Solo female travel can be empowering, liberating, and bring independence to the explorer. But not without its initial hurdles. As safety is the top consideration for women to think about while exploring new territories alone, you’ll want to plan your trip well before embarking. That’s where we can help. With years of experience within our team, travelling as solo females, we have curated our ultimate guide, which may include factors you hadn’t even considered yet. All that's left to do is say yes to the experiences solo travelling can bring you.
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Touring as a solo traveller can bring a rich, new perspective to life which you may not have experienced otherwise. But if you’re a female exploring alone, we must talk about safety. Here we explore our 3 solo travel tips for staying safe while alone.
Whether you're a frequent traveller or you’re planning a solo trip for the first time, general safety considerations include:
Meeting like-minded travellers is all part of the solo female travel experience. However, a certain level of caution should be taken.
Another top tip - researching the best solo travel destinations prior to your trip can also help ease your worry of being alone as a woman. Feeling comfortable to explore a new country by yourself should be a luxury everyone gets to experience.
At some point when travelling alone, you’ll turn to a means of public transport, whether a bus, train, or even flight. But what considerations should you think about?
While this handful of tips for solo female travellers may seem extreme, we’d rather prepare you and you don’t have to use them, rather than being unprepared and left vulnerable.
To discover more about the transportation systems in the UK, we have a guide for England’s train stations and Scotland’s train stations.
With safety considerations securely locked into your thoughts, now comes the fun part. Planning your journey to the best solo female travel destinations. Having experienced the process ourselves, we’re confident that our five top considerations may also provide useful information to you. Let's begin!
While being spontaneous is fun, and sometimes a necessity with solo travelling, researching your trip is always wise. Not only can it get you excited about the places you’re going to and the cultures you get to experience, it can help determine which locations are the safest for women travelling on their own.
You may also have to think about having the right documents to enter each country. For example, our guide to solo travelling Europe outlines different countries you may want to consider visiting, but prior to booking double check the visa requirements. The same goes for solo travelling the UK. We’d hate for you to miss out on your favourite Outlander tour, just because you hadn’t researched prior to your trip.
Alongside researching which destinations you want to visit as a solo woman traveller, considering the cultural differences is important. For example, visiting Scotland could be a completely different experience to touring Italy. Being prepared for anything can help ease your worry and allow you to enjoy your solo travels as a woman. Things you may want to be aware of include:
Staying connected and reassuring loved ones while on your solo female trip may be one of the best pieces of advice we could give. Yes, they will worry about you, even if you call every night. It's only natural. Whichever countries you choose to explore, you can easily purchase a local SIM card or portable WiFi hotspots to keep in touch with home. Is a European country first on your list? Discover what other tips you need to know before visiting Europe this year.
From our experience, nine out of ten times, the items you pack and squeeze into your luggage will never see the light of day. It will get to the point on your solo female trip where you end up wearing the same outfit multiple days in a row. But you don’t care. You're having the adventure of a lifetime. Our best tips to avoid overpacking are:
Yes, we know we said researching and planning ahead is key before your solo trip, but an element of flexibility is also needed. Imagine this. You stop in your travel accommodation for a few nights and get to know a group of other travellers fairly well and they say “hey why don’t you join us in coming to…” Are you not going to go because you’ve got a rigid plan in place? No, you’d be curious to travel with them. And that can be the beauty of female solo travel, you don’t know who you’ll meet or where you may end up. But isn’t it exciting?
Now feeling prepared to take on your solo female travel adventure? Great. Why not ease yourself into it by booking one of our small-group tours? You get to meet like-minded travellers while exploring the UK and Europe, all with the reassurance of a friendly, knowledgeable driver-guide. Where will you conquer first?