One day, I came across this Instagram feed of a Kenyan girl, probably in her late 20s, and it was the most beautiful thing I had seen on the platform. It was pictures of her with breathtaking scenery in the background. I wouldn’t say I was envious because travelling isn’t my favourite thing. I mean, I want to go to Paris and Italy, but my adventurous spirit ends there.
She, on the other hand, has travelled to some of the most beautiful and harshest places on the continent. She described herself as a “lone wanderer currently backpacking around Africa”. The thought of being alone in a foreign country gave me chills but such fearless women inspire the world to be more daring. If you’re considering a solo trip, these are some things you should consider while planning a solo trip as a woman.
Solo trips are meant to be liberating. But, at the same time, you want to experience different cultures around the world. Some cultures are exciting while others are restricting. Before choosing your destination, it is important to get accustomed to the country’s culture of women and in general. Some countries have strict dress codes for women while others ban women from visiting certain areas.
Safety is a priority on any trip. The most common reason people avoid travelling is because of safety concerns. For instance, India has some of the most underrated tourist attractions, however, the level of insecurity and violence towards women make it an unconducive place for a woman to visit alone. First of all, ensure your travel destination has no reported ongoing violence. Also, every time you leave your hotel, leave a note at the front desk.
Register With The Embassy
Besides informing family and friends of your whereabouts, it is important to register with the embassy. This will provide the embassy with a way to contact you in case of an emergency and give you safety alerts about the place you’re visiting.
Keep It Low Key
Sometimes, we get carried away with the thought of travelling that we forget we will meet locals there. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb which will attract all sorts of people. Sunglasses come in handy while travelling since they help you move around discreetly without the locals trying to sell you something at every turn. Again, try to wear what the locals are wearing to blend in more.
Capture The Moment
It’s easy to forget your travel experience once you’re back to reality. A great way to keep those memories fresh in your mind is to take pictures. Another way is to write a journal. Personally, I would opt to write a journal. Travel: 18 Tips For Taking Great Holiday Photos
Know Your Alcohol Limits
I would say don’t drink at all, and if you have to, drink in your room. However, the point of going on such a trip is to have the full experience so when you go out, keep in mind that it is a foreign country and anything can happen. Keep your alcohol intake to the bare minimum and always order from the bar.
Solo trips are more of an adventure than a vacation so it’s not really the time to pack 5 pairs of shoes and 8 bikinis. Pack only the essentials and a few comfortable clothes since it’s likely that you won’t be spending much time in the hotel room.
Have fun, stay safe and most importantly, stay adventurous.
Also on women and travelling, check out Travel: 13 Precautionary Safety Measures For Women Staying Alone In A Hotel Room and Safety Tips For Women Driving Alone, At Night And/Or Long-Distance
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