Since starting Solo WomenTraveler in 2009, we have gathered an extensive amount of solo travel statistics and data as well as demographic and psychographic information on solo travelers.
A big part of our job is monitoring the copious amount of travel research that is conducted every year and extracting solo travel specific statistics.
That’s why we’ve put together this category on Solo Traveler specifically for women who want to travel alone. It’s designed to point you to the most relevant information for female solo traveler
Travel industry data looks at solo travelers within the context of all travel. Our reader survey is of solo travelers specifically providing a better understanding of the solo travel market
Your Solo Female Travel Specialists
To say experts may be a bit much but, as women, Tracey and I have a lot of experience traveling solo. We’ve been doing so for many years
I went on my first solo trip in my twenties. I spent two weeks in India and, to tell you the truth, I was flying by the seat of my pants. I could have used some of the advice in the articles below. Since then I’ve enjoyed many years of solo travel. And, as a woman traveling alone, I’ve experienced the good and, on occasion, the bad. All of which has prepared me to write and publish Solo Traveler
Top 5 Tips for Solo Female Travelers
We are sometimes asked to narrow down our top tips for women traveling solo. Taking some from how to travel solo as a women, others from our safety advise and still more from our lifestyle pieces for women, here they are.
- Choose your destination with Intent. You can travel better simply by understanding why you want to go where you want to go. Dig down. The initial inspiration may come from a book you read or a movie you watched, but surely there’s more to the story. Understand your intent, what’s drawing you to the destination, and you’ll have a more enriching travel experience
- Plan your first night well. At minimum, have a place to rest your head on the first night of every destination on your trip and plan to arrive by mid afternoon. It’s important to have the time to find your hotel or hostel in daylight and time to change your accommodation if you determine that this is not the place for you.
- Visualize the necessities but no more. Traveling solo does require attention to details. Visualizing how the practical aspects of your trip fit together, from departure to transfers to accommodation, help you travel with less stress. But stop imagining what the trip will be like at that point. Be open to opportunities as they arise. It’s impossible to travel without any expectations of a destination, however, the less you are driven by specific expectations the freer you will be to travel in the moment.
- Meet other women travelers. You can build friendships with women around the world. My favorite way is by staying at hostels.
- Stay local, buy local, meet locals. By planning well you will have a better understanding of how to be supportive of the local economy. Buy local crafts, eat local food, stay in locally-owned accommodation so that the profits don’t leave the country. And as you do all of this, connect with locals. This will give you much on which to reflect.
Solo Female Travel Tips: Why, Where, How and Safety
So what is it about women and solo travel? Why do women go? If you’re a woman, why should you travel on your own? And then also, where should you go, what travel techniques are particularly valuable for women solo travelers and how should women stay safe on the road solo?
Top Reasons for Women to Travel Solo
- Discover yourself as you discover the world. In your day-to-day life people have expectations of you. Conforming to these expectations is a common response. When you travel by yourself there’s no one around with such expectations. You can discover who you are when no one is looking.
- Do what you want to do when you want to do it. Sleep in our get up early, it’s your choice. Spend all day in a coffee shop or hit three museums, it’s up to you. Save money on this but over-spend on that. Take in activities to meet new people or find ways to be totally solo. How you spend your money, and every minute of the day for that matter, is all up to you.
- Build confidence. Whether your natural tendency is to be timid or you’re bouncing back after a divorce or loss and feel a little vulnerable, traveling solo can build your confidence as you find out just how capable you really are.
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