10 Solo Female Travel Tips

“TRAVEL is about the GORGEOUS feeling of teetering in the unknown – unknown”

I have been traveling solo for about 2+ years now so I guess I qualify for solo female traveler badge. Traveling is one luxury I hope never to lose in my lifetime. Because I feel it’s more important to see or visit or place yourself than to always just hear about it. Traveling certainly opens ones mind and broadens ones thinking. But that does not mean it does not have its own dangers. Hence why today I have chosen to share my top 10 solo female travel tips.

I had mentioned in solo travelers consider airport transfer the importance of always being safe. As women we are more vulnerable than men because well some imbecile is always lurking. Safety shouldn’t just be a thing you practice abroad but in everyday life but that’s not to say don’t have fun.

10 Solo Female Travel Tips

10 Solo Female Travel Tips

With that being said, here are some of my 10 solo female travel tips that I practice when I travel. Regardless of whether I am traveling alone or with other people I implement these tips as well.

#1 – Electronic and Paper copies ~ Travel Documents and Money

Whenever I travel I change a small amount of money for my destination. I ensure I check the hotel or hostel preference for settling bills etc whether card or cash is required. Similar thing for travel documents, I have airline apps so I can have electronic ticket but I like to print a copy for unforeseen eventualities.

#2 – Travel with empty bottle

Anyone who travels loads knows you always end up buying water wherever you go. Some hotels and hostels offer water coolers so makes sense to have spare bottle to stock up and save money.

#3 – Be insured 

It’s crazy to think how many people chance it when traveling abroad and not purchasing travel insurance. Personally I think it’s a risky move but that’s just the cautious in me. A few years ago I upgraded my account with NatWest to get one which not only had travel insurance but breakdown cover too. The account offers many other benefits which I don’t use all the time but 90% I do.

#4 – Always think of #1 

No not the first tip above but #1 is you! Your safety before anyone else is more important. It pays to research where you’re going and how you will be moving around than going in dark. I will admit for most of Europe I do minimal research because most are like the UK but research nonetheless.

#5 – Tell someone where you are 

If something ever happened whilst abroad it would be wise that someone knows if they don’t hear from you for so long. I always message my family what’s app group and also always check in on my Facebook so people know where I am. This is mostly because we don’t get stamps in our passports anymore but for family too.

#6 – Research your accommodation 

If you’re going to be staying in a hotel throughout the duration of your visit then certain things will be there anyway. Things like towels, shower gels etc which means you don’t need to pack those items. You still can if you want but it helps to check and see where you can save space and money.

#7 – Research your destination

This is a no brainer but a nice to be reminded of kind of tip. I randomly google up places I want to visit and use trip advisor lots for ideas. Also I check with fellow bloggers especially those who’ve been or just returned from same destination. It pays to know what to do in a foreign land and what to avoid.

#8 – Respect the culture 

There is nothing I despise more than people who don’t respect culture of the country they are a guest in. Some people want people and culture to conform to them and not them adapting. Always respect the culture of the land otherwise you might get into trouble.

#9 – Portable charger and cables

These are my life line as a blogger I am always on my phone. I have one cable with multiple leads to charge my gadgets and the portable charger itself. It makes it easier to have such a cable so you can charge multiple devices at once. Always pack a universal adapter and USB cables, you can even hook your cable to the tv to charge your phone.

#10 – Be friendly and polite but not too friendly 

As mentioned in respecting local culture it pays to be friendly but first know about the culture. Some being overly friendly could be misconstrued and vice versa. I have made many great friends since I started traveling just because I was nice. Not everyone will like you or want to be your friend but that’s ok.

And there you have it, 10 solo female travel tips. It is always fun and absolutely exhilarating once you get out there and explore the world. I won’t like it can be terrifying too especially the first even 5th time the only difference is each trip teaches you something. It teaches you to be confident, brave and how to manage your anxiety or even shyness. You discover what you’re capable of, when you realize what you’ve accomplished the feeling is second to none.

Go out their fellow warriors and conquer the world šŸŒŽ be it solo or in groups. Whatever you do, do not stop traveling!

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  • VintageFolly

    I’ve only ever travelled solo in the UK and there’s something really liberating about it. These tips are great whether you’re travelling alone or not. X

  • OhNikka

    I used to solo travel for work. It was a fun experience. I still would like to plan a girls trip soon.

  • Laura Rocksteady

    Really great tips! I did about 2yrs of solo travel before having kids and loved every minute. Like you said health insurance is really important as well as keeping people updated as to where you are

    Laura x

  • I haven’t done a whole lot of solo travel – actually none since I got married 12 years ago! These are great tips! I am not sure that I am brave enough to get out there anymore.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are great tips for those females traveling alone. It is so important to research where you are going and what you will be doing. Telling people where you are is a big thing too along with respecting the culture. Thanks for shairng the information.

  • Fab tips, I always think doing your research is the most important thing so you know what to expect šŸ™‚

  • Valerie Marsden-Gray

    Always do your research when you have to travel anywhere. I try not to travel alone whenever I can.

  • Tiara Wilson

    I absolutely N E V E R travel alone. I have a cute little family that I like to pack up and drag along with me. ā¤

  • Amanda

    #5 and #6 are a must! I’ve never traveled alone before but you’ve got me curious. Sounds like a great way to explore and get in touch with your inner self.

