6 safety tips for women travelling alone | travel safety tips for women

Are you a woman embarking on a solo trip (or thinking about it) and worried about her safety?  Here are my safety tips for women travelling alone.  

I am a huge proponent of solo female travel.  I am a woman who travels alone frequently, and people always as me my travel safety tips for women who choose to travel by themselves.

Here I am on a solo trip to Oman last summer.


Yup, I went to the MIDDLE EAST as a SOLO FEMALE traveller. And guess what? I have travelled to Africa and South America (so-called hotspots for danger, bad fortune, and general calamity), too.

You can collectively gasp and clutch your pearls now. I won’t be offended if you do.

But in all seriousness, while I travel by myself often, I know a lot of women don’t because they think that solo travel as a female is inherently dangerous. Blame it on our society, which in general is patriarchal and fear-mongering and seems hell-bent on keeping “the fairer sex” scared and at home.

I totally rebuke that line of thinking, by the way.

So I decided to make a video with my travel safety tips for women; after years on the road on my own I think I’m well placed to give solo female travel advice.

Hence, in this new clip, I offer six PRACTICAL safety tips for women travelling alone. You may recognize a few of the tips I offer; years ago I wrote a blog post entitled “9 Tips for Solo Travel if  You’re a Girl”, and it’s still one of the most popular articles on this website.

But as they say, video is the future, so I decided to repackage and refine what I was saying in the last post so that it could fit a video format.

So give it a watch and let me know what you think of my travel safety tips for women. Check it out and make sure you subscribe to my Youtube channel for more videos about travel.


Ladies, which travel safety tips for women would you add? Where have you travelled on your own? And if you’ve never taken the plunge, what’s stopping you from embarking on solo female travel?


  • Sarah says:

    Great video! I like travelling solo, although so far it’s mainly been in Europe for me. Definitely agree about giving your itinerary to someone – I went to Japan for a month earlier this year, and was there during the earthquake. Because I’d emailed all my plans to my mum, she knew I was nowhere near that area and that she didn’t have to worry.

  • Jacqueline Turner says:

    Informative video. I’ve been a solo traveler for 20 years – domestically and internationally. Solo travel is very freeing; on my own agenda and no compromising. It’s imperative to exercise common sense.

    This year, I’ve traveled to London, Montreal and Mexico City.

  • Sarah says:

    Your videos are terrific, Oneika. I’m happy to report that I’m heading off on a four-month solo jaunt of Eastern Europe this month. Hmmm gonna check if you have some winter travel tips in your archives…

  • Liba Land says:

    As an EMT living in the middle east :), I would say that it is always great to learn first aid and safety(goes for guys too!) from the Red Cross, Magen David Adom, Red Crescent, whatever!
    That being said, just wrote a post about how sometimes it is fun to go somewhere without checking the geo-tag first. There is such a thing as over-prep!

  • James Graham says:

    Safety first before anything else and your videos are awesome. Nice post and very informative. Always continue that.
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  • Deborah Carter says:

    Brilliant travel tips! There are more and more of us women solo travellers out there and there should be more and I say that there should be more info about how to go about it as well. Thanks for sharing!
    May I add a couple more tips?
    -If you are somewhere where it seems that no one around you understands English, look for someone 20-ish or younger, there’s a very good likelihood that they’ve been on the internet, and have some knowledge of our language.
    – Pack a doorstop. Whether I’m in a local boarding house or a 5-star hotel, I use it EVERYWHERE to keep out anyone who I don’t want entering into my room without permission. (Get it at a hardware store.)
    -Make eye-and-smile contact with any women in your surroundings. In the event that things suddenly get “strange” there’s a good chance that they will be your allies.

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