8 Solo Female Travel Safety Tips

Last Updated on January 2, 2024

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Being a solo female traveller can be intimidating, scary and even bring up some travel anxiety. Even more so if this is your first trip away.

In fact, worries about what your first trip might entail often put potential first-time solo female travelers off completely!

But don’t let your fears stop you from doing what you want to do. I LOVE travelling alone, and there are many advantages to it.

I always say that you should experience travelling alone at least one time in your life.

This pushes you out of your comfort zone and urges you to be comfortable being alone and making friends on the road.

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What can make things a little easier when you’re getting ready for your first solo adventure are some good solo female travel safety tips.

With a handful of sound pieces of advice to keep you from making basic missteps, the world can open up for you in ways you never thought possible.

In my solo female travel guide below are some of the best tips, guidelines and pieces of advice I can offer.

Follow these solo female travel safety tips so you can feel and stay safe on the road as a single female traveller!

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Here are my Top Solo Female Travel Safety Tips

1. Dress Appropriately and As a Local

One of the most important things is to dress like the locals would. Don’t prance around in a bikini if it’s a country where the woman don’t show their shoulders and legs.

Be logical and dress appropriately to the culture.

One of my top solo female travel safety tips: Always take a sarong or scarf with you when you’re travelling.

If you arrive somewhere and feel uncomfortable, you can quickly whip that out of your bag and put it around your shoulders or head if you feel like people are looking at you.

You can also use it as a picnic blanket, beach blanket or a skirt! Win, win!

I urge you to do some research where you are thinking of travelling to about what is the dress code. Solo travel for female adventurers can improve greatly with a bit of forward planning!

For example in the middle east, I would have never worn shorts because in most countries the women are dressed from head to toe.

In Asia, if you want to visit the temples you need to cover your shoulders and knees to enter.

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2. Don’t Let the Media Scare You

I get so angry at the media sometimes. They portray certain countries as wildly unsafe when in real life they are not. All the media focuses on is the bad.

Quite often they will say that the best technique for how to travel solo safely as a woman is not to travel at all!

Listen to the news and compare how many negative stories there are compared to positive. You will soon see that all stories are portrayed in a negative way.

In saying that, you do need to listen to what is happening around the world to some degree to know what is happening with countries governments and politics.

Instead, I suggest you ask around what other peoples experiences were and search for blogs of people that have been to the country and can give you a real opinion.

Ask the travel agents about any alerts they may have on the country you are thinking of going to as well.

Usually, your own countries government website will be able to tell you if there are certain places that are deemed unsafe.

The other suggestion I have is to ONLY listen to peoples opinions if they have actually visited the country.

I could cry at how many times people told me not to go to India or Albania who hadn’t actually been there.

You wouldn’t trust someone’s recommendation on an ice-cream flavour if they don’t eat ice-cream, would you?

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3. Be Confident but Not Cocky

Confidence goes a long way. Don’t act like you’re a pushover and people won’t harass you. Put your head high and don’t look so scared.

You may stick out too much if you start shaking and crying! At the same time don’t act cocky because that will get you nowhere and probably into further trouble.

Just be sure with yourself and people will not mess with you as a solo female traveller.

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4. Research and Read Up on Customs

One of the MOST important solo female travel safety tips is to research. You can never research too much when it comes to travel.

The best way is to research travel blogs – especially solo female travel blogs! We as travel bloggers give our personal opinion with practical tips on countries that we have visited.

When you find a great solo female travel blog with a lot about the country you are going to travel to, why not leave a comment and ask if they have any solo female travel safety tips?!

One of my other favourite ways to find out about customs is the Lonely Planet Guides, they are fantastic for telling you about the customs and what you should and shouldn’t do etc.

Another great place is Trip Advisor. If you didn’t know already you can look in their forums and ask questions for people to answer.

You can learn a lot from other people so don’t be scared to ask around for advice.

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5. Watch your Body Language

This is one of the more subtle solo female travel tips to remember.

In every culture, people have different body language. Like I mentioned above, research is the best thing you can do here to learn about what you should and shouldn’t do.

For example, a simple smile or staring at an Indian man can mean something totally different from the western world.

Also, some body language that might be totally okay in your country might be incredibly offensive in another.

It can get confusing but don’t be afraid to ask the locals about their culture as well, you will learn a lot from them!

6. Don’t Get Uncontrollably Drunk

If you want to go out then make sure you do it with people you trust. Don’t get so drunk you can’t remember where you are staying.

Another of my top solo female travel safety tips: Always makes sure your drink is right in front of you and you can see it at all times. You do not want something awful to happen.

Don’t be afraid to experience the nightlife on your own either but be cautious of how much alcohol you consume and ALWAYS keep an eye on your drink.

7. Your Gut Feeling is your Warning Sign to Get Out

No matter which solo female travel destination you choose, sometimes your intuition will send warnings to you despite no danger being immediately present.

Listen to your gut! Your body will tell you when you need to get out of a certain situation.

I usually get an overwhelming feeling of butterflies in my stomach and feel like I’m going to throw up if I’m in a bad situation.

When I get this feeling I immediately get out of that situation, I don’t overthink it. Listen to what your head and body are trying to tell you and if you get that feeling, get out now!

Some people have a stronger sense than others.

There have been multiple times I’ve had this feeling while travelling and as soon as I left that location or stopped talking to that person it went away.

Trust your body; it’s a marvellous thing!

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8. Don’t be Too Naïve

Unfortunately, there are bad people everywhere. The biggest mistake I see and hear solo female travellers do is trust someone too quickly.

Be it a boy who’s overly nice to you, or someone on the street ‘giving’ you a bracelet – please don’t be too naive. The best thing you can do is research again.

There are many scams out in this world, some of which I am still learning about today. I have an article on the tourist scams in India you should watch out for here.

There are similar scams all around the world – make sure to always keep your solo female travel safety tips in mind.

For example, In Paris, you might bump into a man telling you he wants to give you this beautiful bracelet for free. As soon as he puts it on you he will demand money.

And if you don’t give him the money you will be surrounded by a group of intimidating men. This is a prime example of being too naive!

Don’t tell anybody where you staying, and if a dodgy fella asks you if you have a boyfriend and you feel uncomfortable, it’s okay to tell a white lie and say he’s just over there and you have got to go meet him.

Put a ring on your wedding finger if necessary, just do what you’ve got to do to be safe and feel comfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions

✅ Where is safe for solo female travellers?

This is often the first question when wondering where to go as a solo female traveller. Europe is often cited as a safe place for solo female travel, with Austria, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland featuring highly for solo female travel safety.

✅ What do I need to know before travelling solo?

There’s a lot to consider when travelling alone, and there are plenty of solo female travel safety tips to take on board before you go. One of the top ones is to make sure someone knows where you will be at all times, and to check in with them frequently while on the road.

✅ What do you call a person who travels alone?

One word which can be used to romanticise solo travel is to refer to yourself as a vagabond! While vagabonds typically have no job as they travel from place to place, it’s a great way to describe yourself!

If you have any further solo female travel safety tips then feel free to leave them down below!

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  • Joann
    December 21, 2015

    You made really good points here. As an ‘accidental’ solo female traveler, I find it useful to do research prior to my trip especially with the customs of the place I intend to visit. Trusting my gut is another thing; it has saved me from getting into trouble most of the time 🙂

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Joann
      June 27, 2016

      Yeah, research and trusting your gut feeling is so important 🙂 Thanks for reading!