Few female travellers experience problems during their gap year travels. Many women travel to countries alone and the majority of the time do not experience any difficulties. However, there are always times where even the most seasoned traveller can find herself in a tricky situation.
Here is some tip top advice for female travelers:
Having people you know with you can make you feel more secure and, as the old saying goes, there is safety in numbers. However, don't let concerns about your safety put you off travelling on your own. Around 70% of our customers head off on their own, and many of them are solo female travelers. As long as you take sensible precautions there's no reason you shouldn't stay safe on your gap year.
Travelling alone is fun but female travellers occasionally find themselves the subject of unwanted attention. If someone starts talking to you and it makes you feel uncomfortable or if you are simply not interested then you can try the following:
It's important to remember that most locals are extremely friendly and welcoming, so please don't think that every time a local attempts to talk to you that they have ulterior motives, because most of the time they don't. Try to keep an open mind, but trust your instincts.
Female travellers should take care to dress appropriately. Avoid making yourself an easy target by not flashing too much flesh. Think about the local culture. Look at how local women dress and then follow their example. Keep your beachwear for the beach and it's probably not a good idea to sunbathe topless. In culturally sensitive areas, cover your shoulders and your legs. Look at our advice on what clothes to take with you on your gap year so you can pack the appropriate clothing.
The best advice for female travellers is to trust your common sense:
Follow this advice for female travellers, and you can relax and enjoy your gap year in style!