How to travel solo
Solo travelling can be intimidating for anyone, but sadly, there are dangers that women are more prone to encounter on such trips. Don’t let fear put you off, though. We ask Kayle Wong, 25, who has been solo tripping since she was 19, to share some tips.
Know your way around (or just act like you do)
“The more I look like a tourist, the more people try to take advantage of me. Even if I’m on my phone, I avoid using Google Maps while I’m walking around.” If you really need to check where you are, duck into a shop before opening the app.
Make friends with benefits
“Befriending other female solo travellers is so helpful. They’ll be able to tell you nuances about the city that people travelling in groups might have overlooked or that male travellers wouldn’t even have considered.”
Keep your cash in unexpected places
“I’ve trawled the internet for safety tips and the one I’ve found the most useful is rolling cash into the plastic shell of a tampon and putting it in your pocket. Trust me—the chances of someone stealing a tampon from you are pretty low.”
Remember the emergency numbers
“Get familiar with the local emergency hotlines, as they differ from country to country. Ask your concierge to write down your hotel’s address in the country’s native language and bring it with you when you head out.”