Travelling solo may seem a bit daunting at first, especially for women. However it is increasingly becoming more and more common. People often wish to travel alone just for the experience, because their plans may not sync up with those of their friends or just to see another country from a different perspective. Women are increasingly choosing to travel solo for all these reasons and the unique experience solo travel offers.
There are good and bad sides to solo travel. One good thing is that you can do what you want with your time. You can spend another hour looking around a museum if you want. You can spend an extra week or month in a place you’ve fallen in love with, without discussing your decision with anyone. Solo travel means you can meet more people – perhaps you’ll fall in love with more than just a place. You’ll also be closer to the place where you’re travelling, because a person travelling solo can do things that people travelling in groups can’t do.
A negative factor is that many women travelling solo experience loneliness. You don’t have anyone to share the experience with. But solo travel allows you to meet people along the way who you can share a day, a week or a month with … and some of these relationships will last a lifetime. Of course it’s important to keep in touch with people back home, and a good chat on the phone might allieviate some of that loneliness.
Security is another factor to consider when women travel solo. It’s important to keep an eye on your belongings at all times – use the hotel safe, wear a moneybelt and use the lockers if you’re staying in a hostel. Also, use a padlock on your bag when you leave it in the hotel or check it into a bus or plane. Travelling alone means there’s no-one to watch your things when you go to the bathroom. Use a bike lock or ask someone to watch your bags for you – a family or a couple is probably a better bet than a lone man.
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