8 comments on “The Gutsy Woman’s Guide to Solo Travel

  1. Deborah Smith

    There are places I’ve thought of going but I’m always intimidated about having to “do” everything for myself. Am I really getting the best rates? What is something goes wrong? Am I going to take everything I need? Pack too little/too much? How can I be sure I can afford any unexpected eventualities/surprises?

    I don’t fly, unless I have no other options, because I am physically sick for days following. Let’s see, I’m going to a location for 1 week and for the first 2-3 days I walk around feeling awful 24/7 and the 2-3 days upon my return home I get a repeat. Not fun.

    However, my failure to travel by car to the million and one locations that are still available can only be laid at my doorstep. I guess I need to ask myself, “Why haven’t I really done this before?”

    After reading the above and the link to “Solo Friendly – Safe Solo Travel” by Gray Cargill, I think I am going to have to learn to let go of the fear to driving in heavy traffic, of getting lost, (I once drove the wrong way down a one-way street), of the car breaking down, and maybe start small and start going to new places and seeing and doing things I’ve always thought I’d like to do. Maybe now is the time.

    Thanks for including this article to the website. Who knows? Maybe I will get the courage to get on that plane one day and take a two-week trip to another country where I will see and experience, wonders for myself.

    • Hi Deborah

      Glad you enjoyed the article.

      That is a shame to hear that you get sick from flying. It doesn’t sound very pleasant at all.

      I was a terrible traveler when I was young, I couldn’t be in a moving anything really for more than a half hour withing throwing up. My poor parents. Thankfully I grew out of that phase. My Mum laughs at the flying I do now.

      I think you are definitely onto something with the start small idea. Starting small would give you some experience answering those questions you mentioned, like packing, surprises, dealing with different things by yourself. The first time is always the hardest but over time it gets easier. Once you move through the fear, you will feel energized to see and do more.

      Just a suggestion if you are worried about driving, is there other good forms of transport you could use like a nice high speed train or even the bus (though they tend to be slow due to getting caught up in traffic) that you can use? You could always hire a car at the other end.

      Good luck on your travel adventures!

  2. All excellent tips and I can’t think of anything to add at the moment – apart from just watch out when staying in backpacker hostels (if travelling alone). I once – years ago – stayed in a hostel where guys and girls were in the same rooms. It was totally fine until I went to bed and one of the guys tried to spend the whole night watching me sleep, and then tried to stalk me the next day. There’s also the security aspect (I always slept with my money, valuable under my pillow or right next to me on the mattress if they didn’t have lockable lockers/cupboards.

    Oh then there’s ‘pack wisely’. Most places in the world have everything you may need. And no, you don’t have to take all of those shoes! You will just end up having to carry it around (and hell, you can BUY shoes!).

    • Hi Janine

      I agree with you on the co-op dorms. Other than the safety aspect, I once spent a night in Cesky Krumlov with a room full of snoring men. Not the best night sleep I have ever had, though I have to say it was rather amusing, it was like a snoring symphony. I remember laughing my head off at one point.

      The guy watching you sleep then following you is indeed creepy.

      Security wise I slept with my money belt inside my sleep sheet (which is like a silk sleeping bag) so no one could steal anything. I do the under the pillow one as well sometimes.

      So true about the pack wisely! You really learn to pack light when you are using a backpack, having to carry everything on your back really helps you define how much you need something. I learnt the hard way by hurting my back in Madrid with a backpack that was too heavy. Now I am a super light packer. I get a lot of ‘Is that all you bought with you?’ comments.

      So glad you enjoyed the tips and thank you for sharing your experience.

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