This post was originally published in 2017. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content.
Traveling alone – especially as a woman – is no piece of cake. Even after all these years on the road, I still get nervous butterflies in my tummy when I’m about to make a big travel move on my own. Feeling nervous and even scared is totally normal – and some might argue that the heightened awareness which comes with this nervousness even helps keep you safe.
So that scared feeling on its own shouldn’t prevent women from hitting the road; we just have to do it with a bit more street sense and cautionary behaviour under our belts.
That’s where this month’s vlog comes in. A reader wrote in to me expressing her concerns about traveling alone as a woman, and asked me for some tips.
So in this episode, I’m rolling out my tips for traveling alone.
I cover off things like:
- What to do if you find yourself in a situation or place that feels unsafe
- Street sense advice
- How to take a taxi (especially in Colombia)
- The consulate phone number trick
- How to not get drugged in a bar(!)
- …and more
I also share some relevant stories and experiences, and hopefully in the thick of it all, in addition to learning all these great tips, some of your own concerns for traveling alone will be abated.
As I said in a previous vlog, I haven’t decided if I prefer traveling alone or traveling with people. Both have their pros and cons. But I’ll tell you what: on the whole, I absolutely love the freedom, independence, and empowerment I get every time I get out there and discover a new place by myself.
There’s really nothing like it!
Please enjoy my vlog this month!
Traveling Alone as a Woman (VLOG Ep. 5)
Click here to watch this video on YouTube.
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