’s easier for them in terms of safety and whoever says it’s not true is a liar. Or a man.

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!


Dominique

Please Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hi everyone! My name is Dominique and I am Travel & Food Blogger at Escape Around The World. I got started blogging as a way to share my experiences with the world. Blogging helps me help others, but it has also made me more aware of the world around me. Now, I tend to pick up on things I would normally miss when traveling because I am making myself pay attention to the details. These details matter, especially to someone traveling to a location for the first time. I like to write as though the reader is right there with me!

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

Traveling solo has its challenges, especially if you are a woman. People close to me have expressed concern to my safety because being a woman unfortunately makes me more vulnerable. But they also know that I am a planner. I do a lot of research before a trip and my preparation definitely gives me an advantage.

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

I have explored most of the United States, as well as parts of Canada, The Caribbean, Asia and Europe. So altogether, it’s about 15 countries and counting. My favorite place to travel if I just HAD to pick one is Thailand. It is such a dynamic country with lots of different landscapes and experiences. I had a jam-packed trip, yet I still feel like there is so much more to discover.

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

My dream destination right now is Nigeria. I did an ancestry dna test and found out that I am about 20% Nigerian, among a bunch of other ethnicities. I plan on visiting within the next few years to learn more about my history!

One travel destination I would suggest for a female solo traveler is Amsterdam. The people there are so friendly and laid back. I remember getting lost (because the street signs are all in Dutch) and two different people graciously helped me find my way. It was a short interaction, but sometimes it’s those little moments that really stick with you.

How do you do planning and budgeting of any trip?

I am always saving for the next trip, even if I don’t have one in mind yet. I put a percentage of each check into a different bank account that isn’t connected to my main one. When I finally decide on a place to travel to, I usually have most of the money for it already!

I plan by researching on the internet. I look for top rated experiences but I also leave time each day for exploring. There are some things that you won’t find online. You don’t want to plan your trip too much where you have no time to be spontaneous.

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

Personally, I love my alone time. I really don’t get lonely during traveling because I’m so focused on my new surroundings. But if I did have an issue with loneliness, I would probably make friends online with locals before my trip and perhaps meet up with them for some coffee. There are a lot of solo female travel groups on Facebook where you can meet people and get good advice as well.

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

I haven’t had anything too crazy happen to me. But no matter where I travel to, some random man always comes up and asks me if I want to buy drugs…it never fails!

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

Portable Charger: This is a must! I use an Anker one I bought on Amazon and it is a lifesaver!
Hand Sanitizer: To reduce the chance of getting sick
Toilet Paper: Believe it or not, there is not a guarantee that every bathroom will have toilet paper
Poncho: Depending on the climate, rain can be unpredictable
Deodorant: Gotta stay fresh

Any bad experience you faced? Safety tips.

When I traveled to Europe for the first time, it was extremely cold. Because of that, I got extremely sick. I missed out on sightseeing and I always regret that. I was unprepared for the cold weather and did not pack warm enough clothes.

Do you think male solo traveler are easily accepted?

Of course male solo travelers are accepted. Men do not have to worry as much about their safety. The thought of female solo travelers still raises eyebrows.

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?

Do not let the lack of a companion keep you from traveling to where you want to go to! Sometimes, you just have to take things into your own hands and go places by yourself. You are sure to meet nice people along the way, anyways. Just make sure you keep your safety in mind at all times and do proper research before you go.


Nomzamo

Please Introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Nomzamo and I come from South Africa.

I have always had a deep desire to travel, but somehow life got in the way and it always seemed expensive.
In 2015, I quit my job in the investment sector, sold all my belongings and hit the road. I started in Europe, and then headed to Asia. I haven’t looked back since then.

Feel free to check more of my travels on instragram @zamo_nk.

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

I had full support from both my friends and family, and they continue to support me till today.

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

I have seen a few countries, but there’s still a lot more I want to explore.
Favourite country in the world? I can’t say because I still have lots to see.
Favourite country in Asia? That I can answer.
It’s a big toss between Myanmar and Japan.
For me when I travel, people really make my journey. I was welcomed with open arms in both countries.
The two countries are very different but they appealed to me in similar ways; warmth, generosity, openness and lots to see and do in both countries.
However, I did enjoy Japanese food more.

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

Bucket list – Travel more African countries and South America.

Advice – Not every country is for everyone. So travel first to countries that appeal to you and not what’s popular. Research the country before going.

How do you do planning and budgeting of any trip?

In the beginning I used to plan a lot, down to the last hour of my day. However, now I don’t plan that much. I sometime even go to new places without any accommodation booked. It has worked out to actually be cheaper than online (not all the time though).

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

I mostly stay at hostels; they are a great way to make friends.
For me being a black female solo traveller has played in my favour.
People are always intrigued by my presence; it has mostly gotten me invites to people’s houses for dinner and local tours.

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

Does taking pictures with random babies count as crazy? I get asked a lot by parents to take pictures with their babies.

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

1. Rain coat (trust me on this one)
2. Good comfortable backpack (if you’re backpacking across countries)
3. At least one nice outfit for when you’re going out and want to feel pretty
4. Prescription medication (if you take any, and make sure it is allowed in the country you’re traveling to)
5. Your sense of adventure, let loose and enjoy.

Any bad experience you faced? Safety tips.

For my first solo trip in China, I got my luggage stolen by a taxi. I was lucky enough that it was only clothes and not my passport, money and camera. It was a shocking experience. I sat on the phone with my boyfriend for hours inconsolable. However, I woke in the morning and realised that I am already in China and should try to make the most of it. At the time I only stayed in Hotels and not hostels. With my clothes stolen I didn’t have enough money to continue staying at the hotel, so I had to look for something cheaper.

I found a very nice hostel. The thought of sharing a room with strangers, terrified me but I thought “Hey, what’s the worst that could happen now?” When I checked in the receptionist was very welcoming and made my stay memorable and so did the people I shared a room with. All in all the experience in the beginning was terrible, but turned out not not be all that bad.

Safety tips – Always be vigilant to your surroundings. Let at least one person know where you are staying at all times.

Do you think male solo traveler are easily accepted?

Easily accepted? I can’t say. Easier for them to travel? For sure.
Men can easily couch-surf and hitchhike across many countries.
As women, you have to do your due diligence before you can couch-surf, and most of the time you’re thinking “what if?”
However, being a female traveller also has its perks.

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 go for it, I did and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.


Are you a solo traveler? Contact us to get featured in the next series. Have you ever thought about traveling alone

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Some journeys can be only traveled alone!

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