Exploring the world alone as a female might sound seem daunting to some. Safety is always a concern, especially when visiting countries with a high rate of femicide, but when you have a real burning desire to travel, and none of your friends, family members or your partner (if you’re in a relationship) are available, going solo is always an option if you take the precautions.
The bright side of solo traveling is that you might discover more. Why? Because traveling alone encourages you to become more adaptable, trust in your judgment with less hesitation, exert self-reliance and engage in self-reflection. So if you’re ready to embark into a solo travel getaway, here are some key tips:
6Make Sure Your Passport is Up to Date
You’d be shocked to learn how many people make the mistake of not keeping their passports up to date. When traveling, make sure it is valid for at least six months past your intended travels.
Check the Visa or Global Entry Program
Certain countries might have special entry requirements. Checking for information about global entry and visa programs is a great idea; in fact, we recommend that you get this sorted out as soon as you can. Usually, this paperwork can take extra time and leaving until last-minute may hamper your chances of being allowed entry to the country.
Research, Research, Research, and Research
Doing a fair amount of research will help you determine what to do, where to go, and what to bring. Coordinate your “must do’s” and always have a few other options. The beauty of traveling independently is that you can really make the most of your time. You can make your own rules and follow them on your own terms.
Pack Only What You Need
Now that you’ve considered what you’ll be doing, pack accordingly. Over-packing can be a burden (especially when traveling alone), so select your items carefully. Think about packing clothes that can be mixed and matched easily to create varying looks. Travel size items are clutched and don’t forget to leave a little room for souvenirs.