Our Singapore Travel Blog has always been a huge advocate about traveling solo. Traveling on your own can be the most exhilarating experience ever. When you travel with friends or family, you tend to stick with each other and rarely mix with others for longer than a few minutes, or hours at most.
When you are alone, you will definitely meet and mix with others. You will probably make some great friends and your plans to go the museum will be substituted for a visit to that awesome waterfall that your new pal wants to bungee over.
If it’s your first time out alone, you will have some insecurities. Fear is a good thing and works to boost your awareness but it should not control your life. Common sense is the key to the solo experience and you should never jump in head first. Research where you are going, what the culture is like, which areas to avoid and read reviews of hostels, or hotels that you may stay at and you’ll be just fine.
If you are travelling to a country that speaks a foreign language, learn the basics before you go.
Know how to say hello and ask for help or water, or where to buy a nice cold beer. Remember never to leave your drink unattended, even if it’s with that hunk you met who claims to own half the Island. Finish it before you leave the table to go to the ladies, or forget about it and order a fresh one. This might be a little paranoid, but people do get spiked, be careful.
If you are travelling to a conservative Country, make an effort to dress like the locals. It would be a great idea to hit the local market and buy clothes. If you prefer not to do this, pack some loose shirts and dresses with long sleeves and a few scarves and maxi skirts. Unlike you who live in a Country where you can say and do anything whenever you want, it is imperative that you behave in others people’s homes. Yes, I just said Behave.
Whether you like it or not, the culture is different. Some Countries frown upon women drinking or even smoking in public while in others, it is illegal for a woman to be out and about without a male escort. As a rule of thumb, if you notice people staring at you disapprovingly, you are doing something wrong.
If you are not on a tight budget and can afford to stay in a hotel, great. If you have less disposable income, hostels are usually your best bet for finding a decent place to sleep.
Here you will meet with other travelers and backpackers. People from the same backgrounds tend to look out for each other. Nevertheless, if you can find a locker where you can keep your valuables, please lock them up securely.
When using public transport such as sleeper trains, don’t stay solo. Ask if you can share a compartment with other women. If given a choice, always choose the top bunk. It’s out of the way and no weird people have the opportunity to stare at you while you sleep. You should keep some important items on your person like cash and a copy of your passport just in case your bag gets stolen.
Locals are usually very friendly even in perceived “bad areas”. Enjoy yourself, be aware of your surroundings and be cautious. Not everyone is out to get you. Trust your instincts and act and walk with confidence, if it doesn’t feel right, leave, or leave it.
It isn’t necessary that the world knows you are all by your lonesome. Wear a ring if it’ll make you feel safer and if anyone asks, your husband is back at the hotel; he’s a retired boxer with psychological issues and you just felt like taking a walk.
Like we said in our Travel Blog‘s recent interview with Hype magazine, it is being able to draw a fine line between protecting yourself and understand that most people are very friendly and would render help if you would only ask. We can’t tell you that there’s a sure fire way to tell the good people from the bad, so you really just have to trust your gut and as you travel more, your instincts and ability to tell people get better.
See the rest of our interview and what we had to share from our travels here:
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- 5 things to look out for before booking your hotel
- Philippines Airport Security frames and extorts passengers