1. Choose your destination with care
Where to start
Research transport options
How am I going to get around safely? (Research the best and safest transport options and download any useful apps, look at reviews) How safe are the roads? And do I need an off-road car to navigate them safely? Is rail travel safe as a solo female traveller? Are private taxis and minibus-style taxis safe to use as a solo female traveller?
Look into health concerns
2. Consider using a travel agent
3. Download a safety app or two
Depending on your destination, a well-chosen app can be a game changer in terms of safety.
A news alert app
A location-sharing app
A tracking app is a really great idea when travelling alone.
A panic button app
A VPN app
A VPN ensures you can engage in sensitive activities like online banking with peace of mind.
4. Ensure your bank knows where you're going
5. Think about your phone
6. Take out comprehensive travel insurance
Give someone a copy
7. Connect with other travellers
Go online, of course
Volunteer or take a class
Join a volunteering project or visit an NGO. Take a class like beach yoga, cooking, weaving or pottery. Join a day tour or a group activity like a tea ceremony.
Stay in a hostel
Once connected with other travellers, you can do certain things together, which will enhance your safety.
8. Connect with locals
Choose your accommodation thoughtfully
Look for helpful apps
Use your social media networks
9. Consider joining a tour group
Accompanied by a guide (preferably a local) who knows the do's and don'ts of the area and whose primary job is to keep you safe. Travelling in a group, and of course we all know that there's safety in numbers!
Some trips really require a tour guide
Hand over all of the logistics to the tour operator. Split the cost of the vehicle and safari guide between the group. Let the tour guide take on the responsibility of keeping you safe.
A tour guide's number one job is to keep you safe. Ideally he or she should be a local who really knows the landscape and its people.
We think tour guides are a great idea not just for female solo travellers, but for all travellers (even those travelling with others), when going on an adventure holiday.
10. Pack lightly, but include these items
Too much luggage is distracting and it also prevents you getting around quickly and easily.
Pepper spray Money belt Travel safety box Personal safety alarm Smartwatch, if you have Medical alert bracelet, if relevant International adapter Power bank Selfie stick Appropriate clothing First aid kit A dumbphone (as backup)
Money belt (or neck wallet)
Travel safety box
There's a big variety of portable safety boxes to choose from, so browse around for one that will suit your purposes.
Personal safety alarm
A fake 'excuse to leave' phone call. A tracking app that shares your location with emergency contacts. Access to a live support rep.
Smartwatch, if you have
Medical alert bracelet, if relevant
First aid kit
Take extras of any chronic medications you're using in case your return home is delayed for any reason.
A backup dumbphone
11. Follow these practical do's and don'ts
Don't be shy to ask certain questions
Do be a little suspicious