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Advice for a Solo Female Traveler?

Hello Matador Community!

I’m looking for advice for potential solo female travelers by solo female travelers. Your answers would be used an upcoming article that I am writing in order to encourage more women to travel and give any hesitant friends/family peace of mind.

To be included please answer all of the following questions. If you have a website/blog, include it as well and I will link back to your site 🙂

Name/ Age/ Nationality:
How long have you been traveling for?
What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)?
 What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler?

Feel free to ask me any follow up questions! Thank you 🙂

View Profile 2017-04-02 17:32:54 PDT

<div class=”board-reply-body”>Hi Carolyn,Gill Morris/ 48/ British:
How long have you been traveling for? I travelled solo in 2005, 2007 and more extensively in 2008 and my travels led me to Bangkok where I am now living
What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? I went to Australia back in 2005 because my husband and I had started to drift apart and I went to get some space and work things out in my own head. That trip gave me the confidence to end things and to do more travelling.
 What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? Be yourself, trust yourself and use your common sense.

My blog is at http://www.talkingthailand.co.uk

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View Profile 2017-04-08 05:19:54 PDT

Name/ Age/ Nationality: Kelly/24/American<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />How long have you been traveling for? Traveling solo for 2 years<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? You can do whatever you want, when you want. When I traveled with friends, it was too difficult because everyone has different interests. One of the big reasons why I wanted to solo travel was so I could make more friends. I found that more people are likely to approach you when you’re solo vs. when you’re in a huge group. Huge groups are intimidating!<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” /> What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? Walk with a purpose! If you look lost, creepy people might take advantage of you. Also, don’t be afraid to say no or stand up for yourself if you get unwanted attention. 

View Profile 2017-04-08 09:08:57 PDT

Name/ Age/ Nationality: Allison / 28 / American<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;” />How long have you been traveling for? On and off since for about 10 years.<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;” />What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? I like the freedom of setting my own agenda, and also making time for writing and reading, which are solitary activities.<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;” /> What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? Don’t feel down if loneliness is getting to you. There are days where you might not speak to others — especially if you are in a country where you don’t speak the language. Find a way to record your journey and share it online or with people back home.

View Profile 2017-04-08 17:10:48 PDT

Ginger/26/American

Not currently traveling, due to my current job schedule. I work during the school year and travel during the summer months. The past two summers I went on solo hiking adventures around the West Coast, including 1100 miles of Oregon and Washington PCT, the Tahoe Rim Trail, the Wonderland Trail, trips on the coast of Lake Superior in Ontario, Canada, and the John Muir Trail (although this trip was not solo, but with 3 other badass ladies).

I didn’t so much decide to go alone, as I decided to go. I went, and no one came with me, and that was fine. I went because I wanted to. I’d heard person after person telling me not to go alone because women are far more likely to be the victims of vicious crime or be targeted for harassment… But I’d been on many solo weekend adventures in the backcountry areas near my home and had never encountered any such treatment. I didn’t want to let my being a woman get in the way of doing what I wanted. After all, I didn’t choose to be a woman, but if I could go back and change it, I wouldn’t.

The advice I’d give to solo female travelers is this: just go.

View Profile 2017-04-08 18:48:43 PDT

Hey There!

– Michelle Lueck, 34, Canadian
– Solo traveled just once, to Amsterdam for two weeks
– I travelled solo because my friend ended up not being able to go with me.  After much thought and many worries,  I came to the conclusion that:
1. I’m single.  I might always be single.  I didn’t want to miss out on travelling just because I didn’t have someone to go with.
2. I’m smart and cautious.  Just because I would be in a different country didn’t mean I would become careless.
3. I would experience complete independence for the first time in my life.
4. If I was miserable I could book a flight to the UK to visit my family there.  Worst case, I could book an earlier flight home.  If it was that bad I wouldn’t be concerned with money.
5. I would discover whether I liked travelling solo or not.  If I didn’t I never had to do it again.
– My one piece of advice for other solo female travellers would be to be confident; don’t be afraid to reach beyond your comfort zone.

