We all know what it’s like to plan a group trip. Initially, many people are in and ready to travel; as the time to leave gets closer, the group has dwindled or completely disappeared. Don’t let uncommitted people stop you from visiting your favourite places. Solo travelling could be the solution to trip planning drama.

Travelling alone can be daunting. This is particularly true for women who need to think about their safety. Despite these concerns, the number of women travelling alone is on the increase.  According to Solo Traveller  as of 2020, women travelled solo more than men (2020) “47% of travellers with Overseas Adventure Travel are registered as ‘solo’. An astounding 85% of these solo travellers are women.”

Furthermore, “Google searches for ‘solo women travel’ increased by 32% in 2017 and 59% in 2018. The search grew to a jaw-dropping 230% increase in 2019,”  Solo Traveller reported.

If you have been thinking about joining the growing number of solo travellers  here are a few things to keep in mind.

Safety first 

Travelling outside your country is always risky. There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of falling prey to crime while abroad. Travelling to a country with a low crime rate will significantly reduce your chances of falling prey to opportunistic criminals. Some of the safest countries to visit include Japan, Denmark, Iceland, New Zealand, Slovenia and Chile.

Make sure you check your government website for any travel advisories for the destination you are travelling to.

Familiarise yourself with any rules and regulations of the country you are visiting. Ignorance is not an excuse to break the law.

If you are staying alone in a hotel, make sure you invest in additional locking mechanisms such as the Easy Lock which will give you an extra layer of security when you sleep.

Get to know the local emergency number

Even the best laid plans can go awry; it is always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality. Every country has an emergency number, make sure you are able to speak a few words in the local language. Even if it’s just knowing how to ask for help, and explaining that you are not fluent in the language.

Book guided tours

If you are a novice solo traveller, guided tours can be your saving grace. “The first time in a new location leaves many travellers feeling nervous or unsure of where to go and how to act. This is particularly true for vacations abroad if you aren’t fluent in the local language. A guided tour gives you a sense of comfort since the tour guide understands the culture,” says US Today.

Limit your alcohol consumption

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to worry about being taken advantage of by opportunistic people. The reality is that we have to constantly be alert to keep ourselves safe. This is particularly true when travelling alone. Too much alcohol can lower our inhibitions and leave us vulnerable to dangerous situations. Make sure you don’t drink too much during your trip.

Travelling alone can be a daunting experience; however, it can also be a life-changing experience. You have a chance to meet new people, see new places and learn more about yourself as you spend time alone.