Traveling alone as a female can be daunting at times. Especially if you want to go off the beaten path and discover hidden gems that only locals tend to know about.
Valerie Joy Wilson of @TrustedTravelGirl has made a career out of traveling alone. She is considered a solo travel expert, photographer and travel host. Find out more in the exclusive interview below – and be sure to travel safely alone and in a group!
You are the founder of Trusted Travel Girl, and consider a solo travel expert. Are there any places you have visited as a solo traveller, especially as a female, that you consider unsafe?
What advice can you give to solo travellers, especially females?
- Stop waiting for others. This is more geared towards want-to-be solo travelers, but I can’t tell you how many incredible trips I missed out on before I started solo traveling. Just do it, it will be the best decision you ever make.
- The scariest part of the trip is booking the ticket, so if you want to go, just do it. It’s never as scary once you arrive as it is to hit the “confirm” button on the reservation.
- The most important solo travel tip is to never look lost and to always act confident. If you exude confidence, it’s less likely someone will bother you. For example, I never look at an actual map unless I am in a hotel or bathroom, to prevent looking lost. Instead, I love the app Maps.me because it’s free and they work offline, and I can just look like I’m texting and not lost.
- Never tell anyone you are traveling alone.
- Utilize large social media communities on Facebook to get information or meet friends—there are a lot of female groups, but I started one that welcomes the guys too Globetrotters & Travel Friends—these groups can connect travelers and lend a hand to those in need of assistance while abroad. I recently had my appendix out in Switzerland and girls I had never met from a Facebook community came to visit me at the hospital and brought me goodies. With social media you never have to be alone… just be cautious how you use it!
- If you exude confidence, it’s less likely someone will bother you.