If travelling alone has taught me anything, it’s that people firmly believe women who travel solo are brave. I didn’t really understand this when I set off on my journey but, looking back, I now appreciate what they were getting at. Travelling alone as a woman does come with precautions attached. This should by no means stop women (or anyone) going it alone, but there are a few things to keep in mind to help maximise the fun times and minimise the concerned calls from home.
The following tips could be useful for anyone, regardless of gender.
Know your route
I always found the journey from transport to accommodation the most nerve-racking. The last thing I wanted was to get lost and let my confident backpacker façade slip. To get around this, I would access Wi-Fi before I arrived and take screenshots of my route - this way, I was just another person looking at my phone, rather than at a giant fold-out map that emphasised my just-arrived status. Luckily, Google has offline maps now, so make sure you download the map for your city before you get there. Try to also pin down public transport maps beforehand, as you may not have access to 4G.
Pro tip: There are certain cities where tourists are targets. Careful as I was, I got duped out of my train money once. Be confident, dress like a local and keep your train money close.