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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

Name/ Age/ Nationality: Casey Marriott / 35 / Australian
How long have you been traveling for? 15 years
What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? The hardest thing is not finding other people to travel with at the same time as you. I got tired of waiting, plus I didn’t enjoy missing out on places when travel buddies didn’t want to do the same thing. It wasn’t a problem once I went solo. It’s also a great way to get out of yourself – you force yourself to talk and meet people you normally wouldn’t do at home, or if you are in a group of good friends.
What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? Don’t be scared to get out there by youself; but do be aware while you’re traveling. There are certain countries where being a solo traveler brings you a lot of unwanted attention. It doesn’t pay to be ignorant of local culture, and even if you don’t agree with it, it’s always safer to abide by a few rules. In Middle Eastern countries, you should cover up and don’t look men directly in the eye. In Europe, you shouldn’t walk around at night by yourself, and try to find people to hang out with if you plan on drinking. In Latin American countries, know which streets are safe to walk. But none of this should STOP you traveling. There’s a great world out there to explore. I’ve been living in mexico for five years now, and loving every day: You can check out my adventures: https://www.mexlocal.com/

View Profile 2019-05-20 19:38:47 PDT

Hi Carolyn,

Name/ Age/ Nationality: Lara / 34 / Brazilian<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />How long have you been traveling for? 11 months<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 have always enjoyed traveling solo, I feel like you can connect with other people in a different way, making friends along the way, and taking your time to enjoy things for yourself.<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. If you want to jump off that waterfall, do it! If you feel that guy is kind of creepy, say no. Also, have a great time and open yourself up to new possibilities every day!

 

check out a few of my travels: http://www.laradvj.com

View Profile 2019-05-21 04:19:59 PDT

Name/ Age/ Nationality:<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />How long have you been traveling for?<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)?<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?

 

Sophia Hyder Hock / 36 / United States

I have been traveling for 26 years.

My work in international development work led me to many solo trips all over the world. I thought it was normal until I realized it was not!

One piece of advice I would give to another solo traveler, is to find a local connection to meet up with wherever you go ( a friend of a friend, or someone from a women’s travel Facebook group). You may have a new friend, and they typically provide you with so much rich information about things to do, taste, and see that only locals would know about.

My website: http://www.sophiahyder.com

 

View Profile 2019-05-21 07:10:09 PDT

<p class=”MsoNormal”><b style=”mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;”>Name/ Age/ Nationality: </b></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>Lilian M Raji / 41 / Nigerian-American</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><b style=”mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;”>How long have you been traveling for?</b></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>Internationally, for the past 4 years, where I’ve visited 18 countries and 42 cities in that time.  Domestically in America, for 20 years, across 25 states and numerous cities.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><b style=”mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;”>What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? </b></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>My international travel started after I became friends with someone who was a world traveler. He helped me plan my first trip to Spain, calling friends in advance so I was welcomed in every hotel or restaurant I want to.  After visiting multiple cities in Spain under his guidance, he helped me plan additional trips throughout Italy, Austria, Romania and other countries.  Eventually, I started traveling to countries he wasn’t as familiar with and being his eyes throughout these travels. He never joined me in any of my travels, all of them were solo, with me sending pictures of everything I saw.  Without his encouragement, I don’t think I would have ever made that first trip.  I work for myself so I have more flexibility to travel as I please, in any (luxurious) manner that I please, something none of my friends can say.  Plus the few times I’ve traveled with others, I’ve become frustrated by the need to compromise on each days activities because of the mood of someone in the group. I prefer solo travel for all levels of the freedom it offers.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><b style=”mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;”>What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? </b></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>Learn as much of the language as possible before you go.  I’ll usually start studying the language about 6 months before my trip.  By the time I arrive, I have a good command of the language to get around, and depending on how long the trip, I sometimes leave being fluent in the language.  This happened in Spain, where I actually started dreaming in Spanish, and Brazil. Especially in Brazil where NO ONE spoke English. My trip took me to 6 cities in Brazil with Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro being the only two “usual suspects” of my trip.  I went to areas only other Brazilians go to, including deep into the Amazon, and absolutely no one spoke English!</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>In Crete, I found myself stranded on the edge of a cliff after a stupid decision to go find the Temple of the 5 Virgins.  The Temple location was the very definition of off the beaten path, and on a path I definitely should have been smarter than trying to navigate in my rental.  An hour went by before another car passed my location, and thanks to my very broken Greek, I was able to flag down help to get the car off the edge. </p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>In Romania, I drove three hours outside of Bucharest into the final resting grounds of Vlad the Impaler (the person the Dracula stories was based on).  This wasn’t Bram Castle where everyone goes, but the monastery where Vlad is actually buried. Here I am, an African woman with an Afro, driving a rented Mercedes, into a town where most people got around with the help of animals. To say everyone stared is an understatement.  But the minute I greeted everyone in Romanian, their stares became smiles as they warmly greeted me back.  I have more stories about the importance of learning the language, but I’ll leave it at these.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>My website is http://www.lilianraji.com.  You’re also welcome to link to my Instagram where you can see some of my travels, all solo: https://www.instagram.com/lilianraji/ </p>

View Profile 2019-05-21 15:32:37 PDT

– Name/ Age/ Nationality: Kertu / 33 / Estonian / http://www.kertu.com

– How long have you been traveling for? 7 years

– What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? I decided to not be held back by my friends not having time and/or money, and wanted to give myself an opportunity to travel on my own pace in my own way. I truly believe that life is just as exiting as I make it, so there was no reason for me to not get out there and enjoy.

