6 mistakes solo female travelers make
Finally deciding to try on taking a trip alone for the first time or fifth is an experience you’d never want to miss. It’s a choice that could shift your perspectives all the while take you to your own self-discovery.
Don’t be mistaken though, traveling solo is fun but it can also be tricky. Twice as much for women, plus more daunting.
If you’re planning or already have a solo trip in line, make sure you prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Prepare everything you need; and yourself emotionally and mentally. It’s going to be a scary journey but it’ll be fun and memorable.
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Be a girl scout who is ready for anything and prepared for whatever comes their way. Do your homework and don’t make these mistakes when traveling solo.
Not sharing your itinerary
We don’t want to worry you or get you to panic but what if as you go on your solo adventure, you get lost or find yourself in a hiking accident? Have you seen the film 127 Hours and read about the Aron Ralston’s canyoneering accident?
Share your flight number, hotel address, and your whole itinerary to your family so in case something goes wrong, they’ll know how to track you down. Besides, with this day’s technology, it could only take you less than a minute or so to send all your travel details to a family member or close friend/relative.
Planning too much
Yes, it’s possible you might over plan your trip. Spending a month-long vacation in Australia or Bali is great; having a month-long itinerary for each day takes the fun away.
Have a list of the places you want to visit and days you prefer to. For the other days, let the spontaneity take its wheel and drive you where you should be. Have a little mystery to further enjoy your travels.
Or too little
On the other hand, if you’re not much of a planner and the type that generally just goes with the flow, you might want to reevaluate your plan/s fory our trip.
Landing somewhere with little to no idea where to stay, which places are good to stay in, must-try places to eat, must-visit spots, and the works, chances are you won’t live that trip to the max. You’ll just waste your money and time.
Not researching about the country (city, culture, customs, traditions, etc.)
One of the biggest mistakes travelers make, especially those flying solo, is they don’t research enough or at all about the place they’re bound to.
You shouldn’t stop searching after finding a place to stay, you need to look beyond that. Research about the country’s customs, traditions, culture, etiquette, and most especially, the dress code. You have your own taste and so does your destination. You don’t want to get unwanted attention based on what you’re wearing because it’s not common and quite offensive in the destination’s culture and etiquette, do you?
Not bringing medicines with you
This tends to get overlooked but remember that time you were in another country, you had diarrhea or headache or whatever illness you had, and didn’t have any medicines with you to calm your stomach or ease the ache?
Yes, wherever you may go and how long you’ll be gone from home, it’s always best to have basic medicines in hand.
Saying your room number aloud
This should be kept in mind at all times especially when you’re asking a hotel staff to bring up towels to your room. Do not speak your room number out loud; it could mean an invitation to a robber around the area unbeknownst to you.
Write down the number on your phone and show it to the staff or whisper it to them. Just don’t carelessly announce it to everybody else. You’re a woman and alone in a foreign land, you’ve got to be more careful.
What’s you most frightening experience traveling alone and what have you learned from that? We’d like to know—share it with us!
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About the author: Chie Suarez sails from the PH and enjoys travelling with her family and dog. She found her passion for travelling quite late, not to mention she writes for Kims Luxury Accomodation & Romantic Getaways in Toowoon Bay NSW Australia.