Published on January 21st, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL TIPS TO LIVE BY
More and more women are travelling on their own, which is awesome. It’s what Beyonce would want. But as much as we hate to admit it, there are still certain things you should keep in mind if you’re a solo female globetrotter. Many female travellers are unfortunate enough to face unwanted attention or even sexual harassment while on their journeys. The type and severity can vary between locations, cultures, and religions. Thankfully, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the frequency at which it occurs. We’ve outlined essential pointers that you can use wherever you are, because we’re good people.
Follow in the footsteps of local women
Do the locals cover their arms? Do they only wear skirts? Often the best guide to appropriate clothing is what the local women are wearing. When in doubt, stick with long, loose clothing. It can be useful to bring a sarong on your trip. They can be slipped over shorts or a tank top when you’re feeling uncomfortable, but they’re easily removed when you’re back in your room.
Keep your eyes to yourself
Avoid direct eye contact with men that you pass on the street. In your home country, smiling at a stranger is probably seen as friendly, however, body language means a lot in cultures where men and women are kept separate until marriage. Your glances may mean a lot more then you intend them to as locals might construe them as flirtatious.
In many countries there are different areas for women to sit. One example is the underground metro system in Cairo. There are separate carriages available only to women. Choosing one of these carriages can make a voyage much more comfortable. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to communicate with female locals, who can sometimes be difficult to connect with in normal situations. Girl power.
Wear a fake ring
Women are often advised to wear a fake wedding ring. Although this isn’t necessary, do it if it makes you feel more comfortable. At the same time, do not chose a flashy looking ring, as you do not want to open yourself up as a target for muggers. Follow the same rule of thumb for watches, handbags, and camera cases.
In some cases, no amount of effort can eliminate the attention brought upon female travelers. As long as you don’t feel unsafe from the attention that you are garnering, in some cases it is best to just ignore the comments. If you ever feel like you are in actual danger, go straight to the police. If that’s not possible, scream, yell, or do what ever you need to do to attract attention. A personal alarm can make you feel more safe. My personal favorite is the Dusk Scream Alarm.
Do you have any other tips for females going it alone? Let us know in the comments below.