If you ask any woman who has travelled the world about her experience and she’ll tell you about the usual gauntlet of negativity that generally accompanies any declaration of women travelling independently. ‘It’s not safe’, ‘it’s too dangerous’, ‘women shouldn’t travel alone’.
If there is one thing I want all female travellers to get from reading this is that being a woman is in no way a barrier to travelling the world, that and you should never believe the hype that travelling anywhere as a woman, especially solo, will be dangerous, risky or scary. It isn’t.
Don’t listen to the fear.
Okay, I understand the thought of taking on a huge adventure like round the world travel – especially if you are doing it solo – can be a little daunting, but that can be a good thing! Taking on that challenge and backpacking around the world as a solo female traveller will be one of the single most liberating, empowering and enjoyable things you can ever do for yourself.
Do things go wrong? Of course. Are there risks out there? Yes. To think otherwise would be foolish, but all you need to do to prepare and reduce any personal risk to yourself is the right knowledge, reasonable basic precautions and preparations and a good, solid dose of common sense.
For specific expert tips on how to keep yourself safe on your own adventures around the world, head to my solo female backpacker safety tips page.
For now, I just want to reassure you that you CAN travel the world and you CAN do it safely.
Don’t listen to the scaremongering.
The biggest problem women face before they travel is the ridiculous amounts of scaremongering they get from the media, the people around them, and even other women!
It’s too dangerous, especially for women! Women have more to fear, more to deal with. Women can’t travel, especially alone, it’s too dangerous!
For crying out loud!
There are thousands of women who go backpacking alone every single year, setting off into the unknown with just their backpack and guidebook in hand, and the absolute vast majority of them have a great time with little or no hassle and return home completely safely. I have met countless women on the road, some of them who are now very good friends of mine, and they all say the same thing, that common sense, a bit of knowledge and reasonable and sensible precautions are all it takes to keep them safe.
Despite this, travel safety is perhaps one of the most common concerns by women before they set off, and travel forums, blogs and websites are constantly bombarded with women looking for advice and reassurance. There isn’t anything at all wrong with that, there is never anything wrong with giving advice and reassurance (that is partly what I am doing here after all), but on the whole the level of worry is unnecessary.
Sensible precaution is a good thing, out and out paranoia is not.
Are there risks out there? Of course. Can they be reduced, avoided or dealt with? Absolutely!
So how exactly do you prepare for any risk that is out there and reduce it to acceptable levels?
Mostly it is down to preparation and common sense.
I have written many articles detailing the different levels of travel safety precautions you can take across this site, and your first stop should be to do your research and understand the risks and scams that are potentially out there.
Knowing and understanding the destinations you are heading to specifically and adjusting your risk management strategy based on good, solid and reliable advice as opposed to fear mongering and rumour is essential too.
Then of course there are the basic common sense safety precautions anyone can and should take anywhere. In general these are the exact same for both genders, men and women alike, but there are a few gender specific differences and safety tips just for women.
After that you should develop your own risk management strategy based on your own confidence, knowledge, skill and ability. Listen to and learn from the experts and incorporate expert strategies such as deescalation techniques and developing your own situational awareness, maybe learn how to defend yourself if necessary. All of these are high level safety tips and techniques, but can easily be learned and by doing these simple things you will reduce any risk and increase your chances of staying safe tenfold.
I really hope these simple tips and encouragement have eased your fears a little and given you the confidence to go backpacking. With reasonable common sense precautions it will be one of the best times of your life and you will not regret it if you do!
Gap Year Safety.
If you want to gain a more in depth knowledge and understanding about how to reduce the risks of travelling and keep yourself safe on the road then you need this book.
Gap Year Safety is the essential, comprehensive safety resource for anyone about to embark on their first gap year. Delving much deeper into issues such as how to stay safe and not become a victim, how to recognise, avoid and deescalate potentially violent situations and what to do and where to get help if things do go wrong, Gap Year Safety is an invaluable resource to keep yourself safe on your travels.
It is here to answer all your practical safety and security questions, relieve you of your fears and worries of what may happen and provide you with the tools, knowledge and information you will need to make sure you stay safe on your trip. With the information and knowledge contained in this book, many dangers and troubles can be avoided altogether, or at least dealt with safely if they do occur.
With comprehensive advice from ex military personnel, self defence experts as well as qualified health care professionals and utilising the unique REACTE system of personal safety, this book is an absolute must read for anyone about to set off on their gap year or round the world adventure.
Gap Year Safety: The ultimate guide to safely travelling the world is available in traditional paperback, or in eBook format across all platforms including Kindle, Apple and many more.
Solo Female Backpacker Guide To Safely Travelling The World.
Travelling the world independently as a solo female backpacker is one of the most amazing, rewarding and empowering things you can do for yourself, but as a woman there are practical and safety concerns that you have to deal with.
Solo Female Backpacker deals with all these issues and more specifically from a woman’s perspective. With essential safety tips and advice from ex military personnel and self defence experts as well as inspirational stories from women who have travelled independently around the world, there is no reason why you can’t or shouldn’t set off on your own independent round the world trip.
So if you are dreaming of setting off on your very own gap year but you are a little nervous about travelling solo or as a woman, you need to buy this eBook! Full of practical advice for you to ensure your backpacking trip is as safe as possible, Solo Female Backpacker will also give you the inspiration and the push you need to travel the world on your own terms.
The Solo Female Backpacker guide to safely travelling the world eBook is available as an instant download to your Kindle device.