– What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler? Research your destination in advance to understand where you are staying and where you are going, how to get around and what are the main security issues. Trust your gut and stay away from places & people that make you uncomfortable. Remain polite and in control of yourself. Other than that, get out there and explore, talk to people (both travelers and locals), make friends, try local specialties (food, culture, sights) and enjoy yourself.

View Profile 2019-05-23 00:26:56 PDT

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View Profile 2019-05-24 05:57:01 PDT

Name/ Age/ Nationality: 

SJ, 23, Irish/British

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

In general, since I was 3 months old. As a solo traveller, around 1.5 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 like the independence of making my own decisions. I can choose the pace at which I travel, and choose where I go. I also find I make more genuine connections with locals and fellow travellers alike when I am alone.

<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?

Fear isn’t a bad thing. Being brave enough to overcome that fear is a big part of travel, and especially solo female travel. That, and your gut gives good advice.

View Profile 2019-05-26 22:27:23 PDT

Hi there

I began travelling solo when I was six because of a school trip. As time went by, I decided to travel around my country by my own to face my biggest fears—at that time were being away from my family, my friends, and doing things by my own— Let me tell you that there isn’t any feeling of relief than travelling solo as you manage your own schedule and plans. However, there are certain things that you need to consider before making this important decision. You can plan your solo trip as it follows:

Here comes the first tip: ALWAYS do further research about the place you are about to visit. By doing that, almost nothing is going to sound unfamiliar to you. For instance, before booking an hotel or hostel, make sure the location is safe, if it has a high ranking; try to learn the basic local traditions, customs and its political situation.

The second tip I can give you is talking to local people and try to gather with people having the same goal as you so that you don’t get lost and have the opportunity to share your experiences. For this, you can download Meetup, which is an app that gives you the opportunity to make friends from all around the world and, maybe, do activities together.

 

 

View Profile 2019-05-31 10:39:58 PDT

Hi!

Name/ Age/ Nationality:Emma Sawyer, 28, British<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />How long have you been traveling for? 9 years on and off<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)? Not wanting to wait for others to get it together before seeing the world, the desire to travel in my own way an be outside my comfort zone.<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? Remember that there are far more good people in the world than those that wish to harm you. Enjoy- meet new people and keep learning from others. 

View Profile 2019-05-31 14:37:17 PDT

<p style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 14px;”>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.</p>
 

View Profile 2019-08-24 06:11:45 PDT

Hi Carolyn!!

 
<p class=”p1″ style=”margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 17px; line-height: normal; font-family: ‘.SF UI Text’; color: #454545; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;”>-Jenn Zollo/25/American</p>
 
<p class=”p1″ style=”margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 17px; line-height: normal; font-family: ‘.SF UI Text’; color: #454545; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;”>-Blog: Vagarious Wanderer (https://vagariouswanderer.com)</p>
 
<p class=”p1″ style=”margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 17px; line-height: normal; font-family: ‘.SF UI Text’; color: #454545; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;”>-I have been traveling my entire life, but traveling solo for a out 6 years. </p>
 
<p class=”p1″ style=”margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 17px; line-height: normal; font-family: ‘.SF UI Text’; color: #454545; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;”>-I decided to start traveling solo because I was tired of waiting around for other people. When my mom passed away I also realized that traveling solo allowed me to experience emotions whenever they hit and I didn’t need to worry about hiding it from other people. </p>
 
<p class=”p1″ style=”margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 17px; line-height: normal; font-family: ‘.SF UI Text’; color: #454545; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;”>-The one piece of advice I would give to women hesitant to travel solo would be to start small. Start by taking yourself out to dinner, then do a day trip, then maybe a weekend getaway somewhat close by before taking a huge leap. </p>

View Profile 2019-08-28 07:18:03 PDT

Name/ Age/ Nationality:

Jessica Laurén/34/Hispanic<br style=”font-family: ‘Droid Sans’, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px;” />How long have you been traveling for?

Seven 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 am the only wanderlust I know. Everyone else just enjoys traveling.

 What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler?

Ladies, do not be scared to go out and interact with locals. I have friends from all over the world now! I absolutely suggest learning how to say, “Please, thank you, and you’re welcome”, in the tongue of which ever country you’re visiting. It shows you have respect and believe me, that goes a long way. And, always travel with pepper spray. Creepers are everywhere.

View Profile 2019-08-28 09:30:33 PDT

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<p style=”margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: medium; font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; caret-color: #000000; color: #000000;”>Jessica Lauren/34/Hispanic</p>
<p style=”margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: medium; font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; color: #000000;”>Seven years</p>
<p style=”margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: medium; font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; color: #000000;”>I am the only wanderlust I know. Everyone else just enjoys traveling.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Calibri; caret-color: #000000; color: #000000;”>Ladies, do not be scared to go out and interact with locals. I have friends from all over the world now! I absolutely suggest learning how to say, “Please, thank you, and you’re welcome”, in the tongue of which ever country you’re visiting. It shows you have respect and believe me, that goes a long way. And, always travel with pepper spray. Creepers are everywhere.</p>
 

View Profile 2019-08-28 09:33:42 PDT

Hi Carolyn!

Tiffany/ 37/ American:

How long have you been traveling for?

Internationally since 2012 and will never stop!

What made you decide to travel by yourself (independently)?

I wanted to explore places and have no problem going to events alone.  My biggest trip alone was two months to various elephant sanctuaries.

What is one piece of advice you would give another solo female traveler?

Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to just go.

 

View Profile 2019-08-28 10:36:01 PDT