I’ve written about how my trip changed me:
https://lifeofacanadiangirl.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/have-a-little-faith-the-story-of-how-following-my-heart-changed-me/

My blog:
https://lifeofacanadiangirl.wordpress.com/
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View Profile 2017-04-09 00:03:49 PDT

Name/Age/Nationality: Liz Hartman/29/USA

How long have you been traveling for?: I went to Paris by myself in 2014, and have loved solo travel ever since- so three years!

What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently?):  Traveling alone is the best way for meditative silence, the best way to hear yourself with no interruption and the best way to easily make new friends in foreign places. It’s the best of everything. Oftentimes it’s inner evolution I’m attempting to catalyse by throwing myself into places with only myself to rely on. I like to plan, but I like to wander whenever the inspiration strikes and it’s never clear what any day in a new place will bring. When we are alone we can allow our hearts to guide us and remain open to whatever experiences might come our way.

What is one piece of advice you would give to another solo female traveler?: Trust your gut. Did you know, the gut actually has brain cells in it! There is truth behind the vibrations your intuition is sending you. If a free ride into town from a guy you just met while exploring the outskirts feels right to you- do it, make a new friend! But if something feels even a little off, trust yourself. Our instincts are intelligent, they steer us the right way when we listen. 🙂

 

View Profile 2017-04-09 12:13:44 PDT

<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>Hey Carolyn,</p>
<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>Name/ Age/ Nationality: Rachelle / 20 / Dutch<br style=”box-sizing: border-box;” />How long have you been traveling for? I’ve been traveling my whole life, but solo for about 3 years.<br style=”box-sizing: border-box;” />What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? The best way to really immerse yourself in a country and culture is by experiencing it alone. Having friends around was never really an option because I knew it would limit what I would do and who I would talk to.<br style=”box-sizing: border-box;” /> What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? Don’t be afraid to explore new places by yourself, because most of the time you won’t even be alone. There are so many other travelers who you will meet and connect with. I always regret not doing the things I was afraid to do on my travels for silly reasons. It’s important to know there are more “good” than “bad” places and people. Of course, always be safe. Know and be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.</p>
<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>Website: http://www.isitrachelle.com/</p&gt;

View Profile 2017-04-09 18:02:16 PDT

<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>Liz Ranola, 35, Philippines</p>
<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>tried solo travel at 2009. Then made sure I have at least one solo travel per year.</p>
<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>What made me chose to travel alone? I have two friends back then who travel solo all the time and they were my influences. They would book sale airline tickets without planning yet. Then my relationship with the ex was turning rocky so I tried solo travel (LOL) I loved it ever since.</p>
<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>Advice: Research about the place–the do’s and don’t of their culture, what proper clothes to wear, decide on what your goal of seeing places is (do you like culture, history, nature, adventure, food, etc.) then plan how many days you think you’d like to visit the place. Better to not copy someone else’s itinerary as your interests may differ from them. Know your budget. Plan things in pencil, dont run around trying to squeeze in all the places to see in one day, and be open to whatever changes may happen along the way, sometimes, the unplanned gives you the best memories! Make friends, and if you do, sometimes skipping on seeing a church in exchange of dining out with your new friends is more enjoyable. Follow your instincts. Be open but know when to be cautious.</p>

View Profile 2017-04-10 08:13:52 PDT

Hi I hope I am not too late..

Jennifer Davies 39, California USA

Traveling Solo – 6 years( off and on )

What made me travel solo?  I am not married nor do I have any kids. Traveling solo gives me the confidence to talk to people. If I am with a group I have to deal with the stress not being able to do what I want and making others happy.

Advice? – First of all don’t be afraid of hostels. Of course do the research. You will meet people of all ages from everywhere. Plus there are variety activities you can do like day tours, yoga, cooking lessons and movie night. I went to Iceland by myself last year and stayed at the Reykjavik City Hostel and met very cool people.  I even went on day trips with the people I was sharing the room with. In September Ill be going to Barcelona and staying at a hostel again.

Also just dont be afraid to talk to people.  Take the time to try new things.

