Fooled by strangers or traveling partners is the most common tricks girls have to face when they go backpacking alone.
Solo female travel safety is a huge concern for women travelers. Travelling the world as an independent, solo female traveler is often seen as dangerous, daunting or too risky, but is it true?
Travelling the world as an independent, solo female traveler is often seen as dangerous, daunting or too risky, but is it true?
Are you at risk of being a victim to any specific crime or incidents? Probably not statistically speaking, but there is always a small chance.
There is always a small chance.
When her peer threated that if she wouldn’t agree, he would leave her here. Afraid of having to find a way home alone, she has no other way.
When her peer threated that if she wouldn’t agree, he would leave her here.
This is not Hollywood fantasy or the opening scene of movies like “I split on your grave”. No, it’s true, and people should be aware of it.
So, how to have a safe trip?
Safety Tip #1: Trust your gut instincts
There’s much to be said about the power of intuition. If something or someone gives you an uneasy vibe, there’s no shame in walking away or saying no. If your gut is telling you that something doesn’t feel right, listen to it. This sense naturally becomes more heightened over time as a solo traveler.
Safety Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to say no
Don’t be afraid that you will disappoint people by only saying yes when it feels right. Your solo journey is about you and nobody else.
Sometimes in bars and hostels, the group mentality to keep drinking and the pressure to partake in yet another round of shots is present on a daily basis.
Safety Tip #3: Dress appropriately
Dress like a local in order to blend in. By standing out, you risk more than just annoying catcalls. It’s a sad reality, but in some countries, women can’t dress as they please and need to cover up.
In traditionally Muslim countries, for example, wearing shorts and tank tops is not advisable and can be perceived as offensive. It’s best to at least cover the shoulders and the knees. Do some research on what’s appropriate to wear before packing.
Safety Tip #4: Don’t walk alone at night
In some countries, it’s perfectly safe to walk alone at night. In others, it could be dangerous. Going out at night in groups or asking to be accompanied by someone else at your guesthouse or hotel is always smart.
However, every year, thousands of women travel around the world and come back home safe and sound. Bad things do sometimes happen yes, but no more so than they do at home and certainly in very small numbers compared to the incidents of women travelling safely and soundly without any problems. Travelling the world is statistically very safe, and the probability of anything bad happening to you is pretty low.
Bad things do sometimes happen yes, but no more so than they do at home and certainly in very small numbers compared to the incidents of women travelling safely and soundly without any problems.
All travelers should take safety precautions, regardless of age or gender. Nobody is suggesting that women shouldn’t make the same sensible preparations as their male peers. But any attempt to constrain women’s movements solely on the basis of gender not only feeds into the idea that violence against them is inevitable, instead of tackling it, but also ignores the very real threats they face at home.
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