I've been traveling solo for a few years now — not because I dislike people or anything like that, but usually because I don't want to wait around for someone to travel with me and because I kind of LIKE to be on my own and have the freedom to do what I want when I want.
It's a common misconception — latched onto by the media — that it's inherently dangerous to travel solo if you are a woman.
Doing my homework helps me fit in to new cultures better, and also makes it easier to be vigilant without being paranoid.
Even though I wouldn't advise you to wander off alone with a complete stranger, people you meet on your travels ARE, for the most part, going to be helpful rather than threatening.
When traveling to more conservative countries, I make sure to pack more modest clothing.
Not only does this make me feel more comfortable since I know I won't be offending anyone with what I'm wearing, but it also tends to cut down on the catcalls and other unwanted attention.
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In the past couple of weeks, I've received a handful of emails from women asking me all sorts of questions about traveling solo.
But there's no need to immediately look at every unknown face as a threat.
) I've already written about the realities of solo female travel, and have made suggestions for places to go on your first solo trip.
But, when “danger” is involved, I realize some people want even more reassurance.
I spent a lot of time being very suspicious of anyone who would strike up a conversation with me for about the first year I was traveling alone.
Until I realized that those people were just trying to be friendly.