Traveling Alone as a Woman

Solo Traveling: Why This Should Be On Your Bucket List

Why you should put solo traveling in your bucket list | Image taken by Holly Mandarich, from Unsplash
Why you should put solo traveling on your bucket list | Image taken by Holly Mandarich, from Unsplash

Traveling is one of the best ways to unwind and relax this summer. Now that travel restrictions are completely lifted, more and more people are going to top tourist destinations in the Philippines. Exploring different places should be one of your goals. After all, experiencing different cultures and places is essential to life.

Most of the time, people travel with a group or their special someone. Travel packages nowadays usually offer lower prices if you travel with others. People need to realize that there are benefits to traveling alone as well. Traveling alone does not mean you are lonely, nor does it have to be. 

While solo backpacking can be an enriching experience, it’s understandable that it might feel outside your comfort zone for some. The fear of getting lost or encountering unforeseen situations can be daunting.

However, for those willing to take the leap, the benefits of solo travel, particularly when traveling alone as a woman, can be genuinely transformative.

This article will explore the advantages of embarking on this adventure and equip you with valuable tips to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey, fostering self-confidence and a deeper connection with yourself and the world around you.

Benefits of Solo Backpacking 

Solo Traveling Allows You to Know Yourself 

Your first solo trip will be unforgettable, filled with choices to make, challenges to overcome, and experiences that will shape you like no other. Your travel itinerary is yours to write alone, with destinations, accommodations, and activities all waiting to be chosen by you.

No one will tell you what is right or wrong during this journey. And, of course, you will have to overcome fears as there are destinations only daredevils would love or less traveled places.

These experiences will help you know yourself better. It will tell you about your decision-making skills, social skills, and sometimes survival instincts.

And most importantly, traveling alone allows you to be spontaneous and follow your heart. Traveling alone is like being a kid who wants to see the world. Now, it is a possibility. 

Meeting New People 

Find new friends along the way | Image taken by Helena Lopes, from Unsplash

Of course, there is a huge possibility for you to meet new people when traveling, especially when you’re all alone. You do not know the type of people you will meet at your next travel destination. They could be your next friend, business partner, colleague, or special someone. 

The best part of traveling alone is that you are forced to talk to strangers because no one will do it for you. You will also be exposed to different cultures once you travel alone.

In a sense, you will better understand how people live and get ideas from them. The locals you will meet can also point you to the best destinations and restaurants in the area. 

There is Less Planning for Lone Travelers

You must consider the people you’re traveling with if you travel with a group. You cannot go to a specific place alone because you might mess up the group’s itinerary and have them waiting for you. And if you’re with your family, they might worry because you are traveling alone in a strange place. 

Even before traveling, you need to plan where you and your companions are going and when you should be at your hotel. When you travel alone, you don’t need to have an itinerary for your travel. You can go wherever you want and just be spontaneous. When traveling alone, you call the shots without any worries.

Traveling Alone is More Cost-Efficient 

You don’t have to be smart before figuring out that a solo trip costs less than traveling with friends and family. Traveling alone means fewer flight tickets, fewer meals, and less accommodation. These needs alone can cost a lot when traveling with groups of people. Traveling alone gives solo travelers the privilege of spending for only one person: you.

So, what can you do with all your extra money? You can spend it all on yourself. You can book one five-star hotel room instead of considering the hotel’s number of beds. You can have a full-course meal instead of thinking about how you and your companions can eat together. You can go to local events without anyone worrying. You can have wi-fi access alone. Traveling alone is one of the best ways not to feel guilty or selfish.

You Will Love Yourself More 

Find your inner peace

Getting the chance to spend a few days with yourself can make you love yourself more. You will realize that you should appreciate yourself more and not need anyone to be happy. You will also be prouder of yourself because traveling will make you know you can live independently. 

If you are heartbroken or at a loss, traveling alone is one of the best opportunities to know another local language, find yourself, and search for a soul. You cannot have this luxury when traveling with other people because you are usually on a constant schedule. 

Tips for Solo Female Travel

Solo travel for women offers a unique opportunity for self-discovery and adventure. While capturing memories for loved ones through photos and videos is always enjoyable, the true essence lies in embracing new experiences. Stepping outside your comfort zone can be incredibly rewarding, and solo travel provides the perfect platform.

Imagine immersing yourself in a new city by joining a solo women walking tour. This allows you to connect with other like-minded travelers while exploring hidden gems and learning about the local culture.

Afterward, delve deeper into the city’s culinary scene by participating in a cooking class. Not only will you learn new culinary skills, but you’ll also gain insights into local traditions and flavors, all while fostering connections with other women travelers.

However, if you are planning to travel alone, there are essential tips that would ensure your safety.

Solo female travelers should know nearby hospitals, police stations, and other facilities. You should save their numbers in case of an emergency. Learning a little about the languages spoken in the area can also be a lifesaver. 

Your valuables are important, and you only need to bring the things you need. Put your phone, cash, credit cards, and IDs in a separate bag within your line of sight. Don’t forget to store extra money in safe places. 

Another tip that a solo traveler should know is never to trust anyone. Reckless behaviors can get you in a lot of trouble when traveling alone. If someone asks if you are traveling alone, lie. Tell them you are with your friends or going to a relative’s house. 

When drinking in a bar, it is better to drink responsibly and keep your drinks within sight. And yes, you should meet people at your destination, but you should never travel anywhere alone with a stranger.

How To Enjoy Traveling Alone 

As long as you follow the tips above, the rest of your solo travel is yours to enjoy. The best way to enjoy traveling alone is by being fearless to have new experiences.

Once you reach your destination, you should take photos and videos for your friends and family to see. 

Traveling alone is fun, but let’s not demonize traveling with others. Each has its benefits, and if you want to know yourself more, you should pack your bags and have the adventure of a lifetime as you travel solo.

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