1. Plan your destination wisely.
Deciding which place you will visit on your next trip may seem like the simplest (and fun, of course) the whole process. However, it is not so. It is good to research well before you set your roadmap to avoid hassles later. Look for information on the places that interest you most, and search for means of transportation, such as receptivity to tourists, security issues, language and local currency (in the case of international destinations), etc. It is also important to research the time of greatest movement.
2. Research local customs and culture.
Some countries are not very friendly with women traveling alone. Therefore, you need to research well the cultural issues of the destination you choose. In some places there are strict rules of clothing for women, for example. No matter how annoying it is, depending on the destination you choose to visit you also have to meet these standards. After all, traveling means respecting and dealing with the culture of the other. In this way, you preserve yourself and avoid giving way to bigger problems.
3. Stay tuned for details when choosing accommodation.
If you choose hotel or hostel, look for one that is well located (since you will be alone), near a subway station or a shopping area with pharmacy, restaurant and etc. But do not be hostage to the official website: search the internet for the opinions of others who have already stayed on site (the TripAdvisor and Hostelz websites help a lot at those times). If you decide to use Airbnb or CouchSurfing (ie staying in a place’s home), be careful twice when choosing and just choose places that have many positive comments on the sites.
4. Dribble the highest prices.
Because we do not have anyone to share expenses with, we know that sometimes a trip alone can end up costing more than expected. To avoid higher prices, use anonymous windows when searching for airfare prices, and book flights and hotels online. Otherwise, only the highest rates will be shown to you, as sites track your visits and increase the price when they know you’ve accessed them before. All because the system understands (based on your old access) that you intend to buy the ticket soon and so will not care so much about the value.
5. Have your documents always at hand.
Needless to say, this tip is important, right? However, it is even more important that you make copies or even take pictures of important documents such as RG and passport and keep them in easy-to-access places (it may be in your DropBox, for example). If you miss the originals or another emergency happens, you will not be totally in trouble.
6. Be practical when packing and avoid embarrassment.
“I’m only going to take these ten more pants, after all, what do you need, right?” We know that this part is difficult, but try not to fall for it and be economical when it comes to packing. Then you will thank you for not having to carry a huge, heavy and uncomfortable bag around. Remember that you will be alone and will not have a friend to help you carry her at the time of the squeeze.
7. Maps are your best friends.
Being in an unfamiliar place it is good not to risk and be prepared for all sorts of situations, one of which ends up being lost. Besides the traditional maps that are distributed in hotels and subway stations (or sold in souvenir shops), also count with the digital version. But we know that at the time of the squeeze you can not count on Wifi, so download maps offline or type “OK Maps” in Google Maps and the visible area will be saved for you to access when necessary (extra tip: Checking the cell phone map, instead of paper, is also a safe way to avoid looking like a tourist on the street).
8. Caring does not mean being afraid all the time.
You should be aware of certain safety issues when traveling alone: do not tell strangers where you are staying, avoid walking around empty and poorly lit streets (also avoid empty coaches on trains, for example), tell your family of your whereabouts and etc.
But being careful does not mean spending the whole trip in fear. Society still reinforces the stereotype that women are and should feel fragile and dependent, and it is not so. Traveling alone is not a seven-headed creature. You can and should enjoy your trip without fear, setting the script that pleases you. If you do not like the ballad, go to the theater or enjoy the day and reserve the night to rest. If you love to enjoy the nightlife, search for the coolest places and avoid abusing the drink, after all, you’ll be alone in the ballad. By taking the proper precautions, you do not have to deprive yourself of anything you want to do.
9. Some applications can be very useful.
In addition to Google Maps, other apps may be useful during your trip. The sites we mentioned earlier, such as Airbnb, CouchSurfing and TripAdvisor; Also have an app version, which you can download and use when you need to book a last minute room (another option is HotelTonight) or search for places to see and get advice. You can also use the Google Translate app at times when the language makes things difficult, in addition to Uber to hitchhike, XE Converter to convert any currency and even Tinder, if you want to know a place.
10. Do not put all your money in the same place.
The famous “money belt” may not be very beautiful or totally enjoyable to wear, but it is necessary. However, do not walk all your money inside it. Leave some in the wallet, some in the hotel safe and if possible also have a credit or debit card with you.
11. Preserve the battery of your phone.
During the trip, you will probably spend all day out. That is, the chances of being able to charge the cell phone are small. So leave it in airplane mode for the battery to last longer and you do not run out of it when you need it most. This way you also save and do not waste your data plan, besides disconnecting some of the social networks and enjoy the adventure more. Leave to post your selfies when you return from travel, okay?
12. Always be open to new experiences and meet totally different people and places.