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7 Mistakes to Avoid as a Solo Female Traveler

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

You are off on your next (or first) solo adventure and you are feeling a little uneasy. You’re nervous and excited and just want to make sure you do everything right to have the best possible time. Do not worry. Yes, there are mistakes to be had, but good news is, someone has already made some of them so hopefully you don’t have to. I have outlined some of the most common mistakes as a female solo traveler to put your mind at ease and help your trip go safely and smoothly!

Being Too Honest

As a female, traveling solo can be a little nerve-racking, especially if it is your first time. You will have people talking to you, asking about your plans or just making casual conversation. But, there is nothing wrong with a few white lies and with telling random people that you are not alone. I have been in situations where I have told people that I was waiting on my brother, or my husband. If you are getting weird vibes from someone or just don’t feel comfortable in the situation, I encourage you to make up a story. Just make sure you are confident in what you are saying.

Arriving Late at Night

Whenever you can, I recommend trying to fly overnight and get in during the daylight hours. I know catching a redeye can sound dreadful, but they tend to go by quicker because you can sleep, and you pretty much avoid wasting your time travelling. But I mainly say this, because getting familiar with your surroundings and having a safe mode of transportation is crucial! Not only that, but you don’t always know the area where your accommodation is, and you want to make sure you are comfortable with finding it and that you are going to feel safe staying there.

Not Carrying Copies of Your Passport

I always suggest having two copies of your passport. You have to show your passport to the clerk at the hotel and it is so easy to forget it or for them to forget to give it back to you. There is also always that chance that it could be stolen so I recommend storing them in different places. I usually keep my passport on me or locked in a safe, a copy in my carry on and one in my additional bag. It doesn’t hurt to snap a picture of it on your phone too just for good measure.

Not Trusting Locals

While it is often in our nature to be a little cold and untrusting of those around us in a new country, not everyone is out to scam or bother you. It is important to be cautious and trust your instincts, but often they are just as curious about you and your culture as you are of theirs. Engage in some conversation with the locals. You may make a friend or they may offer up some of the best kept secrets that only they know of and you could end up having the time of your life!

Not Knowing the Local Culture

It is a frequent mistake for travelers not to research common customs in a destination before going. It is crucial, especially as a woman, to know proper etiquette and what to wear in conservative countries. The last thing you want to do is draw unwanted attention, come off as offensive or be reprimanded because you didn’t do your research.

Not Telling Someone About your Itinerary

When you are on a solo trip, it is important that someone knows where you plan to be in case of an emergency. My mom used to drive me crazy by asking to have my location on my phone shared with her all the time, but you never know when it is going to come in handy. If you plan on changing your original plan or will be away from any cell reception, just let someone know.

Drinking too Much

I get it…you are so excited to be on your solo adventure in a beautiful new country and you just want to celebrate with a few drinks. Absolutely, go for it! But know your limits. Don’t accept drinks from strangers, watch your drink and never leave it unattended, and when possible, drink from bottles or cans that you are able to open yourself. The last thing you want is to be stumbling home or unaware of your surroundings. You can never be too safe 😉

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