A little over a year ago, I set off on my first solo travel journey. Before this trip, I had only traveled to Europe with my family a couple of times and had never traveled to Asia. Even though I was nervous, I knew it felt right. I hopped on the plane and headed to India. Many my friends and family were more nervous about my trip than I was. People constantly asked me questions like, “aren’t you terrified?”, or make comments like, “I could never do something like that.”
Despite their anxieties (in addition to my own), there was something inside me that told me I needed to do this.
As I traveled more and more, I started identifying with other women who were on similar solo travels. I began to compile a mental list from my own experiences of what I found to be useful and helpful and where I struggled along the way to help other lone female travelers be successful in their journeys. The key takeaways to traveling by yourself and traveling as a solo female in any country come down to these five rules:
1. Pay close attention to your surroundings
2. Be confident in your decisions
3. Never appear lost (even if you are)
4. Maintain caution with strangers but know most people only have good intentions
5. Most importantly, trust your instincts
These simple rules are the key essentials I keep in mind to maintain my safety while allowing myself get the most out of my trips I take.
No matter what may happen to you along your journey, just remember, you should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s an experience.