Travelling can be a liberating experience, encouraging you to make new friends and giving you control of where you go and what you do.
With changing demographics it is also increasingly common for people to travel on their own. However, particularly for female travellers, travelling on your own brings its own risks and challenges. Solo travellers may also want to know how to keep their costs down.
Tips for female travellers
- Before you leave, visit the FCO website for information on your destination, including information on the local culture and customs.
- Be respectful of local dress codes and cover up as recommended.
- Be aware that what might be taken for harmless flirting in the UK, might be taken more seriously in some countries.
- Pre-book your airport transfers and as much of your accommodation as possible in advance, and leave your trip itinerary with a friend or family member.
- It is also advisable, wherever possible, to join an organised tour rather than heading off on your own when visiting local tourist attractions or countryside.
- Don’t look too touristy, with maps and cameras on display, to reduce your chances of being robbed. Learn some key phrases in the local language, so you can communicate in an emergency.
- Store the number and address of your accommodation on your phone in case you get lost.
- Avoid walking alone in deserted areas, such as the beach, at night.
- In some countries, it helps to wear a ring on your wedding finger to avoid un-wanted male attention.
- Never leave a drink unattended.