Woman travelling alone especially out of the country and exploring the world faces a number of obstacles. But with careful planning, common sense and respect for societal differences, you can minimize your risks and maximize your chances of having a safe and successful trip.

So whether you want to discover new frontiers, pursue business opportunities, or simply want to rest and relax, go for it with a bag of following knows and hows.

1. Well done research

Well planned and researched travelling will help you avoid hassles later. The more the research you have done on the place where you’re going, the safer and happier your travels will be. So be sure to have all details and required information of any country you’re thinking of visiting. It will help you to choose a destination where you’ll feel safe and in your comfort zone. If any doubt regarding the safety and security, health conditions, the political and economic environment, local laws, customs, and cultural norms put that country off your list without a doubt while travelling alone,

  •  Understand the terms of visa properly .
  • As a precaution leave copies of important travel documents with family or friends and If possible, scan all your documents and send them to yourself at an e-mail address you can access anywhere.
  • Have assistance from travel books, apps, newsletters, magazines, and websites for women travellers.
  •  Have travel health insurance that aids all medical expenses for illness or injury.
  • Consider taking a self-defence course for women. You’ll embark on your journey with added confidence.

2. Light on baggage

Though in India we are the habitat of caring more clothes matching accessories and food from home too, try travelling with less weight which will let you feel more free and let you enjoy the trip while travelling alone with less burden.

  • It reduces the threat of losing money and valuables.
  • With simple clothing least and not to expensive accessories and less luggage it will help mark you not as a wealthy tourist.
  • Use a small wheeled suitcase or backpack for long trips, a small day pack or tote bag for shorter excursions. Keep your luggage locked at all times.
  • Have at least one hand free at all times. It may help to wear cargo pants or a vest with multiple pockets to store travel documents and gear. Stay alert and keep an eye out for bag-snatchers and pickpockets.

3. Safety

Your safety is of prior importance. Negligence in a new country is not affordable. So stay wise, stay alert!

  • Never go for a taxi if the driver approaches you in an airport arrival area. Such services are usually illegal and may be unsafe. Instead ask your hotel to recommend taxi services and avoid the risk of hailing an unlicensed cab on the street.
  • Carry only essentials, such as your cash and hotel key, in a compact waterproof container with a neck or wrist strap while going for beaches and pool.
  • Utilize GPS system which will give you accurate directions for travel. You will get constant monitoring of your current position.
  • Even in case, you are lost do not give an impression of being vulnerable.
  • Never tell strangers where you’re staying or disclose details of your travel plans to anyone you don’t fully trust.
  • Take extra precautions if you go out at night. Consider joining a sightseeing tour if you want to experience the sights and rhythms of a foreign city at night.
  • Don’t hesitate to shout if any one attacks, steals or molest you

A scream can be helpful to ward off such creeps.


4. Dress Up

In some countries you need to dress up following the rules with due respect to their cultures. Neglecting these customs may be strictly forbidden in some societies and can put you at risk.

  • Just check out what women wear in your host country before you arrive. Pack a suitable wardrobe based on your research.
  • The dress code is especially strict in some male-dominated societies, where bare shoulders, short pants, mini skirts, and other revealing attire may cause offence. A shawl can be a priceless part of your wardrobe and so can a long skirt
  • Dress appropriately when visiting any religious site. Bring a scarf or shawl in case you need to cover your head, shoulders, or arms.

5. Take Care

While travelling alone you also need to take care of your health too. As without sound health you can’t enjoy or if you are there for a business meet you won’t be able to give your 100%. So few precautionaries can help you deal with the health issues.

  • If you are allergic to something, feels nauseated while travelling or any other medications are going on, do not fail to take related medicines in-store as you might or might not find the one easily.
  • Keep an adequate supply of feminine hygiene products, such as tampons and sanitary napkins.
  • Do not forget to keep a hand sanitizer as well as extra tissue papers which may not be available to you outside hotels.
  • Remember to bring extra eyeglasses or contact lenses in case of breakage or loss.

Hope this guideline will help make your trip even more safe, enjoyable and successful.

Bon Voyage!