Many female travelers are afraid of traveling alone because they feel that they are exposed to danger. However, the author of the award-winning travel blog "Oneika the Traveler" is here to dispel that myth.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
Oneika Raymond has been to more than 100 countries around the world. She is the host of "One Bag, You're Out" and "Big City, Little Budget" on the Travel Channel. Oneika describes herself as "a fierce advocate for women who travel." The Woman Post describes the expert's best travel tricks for solo female travelers.
Be prepared and stay discreet
According to Oneika, much of the fear and insecurity that comes from traveling alone is not having an idea of what you are doing and where you are going. Plan at least the first 48 to 72 hours of your trip. You need to know which areas of the city are the best to stay and which means of transport are the safest.
This seasoned traveler recommends always trying to land before dark. Another safety tip is to stay under the radar by avoiding attitudes that generate undue attention and thus have annoying experiences when traveling alone.
“When I travel to certain countries, I make sure to cover my shoulders, arms and head if necessary, and I do it essentially not only to be respectful of the culture but also to avoid any extra attention with my wardrobe or to deflect potential harassment. " She comments.
Be vigilant, especially when partying
The success of solo travel as a woman often depends on common sense. Keep your wits about yourself and don't become a target. Leave the jewelry at home, don't show your cash on the street, only carry a minimal amount of money with you, and don't trust strangers.
If you go out to sample the local nightlife it might be great, but Oneika reminds you to limit your alcohol consumption. The reason is that alcohol can alter your senses and make you vulnerable to whatever situation they are looking to take advantage of you.
Don't compromise your security to save money
Traveling alone does not mean that you have to be alone all the time. Making new friends with women in the same situation would make you feel comfortable. Also, keep your friends and family informed about your whereabouts.
Your life is valuable, so be sure to invest in yourself. Buy travel insurance even if you are sure you will never need it or take the twenty dollar taxi back to your hotel even if you are convinced that walking back in the dark is fine.
Traveling alone can be a bit overwhelming. There are many unknowns, and with no one there to help you, you are stuck relying on yourself to manage and handle everything. It's normal to be nervous and scared, so starting small can build that confidence to become a great solo traveler. It would be very helpful and useful to strengthen yourself emotionally, physically and mentally to conquer everything you want to achieve and achieve.