If you’re a woman thinking of traveling alone, you may be hearing a lot of concerns and even horror stories about how dangerous this might be. And, sure, there is danger in it—but there’s danger in everything, and as long as you are smart and careful, you’ll probably be fine. To ease your worries, here are some tips for how you can have as positive of a solo trip as possible.
Trust Your Gut
The most significant risk you take in traveling alone is accidentally putting your trust in the wrong person. That’s why it’s so important to listen to your intuition when it comes to new people. If somebody you meet gives you a funny, weird feeling—you don’t have to keep talking to them just to be polite. Don’t hesitate to walk away if your gut tells you to.
Talk to People – When You Want To
Just because you arrived to a new city alone doesn’t mean you have to stay alone while you’re there. It’s so easy to hook up with people from your hostel or at a café you can hang with for a day or two. Then again, don’t feel any pressure to join up with other people if you don’t want to. There can be something so special about visiting a new place all by yourself. Let that be a part of your experience, too.
Don’t Forget to Take Photos
One downside to traveling alone is there’s nobody there to take photos of you. But don’t let that stop you from capturing your memories! Between selfie sticks and trading photos with a kind nearby stranger, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get pictures of yourself on your travels.