Me traveling solo in Berlin.
Due to recent events in the news of a young 33 year old American mother being found murdered in Istanbul while traveling by herself, the public is questioning “Is traveling solo and especially is traveling solo as a female a safe thing to do?“. The answer that I give you (as a frequent solo traveler myself) along with an overwhelmingly LARGE response from the travel community is YES. Yes it is safe and you will quickly learn from the posts I share below that the problem here that we should focus on is violence against women at home and abroad and has nothing to do with traveling solo or not.
There are zillions of tips that I can list off for you that will help keep you safe like:
1. Trust your gut, if something doesn’t feel right, act upon your feelings and try to get yourself out of the situation you are in or stop talking to that creepy guy in the hostel.
2. Avoid going out at night by yourself in a city you aren’t familiar with.
3. Research about your destination as much as possible and avoid the trouble areas.
4. Be in contact with home as much as possible, forward people your schedule so someone always knows where you are.
5. If you are considering traveling solo by yourself for the first time, think about booking a tour or at least visiting a familiar country/city first, to test the waters and see if it is right for you. Take baby steps.
I could go on and on. Caz from www.YtravelBlog.com has great tips HERE. Gray from www.SoloFriendly.com offers up more safety tips HERE. and Janice from www.SoloTravelerBlog.com has a zillion tips on safely traveling solo HERE.
Me traveling solo in Australia.
Just like everything else that the media blows out of proportion, they are totally blowing the idea that solo travel might not be safe out of proportion as well. As Stephanie Yoder of whywaittoseetheworld.com says it best in her recent article “If this poor woman had been murdered in Chicago or New York City we probably would never have heard about it, because it doesn’t play on this fear of the unknown.”
I’m not the most eloquent person when it comes to putting pen to paper but some of these ladies that I admire and respect definitely are and make some good points on this topic. If I haven’t convinced you that it is still safe to travel solo then I can 100% guarantee that they will:
- Stephanie Yoder from whywaittoseetheworld.com has written a post titled “Female solo travel is NOT the problem“.
- Amanda Williams from www.Dangerous-Business.com writes this open letter to her father “Dear Dad: Please Don’t Worry (A treatise on solo female travel)“
- Christine Amorose of www.cestchristine.com write the post “Solo female travel: Why it’s a label I support“
- Jodi Ettenberg of www.LegalNomads.com writes about “Revisiting the solo female travel experience“
- Mariellen Ward from www.BreatheDreamGo.com has started a hashtag on twitter to encourage and support women to travel solo #WeGoSolo
There are also A LOT of other sites written by wonderful solo travellers that can give you tips on traveling solo whether female OR Male that will show you that not only you can do it, but it is safe.
If it wasn’t safe, would all these people be doing it?
If you have a link that you want included leave it in the comments or email me at cailinoneil (at) travelyourself.ca