Travelling on your own, especially for women, can be an exciting yet challenging adventure. But with the right research, planning and common sense, the sky is the limit.
As you will be seen as more approachable than a couple or group, meeting more people is one of the benefits of choosing to travel solo. You can also go wherever, do whatever and see the sights whenever you fancy.
With no travel buddy, there is no need to compromise. But since you can only depend on yourself, you will need to be more confident and self-reliant.
Staying safe is key for all solo travellers. Take heed of these tips, courtesy of overseas internship group Work the World, to make sure you will have a great time as well as a fulfilling experience:
Be aware of surroundings
Do not feel paranoid. Just make sure you are aware of what is going on around you. Act confidently and listen to your instinct. If something feels off, it probably is.
Protect your belongings
When sitting down, keep your handbag on your lap.
If you are at a bar or cafe, loop the shoulder strap of your bag around your chair.
Stay in a group
Remember, there is safety in numbers. Go out with people from your hotel or hostel, buddy up and decide on a common meeting place should you get lost.
Arrive during the day
Arriving in a new city can be confusing, especially at night, when help desks are closed and transport less frequent.
Sit next to women
When waiting for the bus or sitting down on the train, stay close to local women.
Keep money safe
A money belt will prevent you from being hit by pickpockets. Otherwise, have a dummy wallet and keep only spare change there.
Keep bling limited
Keep your expensive jewellery at home. If unmarried, consider wearing a fake wedding ring to prevent unwanted attention.
Watch the drink
Pace yourself. Do not leave your drink unattended and do not get drunk if you are on your own.