The idea of women travelling on their own may seem outrageous and scary for the majority of the people, but traveling to a different place on your own provides you with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.
Travelling on your own doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re lonely. Rather, deciding to travel on your own to an unknown place is one that speaks volumes about how confident you are about being on your own. It takes guts to travel on your own to a totally different place, most especially if you’re a woman. If others can do it, why can’t you?
Find the courage to travel and then just do it.
Plan your trip wisely and proceed with everything in caution.
One of the major concerns for women travelling on their own involves their safety. Crimes like theft and sexual harassment are just some of the pressing issues that concern women who would like to try travelling on their own. Ensuring that you are in a safe environment with secure conditions is essential. Women naturally have this instinct to protect themselves.
Here are a few tips to have a safe and pleasant trip:
BE STREET SMART.
Wherever you may go, always proceed with caution. Be a woman who is self-reliant and independent. Come prepared with thorough research about the place you’re going to and take all the necessary preparations beforehand. Even if you’re new to a place, act like you actually know where you’re going. Even if you get lost, make sure to choose wisely when you ask people for help. Seek help from another woman, go to a store or restaurant to ask for directions or simply just study your map.
When in need of withdrawing cash, make sure to get what you need for the day and choose a busy street where there are lots of people passing by.
If you’re feel that there’s something isn’t right with someone who’s trying to talk to you, make every effort to leave as soon as possible. Never take food or drink from someone that you just met. Trust your gut instinct on this. Even if in the end you find yourself mistaking a person’s intentions, it’s always worth trusting your instincts than to being sorry later.
Always observe the people that you encounter and try to learn from their ways and their culture. Be highly observant about the place that you’re going to and learn whatever you can, especially about directions. Try to map out and picture in your mind the layout of your hotel’s streets to keep you from getting lost. You never go wrong when you are more observant of the place and the people around you.
USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.
Once you arrive at your hotel, consider using their local public transportation to visit different tourist spots. Knowing how the transportation system works in a certain place is crucial so you’ll know how to get to your destination and return to your hotel as well. Gather as much information as you can about how people travel and learn their ways. Be on the lookout for bus stops, terminals and landmarks while travelling to help keep you on track.
If you’re taking the train on long trips, avoid sleeping in empty cabins. It’s safer to share a room with someone than be on your own in times like these. Try sharing a compartment with a family or you can try asking for a female roommate.
DEALING WITH MEN.
Let’s face it, women will always have to deal with being seen as vulnerable and weak, especially as compared to men in general. Being vulnerable is what makes women perfect prey. Despite that, eventually you’ll have to learn how to deal with different kinds of men you meet along the way. One of the best ways to learn more about the place you’re staying is by talking to the locals. In smaller towns, the majority of the English speakers are men. So if you avoid talking to men entirely, you miss the opportunity to know more about the place.
Though there will always be a difference in terms of culture, learning how to deal with men is essential, especially if you’re travelling on your own. It’s ok to talk to men, but make sure to choose wisely who you’re talking to. Avoid giving out too much information, especially to people you’ve just met for the first time. Try staying with groups when exploring and avoid night strolls, especially in places with few people around.
In all places, always dress modestly to minimize unwanted attention from men. Learn from the women around the place and make sure to dress appropriately. If you want to be respected by men, you’ve got to act like someone who’s respectable. Be clear about your intentions and learn how to say NO clearly. Make sure to express it properly, using facial expressions and gestures to express what you feel. This will help ward off any unwanted attention.
You can try wearing a fake wedding ring to ward off unwanted attention or pretend that you’re not travelling on your own and that you’re meeting someone who will be with you during your whole stay. This will help ward off opportunists and criminals from attempting to do anything to you.
Being a woman should never be a hindrance to where you want to go or what you want to do. Instead, let it empower you to find the woman you’ve been called to become as you embark on this journey of finding yourself.