Women Travellers - What to Expect and How to Stay Safe
More and more women enjoy the thrill of travelling independently. There's nothing better than a bit of girl time, and what better way to enjoy that time than a holiday abroad.
On occasion, women travellers can sometimes find themselves in sticky situations abroad. In some countries, you could be treated differently to how you are treated at home, and women are often seen as easy targets by thieves. But don't let this put you off travelling. If you are well prepared for every eventuality, then there's no reason why you can't enjoy a hassle-free holiday.
Following a few simple rules can help you avoid unwanted attention or dangerous situations. If there's a group of you, stick together; there's safety in numbers after all.
In your hotel:
- When you check into your accommodation, make sure no one overhears your room number
- Consider staying in smaller establishments where people are less likely to loiter in the lobby
- Lock your hotel room door even when you are inside the room
- Don't leave your hotel window open overnight. If you get hot at night, stay somewhere that provides air conditioning
- Ask your hotel to recommend a reputable taxi service. Taxis hailed off the street might not be taxis at all
Out and about:
- Never hitchhike or accept lifts from strangers
- Wear a wedding ring even if you are not married to avoid unwanted attention
- Wear clothing that respects local customs, such as long sleeves or head scarves. You could be ridiculed for exposing arms and legs
- Women are sometimes seen as easy targets for thieves so stay vigilant in crowded areas
- Avoid wearing jewellery that could attract thieves. Even if it's inexpensive jewellery, it might not look that way to the locals
- Avoid eye contact with local men as this can be seen as disrespectful in some countries
- Appear confident even if you don't feel it, and walk with a purposeful step
- Plan your route but if you do get lost ask families or women with children for help with directions
- If you walk around at night, try to stick to well lit areas
- In local bars and restaurants, keep a close eye on your drink and don't accept drinks from strangers
- If you are attacked, try to run away and shout as loud as you can
Women travellers can have unforgettable experiences abroad. Follow these simple steps and make the most of your adventure.