20 Critical Survival Tips Every Solo Female Traveler Needs to Know

Solo female travel is like grabbing the world by the proverbial horns and saying, “Let’s dance.” It’s empowering, enlightening, and comes with its own set of challenges that, frankly, guys don’t have to think twice about. But fear not! With a blend of sass, smarts, and these survival tips, you can navigate the globe and come back with stories that’ll make everyone’s jaw drop – safely.

1. Trust Your Gut

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That little voice inside your head? It’s your best friend. If something feels off, listen to it. It’s better to miss out on a potentially cool experience than to ignore your instincts.

2. Make Copies of Important Documents

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Losing your passport or ID in a foreign country is like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube blindfolded. Keep digital copies in your email or cloud storage for just-in-case moments.

3. Stay Somewhere With Positive Reviews

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Lodging with sketchy reviews isn’t worth the few bucks saved. Opt for places where other solo female travelers have left their seal of approval.

4. Blend In

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Wearing a neon fanny pack and a map? Hello, target on your back. Try to dress and act like a local, or at least like you know exactly where you’re going and what you’re doing.

5. Keep Your Belongings Close

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A crossbody bag with a zipper is your knight in shining armor. Backpacks are pickpockets’ playgrounds, and purses might as well have a “steal me” sign on them.

6. Share Your Itinerary

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Someone trustworthy should always know where you’re supposed to be. It’s not about checking in; it’s about checking up.

7. Learn Key Phrases in the Local Language

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“Help,” “No,” and “Where is the bathroom?” are universally useful. Bonus points for mastering the art of saying “I’m meeting my husband” with convincing authority.

8. Don’t Share Too Much Information

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That friendly stranger doesn’t need to know you’re traveling alone, staying at the hostel down the street, or that you have a deep-seated fear of clowns.

9. Avoid Arriving in New Places at Night

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New city, who dis? Try to arrive during the day when it’s easier to find your bearings and less likely to encounter sketchy situations.

10. Keep Your Drink in Sight

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Accepting drinks from strangers comes with a side of risk. If you didn’t see it made or it left your sight, consider it a no-go.

11. Stay Sober

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Keeping your wits about you is crucial. There’s a fine line between enjoying a glass of wine and impairing your judgment.

12. Use Legitimate Transportation

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That random guy’s offer of a cheap ride might as well come with a “sketchy” label. Stick to licensed taxis or well-reviewed ride-share apps.

13. Invest in a Good Pair of Headphones

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A pair of headphones can be a universal “do not disturb” sign when you’re not in the mood for conversation or unwanted attention.

14. Be Confident

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Walk with purpose, even if you’re internally navigating by the stars. Confidence can deter unwanted attention.

15. Know the Local Emergency Number

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911 isn’t universal. Have the local equivalent saved in your phone, just in case.

16. Carry a Portable Door Lock

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For that extra peace of mind in your accommodation, a portable door lock is a lightweight addition to your travel arsenal.

17. Avoid Over-Sharing on Social Media

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Real-time updates are a no-no. Wait until you’ve left a location to share it with the world, unless you’re into uninvited followers.

18. Dress Appropriately

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Research local customs and dress accordingly. It’s not just about respect; it’s about avoiding unnecessary attention.

19. Stay Alert in Crowded Places

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Crowds can be overwhelming and are prime spots for pickpockets. Keep your belongings secure and stay aware of your surroundings.

20. Embrace the Freedom

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Despite all the caution, remember this is about adventure. Embrace the freedom that solo travel brings and the incredible strength you have as a woman exploring the world on her terms.

Ready to Conquer the World?

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Solo travel as a woman isn’t just a trip; it’s a statement. It says you’re fearless, capable, and not waiting for anyone to see the world. With these tips tucked into your travel belt, you’re more than ready to take on whatever adventures await while keeping safety in the co-pilot’s seat. So, where to first?

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