View Profile 2017-04-12 16:38:27 PDT

I actually have a project devoted to this very thing! For the past couple years I’ve been interviewing female solo and adventure travelers. I ask several questions, and one of them is “What advice do you have for fellow wild hearts?” (e.g. women who want to travel)

Check out http://meetthewildhearts.com/

Another question I ask them all is about how to overcome fear while traveling solo. Most of the responses boil down to, ‘ Breathe and tell myself I can do it ‘, but I compiled some of the most eloquent, helpful, unique, or just funny responses in this blog post: http://meetthewildhearts.com/blog/tips-from-the-wild-hearts-overcoming-fear

Good luck and definitely let me know if you need more info. I have a bunch 🙂

View Profile 2017-04-14 10:54:42 PDT

Name/ Age/ Nationality:

-Carmen Liberatore/20/USA<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />How long have you been traveling for?

-When I was 18, I took a gap year in between high school and college. I traveled solo for 9 months, and am currently planning another solo trip.<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)?

-I wanted to prove to myself that I was able to break out of my comfort zone and experience the world alone. I wanted to teach myself to be a braver, stronger, and more confident woman. Plus, I felt that I wasn’t ready for college and wanted to get out and see the world outside my small town and hear stories from people I had never met before.<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” /> What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler?

-Trust your gut, do your research, and have fun! This is a rare moment in your life when you can be entirely selfish. You can go wherever you want, eat whenever you want, and sleep as late as you want. Follow your whims and discover the part of yourself that loves to explore.

View Profile 2017-04-15 12:25:38 PDT

Name/ Age/ Nationality: Evelyn Teixeira/29/Brazilian

How long have you been traveling for? Started to travel solo four years ago

What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? I was tired of waiting friends to travel because there are a lot of things to align, like jobs, finantial conditions, etc. So I decided to go by myself and I just loved! 

What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? Just read a lot about your destination, be confident and enjoy yourself!

View Profile 2017-04-15 16:58:54 PDT

<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>Hello! Will you tell us when the post goes live? Thanks!</p>
<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>Blog – http://www.missfilatelista.com</p&gt;
<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>Name/ Age/ Nationality: Lola Méndez/27/ American Uruguayan</p>
<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”><br style=”box-sizing: border-box;” />How long have you been traveling for? Full time for 2 years, often prior to that</p>
<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”><br style=”box-sizing: border-box;” />What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? While living in Madrid, Spain I got tired of waiting for friends to decide they had the time and money to explore Europe. I had a 10-month visa and was able to move freely in the Schengen Zone and wasn’t going to miss this opportunity! I was only working around 20 hours a week and had three day weekends so I had the time to plan and go on many wonderful trips! My first big trip alone was to Thailand! Now, two years later, I am traveling India alone for 6 months.</p>
<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”><br style=”box-sizing: border-box;” /> What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? Before you leave for your trip get used to spending time alone. This will make your solo trip more enjoyable, but will also make you more confident and therefore safe. Head to dinner alone, a movie alone, an event alone. Put yourself in an environment where you may be uncomfortable while you are still close to home. By the time you head off on your amazing adventure you’ll be used to sharing meals alone, or with strangers and you’ll learn to socialize and make connections without the support of your friends.</p>

View Profile 2017-04-17 03:24:51 PDT

Mary Rose Acosta/ 31/ Filipino<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />How long have you been traveling for? 5 years<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently) I ask my friends to travel with me abroad but due to schedule conflict I ended up traveling alone and from that travel. I am traveling solo for 9 countries now.<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” /> What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? stay street Smart. And always protect yourself. Do research for the place you gone to before going. I have a post with my solo travel guide here: https://www.facebook.com/maryrose.acosta.7/posts/1500988393253808

View Profile 2017-04-24 22:35:59 PDT

Name/ Age/ Nationality: Ainhi Pham/ 26/ American <br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />How long have you been traveling for? 7 years+<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? The freedom to plan and do things as I please and to be able to have a conversation with the locals. I found that when I have a group with me, I tend to stick to my group and don’t really venture out by myself much <br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” /> What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? Be open minded to try new things and talk/ask for as much advice as possible from locals 

View Profile 2017-04-26 07:49:33 PDT