Essential Tips For Female Travellers

As the summer approaches, many of us are making plans and booking flights. Among those hopping on a plane are solo travellers.

While solo travel requires additional planning, it can especially be the case for female travellers. Whether you’re travelling alone because you’re ticking off your travel bucket list or your manager is sending you on a business trip abroad, your safety is important.

Here, we look at the top tips to follow if you’re travelling solo.

The popularity of solo travel

There are also plenty of people who enjoy travelling alone. According to a 2022 survey, online searches for the term ‘solo travel’ increased by 267% from December 2020 to April 2022, revealing that there’s a real appetite for this type of trip. After the events of recent years, it’s understandable that people have had time to think about the type of travel they want to do and now, it’s clear that they’re looking into doing it.

However, for female travellers taking a solo trip, safety is a significant priority. This is the case when travelling for leisure or business.

In fact, according to a recent survey commissioned by World Travel Protection, women are more likely to take measures to protect their safety during a business trip than men. Almost one in three (31 percent) said they do not travel or go out on their own at night, and nearly half (46 percent) always stay in close touch with family and friends so their whereabouts are known.

How to stay safe

Here are some tips to ensure you’re keeping safe on your travels:

Do some research

Research the country you’re travelling to. What’s the culture like? Is there an expected way of dressing, for example? There are dedicated websites such as Maiden Voyage that offer destination-based, focused travel advice for female and non-gender-conforming travellers. These sites can be useful for when planning a business trip in particular.

Tell your family or friends

Let loved ones know where and when you’re setting off. By giving them a general itinerary, you will give them peace of mind. Include contact details for someone if they can’t speak to you, for example your tour guide or the hotel you’re staying at.

Use dependable transportation

When deciding on a mode of transportation, put safety first. Use licenced taxis or ride-sharing services whenever possible. Avoid travelling alone at night, and if you’re unsure about the safety of an area, seek advice from locals or your accommodation.

Pack light and smart

Traveling with minimal luggage allows you to be more flexible and mobile. Pack versatile clothing that can be mixed and matched, as well as essentials such as a travel-sized first aid kit, a universal adapter, and a dependable luggage lock.

Make plans

Solo travel means you have control over where you go. If you’re travelling for leisure, work out where you want to go and plan every detail. This is your opportunity to enjoy not having to compromise, so whether you’re jetting off to Spain or heading to Egypt, the finer details fall to you.

So, if you’re considering an extended stay in Rome, for instance, you might want to browse the sights and attractions online before you board your flight. This means you’ll know you want to head to the Trevi fountain on day two and the Coliseum on day three.

You’ll also need to book transport and transfers. Look into the public transport setup in the country you’re visiting beforehand and use forums to see if anyone has any tips for getting around. Likewise, if you’re staying in Paphos for a week, booking airport transfers before you leave the UK will make getting to your accommodation easy when you arrive into Cyprus.

Trust your instincts

Trust your instincts and take appropriate action if a situation or person makes you feel uneasy. It is preferable to be cautious than to put yourself in danger. Maintain situational awareness by remaining aware of your surroundings.

Wherever you’re travelling to and whatever the reason, enjoy your trip and stay safe while you’re away. Keep in mind that these suggestions are intended to improve your safety and enjoyment while travelling. Accept the challenge, be open to new experiences, and trust in yourself. Have a safe trip!

 

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