A Solo Travel Guide for Women (Infographic)
By Twinty Karat
Sometimes one has to travel alone. Whether by choice or circumstances may make little difference. If you’re a woman traveling alone there are more things to consider than a man. Good or bad unfortunately that’s how things are if you’re a woman. If you’re a woman in a situation where you’re traveling alone here are some things to consider. View the infographic below for helpful tips on this solo travel guide for women.
Solo Travel can be a Fantastic Experience
If given the chance, traveling solo is a fantastic experience for women if they are well prepared. As a woman you should try to take advantage of solo travel. You’ll learn more about yourself as a person if you’re alone. There is no group or others with you to influence you. Its great to be out there just exploring. That’s especially true if its your dream to travel the world.
Just be aware, especially on your first trip alone there can be nervousness. Some anxiety you’ve never felt before since if its your first trip alone. There is no backup, no one to tell your problems to. Some situations you may not be sure how to handle.
However, like many things in life, there is always a first for everything. So the feeling is not really new. It may just be a heightened feeling. Make up your mind that you can handle any situation that comes your way.
Turn away any feelings of distress. Try to relax so as to make the whole experience more enjoyable. The first solo experience is probably the hardest so know that it will be easier the next time around.
The following infographic is a helpful guide to solo travel for women. It illustrates some things and actions to help make your solo travel adventure a satisfying one. Also see a few tips to help keep you on a flight and not start off on the wrong foot. The ideal situation is an experience you can look back on in future years with fond memories of your solo travel adventures.
More on Solo Travel for Women
If you think about it you might figure there would be fewer women traveling alone than men. But according to Express that is not the case.
If you’re a woman just like men you too should have the freedom see the world by yourself. After all you’re just as able as a guy to venture out into the world alone.
Here are three tips to consider for solo women travelers by Janice Waugh.
- Plan your first night well. – You need to make sure your first night goes well. That means you should make sure you have a place to sleep. You don’t want to be in a position where you are searching for a place to sleep and its getting dark or is already dark. Do it early in daylight, well before dark. In the event your accommodations aren’t right for you then you still have time left before dark to make other arrangements.
- If you’re young be very cautious. You need to be more careful about unscrupulous characters than older women. Read this.
- Be patience. It might take a day or two to get back to your normal self. That is to ease the initial shocks of being out there all alone dealing with whatever comes your way. You need to be patient and calm.
Your First Solo Trip is the Hardest
Like many things in life the first time you try anything new it is the hardest. Things usually become easier with practice or doing the same thing over. It’s almost surely going to be like that with solo travel.
Some of us are thrown into that situation without time to even think about it. It may not be a planned travel experience, but one in which you were delegated by others to go on. For example on one of my jobs I had to fry from California to Minnesota for training for a week. That was easy because once there it was similar to being back home on the job. Such situations to handle.
Another trip of mine was a little more challenging. I had to fly to another country, Hongkong, where I didn’t know the language, or where to stay and other minor things. Still it was relatively easy because I had people there meet me and that eased the tension and anxiety.
In getting past the fear of your first solo trip Tracey Nesbitt in her article interviewed many people. Here’s what one of her fellow travelers Helen said:
Nancy: Friends tell me I am brave because I travel solo. I am not brave but I do realize that if I do not travel solo, I will not be traveling or only traveling once in a great while. My desire to travel pushes me through the fears and doubts. And Jane, the fears and doubts are always so much greater than reality. Go for it. I started solo traveling at 66 so age is not a barrier either.
If you’re a woman doing solo travel, take this tip into consideration. It can be a great help in all sorts of situations if you ever need it. Bring a wedding ring along. Whether you’re married or not, bring it. It can be really helpful to wear it and pretend you’re attached, whether you’re attached or not. That can help eliminate or moderate some situations you might find yourself in.