One Woman’s Guide to Traveling Alone
If you are a “bucket list” person the chances are you will have TRAVEL some where near the top of your list. But, if you are a women with no suitable partner you may think traveling alone rules out a lot of your options. A friend of mine is for ever departing to destinations around the world as a sightseer, sailor, explorer and volunteer. The idea that women traveling alone is a disaster waiting to happen is not something she would give air time to. In between jaunts I managed to get her to share some of her experiences. It’s short and to the point but considering her schedule I count myself lucky to get what I have!
Questionnaire for Women Traveling Alone
Q. How often have you taken a break or holiday as a solo traveler?
A. Every few months
Q. Would you prefer to go with friends or family? Why?
A. Friends. Families are too much like hard work!
Q. Do you plan your holidays of do you prefer to “go with the flow” Why? Please give examples if you can.
A. I plan my own holidays and I like to have several months away if I’m going long distances
Q. Which places have you been to which are your favourites. Why?
A Too many to mention. All continents except Antarctica which hopefully I’ll get there in the next year or two
Q. Which would you prefer not to repeat and why?
A. Places I’ve been to before. They are always a disappointment with progress and more tourists
Q. Name some car/RV’ng travel tips an Solo Traveler should know
A. Join the internet and other groups to make connections along the way. There is safety with numbers (In Australia traveling in a motor home is very popular. Many single seniors take to the road every year. Read how Helen does it as part of her retirement lifestyle tips!)
Q. How do you usually travel. What do you like best about this form of travel. Why?
A. Local buses in foreign countries as you get the feel of the locals better.
Q. What things don’t you like with this form of travel.
A. Waiting around and the difficulty in understanding timetables and language. It also takes a lot longer to travel around as you need time to find out where and when the buses go.
Q. Do you take special precautions when traveling as a solo? What are they?
A. I am extra particularly careful at night. I usually eat before dark then go back to my room early
Q. Have you ever had any bad experiences as an Solo Traveler? What were they? How did they come about? Could you have avoided it?
A. I have been warned to put my phone out of site as someone will try and snatch it. I have had heaps of trouble with men if I was too trusting.
Q. What are the best and worst things about being an Solo Traveler?
A.The best thing is you can do what you want, when you want and you meet people easier.
The worse thing is that there is no-one to share your adventures with
Q. Share a funny travel story you have experienced
A. Forgetting where your hotel room is can be funny or not so funny.
Q. Share a “Not” funny travel experience.
A. Nearly getting drugged, gang raped, then sold in the white slave market!!
Q. Do you plan any Solo Travels in the future? Where to and why.
A. Antarctica because I haven’t been there before
Q. What are your expectations as you travel. Are they different to when you traveled with others?
A. Having no expectations about anything is a good way to travel. This is the same with or without others
Q. Name some of the most important things a Solo Traveler’s should remember
A. BE CAREFUL AND AWARE AT ALL TIMES
Q. Name some things about traveling alone you may not experience when traveling with others
A. Strangers coming up and talking to you
Q. Name some hotel tips an Solo Traveler should know
A. Make sure you can get WIFI and don’t leave your passport in their safe and jump on a bus out of town!
This page is all yours! Please write an anecdote about solo travel that is amusing, sad, rude, romantic, scary, stupid, motivational or inspiring!
I guess going to Bolivia to volunteer at a monkey refuge was a silly move as it had been 10 years since I’d been there and I assumed it was unchanged. Unfortunately it had changed for the worse. I had cockroaches running up my legs, no water in the toilets or showers after a long day working with very smelly animals. The accommodations were filthy for the volunteers and similar shocking conditions for the animals. Following my own advice to make connections with others and doing my research would have a better option. Needless to say I left after a few days for my next destination…..the Galapagos Islands (but that’s another story!)
For more inspiration take a look at “Backpacker Granny” She is a senior nomad with attitude!