As an independent woman and a relatively experienced traveler, I am afraid to admit that I feel intimidated by the thought of traveling on my own. On paper, I love the idea of exploring a place at my own pace, focusing only on the things that I want to do. I am not concerned about not being able to have fun on my own. I enjoy being by myself, I don’t like being around too many people, and I’m not a big talker.
I think that the most obvious reason as to why I am scared of traveling solo is because of fear for my safety, specially as a woman.I have had some negative experiences where I have been seriously concerned for my well being just for being a woman that happened to be walking alone down the street. But this is not my main concern as I know that this is something that varies greatly from country to country – I have experienced it firsthand.
The main reason as to why I am scared of the idea of solo traveling is because I sometimes struggle to get out of the house. Being with another person gives me the motivation that I need to go outside and explore. I worry that if I go on my own, I will be tempted to stay inside all day and I would have lost, not only money, but many amazing opportunities to be had. This is why I am making my mental and emotional health a priority during this quarantine period.
Now, the purpose of this post is not to have you read about my fears and complaints. Below you will find some resources that will help you (and me!) plan and get over the fear of traveling on your own:
- From Forbes magazine: 33 Best Trips and Tips for Solo Female Travel: This article has tips and suggestions from seasoned female solo travelers. From the article:
One of the tips I usually give my friends is: Those days when you really don’t want to get up early because you’re tired, don’t sleep in. Because you don’t remember how tired you were during a trip, you remember what you did. If you were feeling lazy, or even a little under the weather, that’s not what you’re going to remember. You’re going to be thankful that you got up early and saw that church, went on that hike to the waterfall, met those people, had that meal. In the moment, it seems like it’s going to be difficult, but the memories made from a full day are totally worth it.
- Nomadic Matt has a whole section dedicated to female solo travelers
- Here are some additional tips from National Geographic – they asked for solo female traveler advice from their readers and got thousands of responses.
- In case you need more reasons for traveling solo, Hostelworld has compiled a list.
- Lonely Planet shared an article with women of a wide range of ages describing their experiences as solo travelers.
I want to be able to have this experience that I am sure will be one of growth and development, not only as a traveler, but as a person. I am making a goal for the next 4 years to go on at least one solo trip. The plan is to start slow, maybe just for a couple of days and somewhere not too far away.
What has been your experience and/or do you have any tips solo traveling?