When I was going out on my first solo travel adventure, I was so excited I had the opportunity to travel, something I never thought I would have due to my health limitations, I never thought about the element of doing it alone. My worries came in the form of 1000 questions to myself mid-flight between San Diego and Mexico city. How do you make friends in a foreign country? Would I always be by myself? Would I get lonely after a week and want to come home? What would people think if that happened? Would I look weak? Would I look like a freak for going to tourist attractions and out to meals by myself? Pretty much every worry you could think of pre-solo travel you can think of, I thought on that flight. Were my worries wrong? Most of them. But travelling solo was the best decision I have ever made. I want others to take the leap and do it too as it’s such an incredible experience. This is a collection of solo female travel advice from women in the travel sector. These women are well versed in solo female travel and this is their one piece of advice they would give there old selves if they could do it all over again. I hope it helps you to take the leap too!

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Solo female travel advice:

Shannon O’Donnell, alittleadrift.com

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“Always pay the extra few dollars for your safety. In my first weeks and months on the road, I was budget-conscious and unsure of where it was best to splurge a bit here and there. I would treat myself to a latte, but then skimp on picking a central hostel. It seems silly to say it, but I so often see other budget travelers get caught in the minutiae and not looking at the wider picture. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, comparatively, to add a good deal more safety to your trip. Now, I prioritize the aspects of travel that make it both significantly easier, and significantly safer — and often for just a few extra dollars, the same price I pay to justify my daily coffee or a beer with friends. This means paying for the taxi or Uber back to my accommodation at night, paying an extra bit for a flight that arrives during daylight hours, joining a day tour if sightseeing in a certain city is best done with others, and things of that nature. It’s worth it for the piece of mind; you will certainly feel better and more secure when you give yourself permission to prioritize safety in your budget.”

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Solo female travel advice:

Kate McCulley, AdventurousKate.com

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Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

 

“If I could go back and tell something to my younger self, I wouldn’t give as much agency to my partners when it came to planning my travels. Even though I’ve primarily traveled solo while both single and in relationships, I’ve allowed myself to skip trips, plan shorter trips, and omit certain destinations for the sake of pleasing my partners. Not anymore. The right partner will understand how much your travel dreams mean to you.”

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Solo female travel advice:

Charli Moore, wanderlusters.com

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Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel“The one piece of advice I would give my old self at the start of my first solo trip would be that ‘you’re far more capable than you know’. I used to suffer from anxiety so solo travel wasn’t something I thought I’d enjoy. However I’ve found that the more places I visit solo, the more I find myself relishing the chance to stride out alone and explore on my own terms. Solo travel can be a scary concept, but I have found the experience far more valuable than trips I’ve taken with friends. I’m given the chance to stretch myself and take on new challenges, I’m not always successful in everything I attempt, but I always take something away from the experience that serves me well on another adventure.”

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Solo female travel advice from:

Christine Amorose Merrill, cestchristine.com

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Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

‘Don’t be afraid of going to places where no one else you know has been. It’s easy to feel scared of traveling to different countries and cultures, places where you don’t speak the language or understand the social etiquette–especially traveling alone as a young woman. And people you know and trust–your family, your friends, your parents–will project their fears onto you. Don’t be reckless–be aware of your surroundings, limit the drinking and partying, stay safe–but be brave. There’s a whole world out there to explore, and sometimes the most different places can be the most rewarding.’

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Solo female travel advice from:

Laia M, dreamtravelgirl.com

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Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

“Do not plan too much, you never know when you’ll find a place you love or when you’ll make new friends. Plan only a few days in advance, keep it flexible, let the trip flow by itself. And even though solo travelers usually meet many people, learn also how to enjoy your “alone time”, so you don’t depend on others to have a great time. 

One last tip: When you look for accommodation, read the reviews and search a place where people mention that the stuff is friendly. You might end up extending your stay and making new local friends. It has happened to me three times this year, and I’m still in contact with one of them. So… do not plan too much, and let the trip flow by itself.  “

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Solo female travel advice:

Kristen Sarah, hopscotchtheglobe.com

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Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

 

‘I would tell myself that solo travel is the best possible gift I could give myself. I would remind myself that solo travel doesn’t mean I need to be single to do it and that this will be the type of travel I’ll remain doing for the rest of my life. Solo travel is an incredible way to meet link minded people and step out of your element. It’s the time when you’ll rely on your intuition more than ever before, test your limits, spiritually grow, expand your mind, learn about yourself in ways you could never anticipate and become your bestest friend. I would tell my younger self that the sooner I start to travel solo, the more time I’ll get to do it again and again.’

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Solo female travel advice from:

Ashley Fleckenstein, ashleyabroad.com

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Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

 

 

 

‘Just to stay in hostels. That way you’ll meet plenty of people and probably end up having a fantastic time.’

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Solo female travel advice from:

Steph Yoder, whywaittoseetheworld.com

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Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

 

 

‘Stop worrying so much about how you MIGHT feel. I used to get so nervous before trips worrying if I might be lonely or scared or lost. The truth was: sometimes I was, but mostly I wasn’t. Now I try not to play the “what if” game.’

 

 

 

 

Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

Solo female travel advice, the chance of choice, female travel

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