How To Stay Extra Safe As A Female Solo Traveller

The Dorchester Hotel

The Dorchester Hotel

It seems that more and more women are travelling by themselves these days. Don’t get me wrong because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this but extra care will be needed travelling as a lone traveller whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure. Some cultures disagree with women travelling solo whilst others don’t have a problem with it. Who said we couldn’t travel solo anyway? London is a vibrant city but sometimes feels like a lonely place. Tourists as well as residents should enjoy the city but at the same time, take care. From experience, I have learned how to stay extra safe as a solo female traveller.

How To Stay Extra Safe As A Female Solo Traveller

Victoria Coach Station

Apparently about half of business travellers are women but they’re still more vulnerable than men when traveling by themselves around London and other parts of the world. Careful planning and precautions will need to be put in place to prevent women being a target. Move swiftly and avoid loitering.

I prefer to team up with a group of friends to keep me company. Ideally, this would work for most women but it’s not always an option, after all we have to get to work or to the Gym and can’t have a chaperone with us all the time.

Don’t appear to be traveling solo or reveal to anyone about your travels. Even if people do ask you if it’s your first time in London, just let them know that you are a regular in the city. Advertising can also make you vulnerable. If you get lost and don’t know where you’re going, just pretend as if you do. Plan and review your route in advance before leaving home or your hotel. I’ve bumped into tourist a couple of times that have their maps in full view. Rather than making it obvious, mark your route on a map before leaving or use a GPS to avoid strangers asking you about you travel plans.

Female Solo Traveller

 

Luggage

Female Solo Traveller will need to keep an eye on valuables by placing them in a money belt, only take the cards that you need to use as well as a little cash. Heavy items will only weigh you down. Pack light so that you can move quickly but also avoid expensive merchandise.

Hire a bike if you need to. It can be foldable one, a normal push bike or if you’re like me and don’t like climbing steep hills, it might be worth considering an electronic bike.

If visiting London, choose a hotel that belongs to a reputable chain or a bed and breakfast. London has a range of Women’s only hotels. Don’t take a chance by waiting until you get to London before finding accommodation. It might be a good idea to pick up one of your hotel’s postcards from the reception with their name, address and phone number, just in case you lose your way back after night out. This is one of my best practices and I normally keep the card in my purse. 

Looking confident and drinking less alcohol is another way to avoid being a target. There is nothing wrong with making new friends but be wary because you can’t trust anyone. Learn Self-defence e.g. Taekwondo as this will help you to defend yourself.

Sometimes it might be the case that you need to get somewhere but can’t find a companion. Don’t be discouraged and don’t stop travelling because we won’t ever get anywhere if we wait on people. Try to pluck the courage to go alone if necessary or if you have children, let them tag along.

Is there a place you desperately need to get to but haven’t got a companion? How do you feel about female solo travellers? Feel free to leave a comment as always.

Women only hotels in London

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12 Responses to “How To Stay Extra Safe As A Female Solo Traveller”

  1. Sushmita January 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    Great tips for female solo travelers, I haven’t traveled solo yet but would love to sometime.
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Bola Akande January 14, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

      Travelling solo is something we might all have to do someday.

  2. Carole Terwilliger Meyers January 13, 2017 at 2:01 am #

    It’s always smart to be careful if you’re a woman traveling alone and you’ve highlighted some good reminders. I didn’t know about London’s women-only hotels. I’ll be looking into that.

    • Bola Akande January 14, 2017 at 9:30 pm #

      So glad you found these tips useful. Women-only hotels is just what just what we need.

  3. Phoenicia January 13, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    I have travelled solo once in my mid twenties. I did not mind it at all. I stayed in an apartment and met some lovely people – even went for a meal with them. I was cautious at all times as I usually am even when in my home country.

    I would not like to travel as in from place to place, staying in random hostels. I know young women do this especially as gap years – I see it as high risk.

    • Bola Akande January 14, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

      Thanks for the tips and knowing that it’s possible to have a good time travelling alone.

  4. Vicki Winters January 13, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

    Thanks for this info. I’m headed to London by myself in April and will keep this post close by!!

    • Bola Akande January 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

      So glad you found the tips useful and hope you have a really god time in April.

  5. lols January 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    Thank you for such great advise. I prefer to travel with a friend or family members because I feel more safe.

    • Bola Akande January 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

      Good idea.I prefer the company of friends and family as well.

  6. Suzanne Fluhr January 17, 2017 at 5:59 am #

    I traveled to London in September and I was by myself there for a few days. One piece of advice when traveling solo (or even not solo) to a new city is to scour the internet for information about where and where not to stay and go. Our son loves Mexico City and feels safe there, but he knows where not to go in that sprawling metropolis. I carefully read TripAdvisor hotel reviews before choosing a hotel next to Paddington Station from where I needed to take a train one day. In many cities, the area around train stations can be dodgy, but I felt secure even though managed to get lost—-twice—because of my shockingly poor sense of direction.

    • Bola Akande January 18, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

      This is good to know. I’ve also found that areas around train stations dodgy but reading reviews are also helpful.

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