  • I’ve never travelled alone! I’m too much of a wimp. I don’t even like walking alone! Haha. But these are fantastic tips for solo travelers! It’s so important to do your research, plan ahead and tell people where you are!

  • I love the idea of taking an empty bottle, it’s something I wouldn’t even think to do!

  • Shannon Graham

    I don’t attempt traveling alone. I just don’t think it’s smart in this current society.

  • Marceline Dementori

    Keeping people updated is so important. You should always make sure that a family member knows where you are. These are helpful tips!

  • I have never travelled alone before! I would love to someday and I think these are great tips. It’s important to have copies of everything.

  • KGR

    I’ve never travelled by myself so I wouldn’t know where to start. But these tips are great especially with the water bottle idea!

  • marilyn ordenis

    I’m bookmarking this. I will have my first solo trip to Singapore next week and I’m so excited. Yay!

  • J Kim

    I always keep electronic copies of my documents when traveling too! Thanks for sharing all these tips! Anyone who travels alone should be ready for anything!

  • David Elliott

    I liked the last one which was to be friendly, but not to be overly friendly as that could be misinterpreted. I suppose that is true of any relationship in life.

  • My Teen Guide

    Thanks for these tips. Personally, I think Tips I, 2, 5 and 8 are the most important. We can also bring some of those water purifying tablets/filters for extra precaution.

  • polarbelle

    Good tips. I traveled alone for several years. Safety is job one. Awareness of surroundings is important. And water!! Best tip of all.

  • I like tips number 2 and 10, water is important, and expensive depending where you go. Treating others the way you want to be treated is also paramount.

  • Sandy & Vyjay

    Women now often travel alone. Some thoughtful tips and a bit of nice advice is written over here. Also, if you travel often, that too when you book for some late night trains etc. Carry the pepper spray, incase somebody has forgotten the taste of spices.

  • Alison Rost

    I love your tip no. 2! It is really important to stay hydrated during your travel.

  • These are great trips for solo travelers! I think that every girl (every person really) should take at least one solo trip in there life! I’ve been on three solo trips thus far and I loved every second of them.

  • Alison Rost

    Over the past few years, I’ve traveled alone quite a bit. I always make sure check in with my husband and stay pretty close to my room after dark. Thankfully I’ve never had any problems!

  • Claudia Krusch

    I love to travel alone now that I am older. I always keep a water bottle with me to fill up when I can. I make sure to check in often with my family.

  • I agree! When my daughter went to Sweden, she ended up having a baby over there and NO insurance! That is one heck of a bill too! They don’t do like they do here either. You have 2 months or so to pay the bill. You don’t get the choice of paying in payments either! With that said, she is still there (almost a year later) and has decided to stay. If she is let in as a citizen, then she can get FREE health care as they don’t have it to where you pay (unless you’re not a citizen) and the health care is free. They are obviously better than here in the USA as far as treatments, caring and also the free health care! But since she went without having the insurance, she has a huge bill to pay!

  • It’s so good that you have a passion for travelling, thanks for sharing your tips.

  • Pam

    It is so important to respect the culture of where you are traveling too. No one likes a disrespectful tourist.

  • Betty Boiron

    These are great tips for traveling, and not only for solo female travelers! It’s a good idea to pack a portable charger these days bc we use our phones to do everything!

  • Sarah D

    respecting the culture is so important and we always make sure we have our travel docs in electronic and physical form too x

  • Jay Colby

    I’ve always wanted to travel alone. These are some great tips to travel alone.

  • I wear my hidden fanny pack when I travel and it works like a charm. Plus, it keeps my hands free so I can be active and use them for other things! šŸ™‚

    • Now that’s a great idea. My mom does the same thing but I keep forgetting to purchase one.

  • Jessica Taylor

    I am too nervous to travel alone. I get so paranoid about everything! However I would love to travel and use these tips with my mother.

  • I can’t recall every traveling alone in the past 20 years but I did a lot of it before that. These tips are super helpful and I think it’s important to be smart about things when one is alone.

  • Shannon Patterson

    Traveling alone used to scare me because of the safety aspect of it. This helps ease my mind a little bit. Great tips!

  • I would LOVE to travel alone. I hope to be able to do it someday. I’ve never minded being by myself and traveling to awesome places? Would be a blast.

  • Candy Kage

    Being insured is very important. Always do your homework about the people and culture. Don’t want to make a mistake and insult anyone.

  • Jenn Jg

    Im not sure I have the courage to travel alone but these are great tips and some I can even use when traveling with my kids. Especially the empty bottle one, they are always thirsty when they see a store. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips

  • Alli Smith

    I’ve never traveled alone but I always research my destination. I love your tips, especially the ones about being friendly but not overly friendly and respecting the culture.

  • Joanna

    Some great tips here. I’ve never travelled alone but its always handy to know this info.

  • Officer Travels

    some great tips, i don’t travel solo but theres certainly some things to bare in mind! pinned too x

  • These sound like some great tips, I’ve never really travelled alone at least not outside on England. I can image it is an amazing thing to do, but you do need to look after yourself.

  • Robin Rue

    While I would never travel solo myself, I know there are lots of people who do – including my sister. These are GREAT tips.

  • Some great suggestions here. I am looking to go away with my best friend soon, so will keep this page bookmarked!