I’ve previously posted about why you should travel solo, at least once in your life, and also provided some tips in another post for traveling alone. This time I decided to post about Women Traveling Solo realities by asking some ladies who often travel alone regarding the realities they face and combined this great collaboration post.
There’s a variety of advantages and disadvantages for female travelers who travel solo. I’ve read a lot of stories which have raised a lot of interest to the related subject, like the one of Alyssa Ramos who posted about ‘How Traveling Solo Destroyed My Dating Life’ which has changed here life. Sadly travelling alone might also end up in a bad way, like the recent story of Maria Coni and Marina Menegazzo, the two girls, who although weren’t travelling alone they had a sad ending.
It’s always good to make a small research before travelling alone somewhere. There are a lot of places which are not consideres as a safe place for a woman to travel on her own. As TravellerAU reports, India, Brazil, Turkey, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Kenya are some of the countries considered dangerous for women travellers.
I’ve gone through situations where I had to deal with aggressive men who came up to asking me where I’m from and why I’m alone but I’ve managed to take care of this without getting in to trouble. Just by being nice and eventually walked away by ignoring them. Also walking in the Brussels tourist area I once had someone shouting at me and following me but I ignored them. He continued to follow me up to the metro station where I eventually got lost in a packed tube station. I was once walking in Palermo and there was a fight with 2 men throwing empty glass beer bottles to each other and shouting. So I turned back and got a different route for my way back to the centre.
I’ve never thought of couchsurfing just because I prefer to avoid surprises. You need to be extra careful if you decide to stay in a stranger’s house so I always prefer hotels, even if I’m going to spend more.
I’ve gathered some nice stories by five great lady travel bloggers. I would encourage you to read the different stories and tips they provide. This post is a collaboration post with some great ladies who often travel alone and have answered some questions regarding the realities they face. I asked them if they feel that they are risking their life when they travel alone, if they’ve ever had to deal with a dangerous incidence, if they became ill and finally to provide some tips to women who travel alone.