Whether backpacking or setting off on a business trip, there are always risks, particularly for women travelling solo. The SheSaid team have been travelling solo for years, so we’ve put together our top 3 tips for preparing for your trip, avoiding anxiety and having the time of your life.
1. Research your destination
Research in detail before you depart, including transferring from the airport to your lodging. Booking accommodation for at least the first night of the trip can save a lot of hassle, especially after a long flight and hauling heavy bags. Read reviews, browse photos and ask friends and colleagues for their recommendations – you don’t want to find yourself in a cold and dirty hotel, in a run-down town far from home.
2. Pack appropriately
Before pulling out the suitcase, think about the climate, the amount of moving between accommodation you will be doing, and how long you will be away for. If you’re setting off backpacking and overestimate the amount of clothes you’re able to lug around Asia, or you embark on a trip to the Dolomites and suddenly realise your rock climbing gear would have come in very useful, let’s just say a little pre-planning would have come in handy.
Remember, as a woman, that you may look more vulnerable than other travellers. Dress modestly and conceal your money, expensive jewellery and any mobiles/tablets/laptops. We love to travel with a lightweight, across-the-body bag that feels comfortable but can’t be snatched as easily as a shoulder bag.
3. Be mentally and physically prepared
Make sure you have more than one photocopy of your passport and important documentation like visas (with each set of copies kept in a different safe place), and buy travel insurance before you leave.
What’s your best tip for travelling solo?