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Women and Solo Travel – How to beat the “I can’t”

Hey Explorers!

Say it with me – “I am a woman and I can solo travel.” Repeat it to yourself a few times. It is a sad reality that women often times feel a lot of anxiety and fear when they think about solo traveling for the first time.

As a woman who has traveled to 6 continents, 41 countries, and all over the US, I still get butterflies at the prospect of traveling solo. We worry about our safety, we worry that we will be taken advantage of, and ultimately we worry because we have been trained to worry. It is true that there are more risks as women travellers, but risks can be managed. That is what I want to talk about here.

Here is how you can beat that voice in your head that is telling you solo travel is a bad idea:

1. Remind yourself that it is actually a fantastic idea

I am going to start with this one so that you can begin visualizing yourself in the place you want to travel. Obviously, you are reading this article because you have a desire to go somewhere or do something that scares you. But your desire is what I want to focus on. Solo travel is incredibly rewarding. There comes a feeling of being unstoppable and unparalleled accomplishment of doing something all by yourself. Let’s list some benefits:

2. Have a Plan 

Planning ahead and educating yourself on your destination is a sure way to curb doubt and anxiety. Here are some tips for planning:

3. Communicate

Awesome! I am sure your plan is looking stellar! Hopefully you are feeling a little more at ease now that you have some of the major details ironed out. The next option to further add comfort to you as a solo female traveler is to communicate before, during, and after your trip.

4. Manage Your Social Media Presence

While many of us love posting about our incredible trips, it is generally a good rule of thumb to never post about a place while you are there. Save the posts for after the trip or when you move between locations.

This list is just based on my experiences. What tips do you have for fellow solo female travellers? Let me know in the comments and I’ll update the article with the best tips!

Happy exploring,


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