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I’m not saying that nothing bad has ever happened to a woman while traveling, but it’s a fact that bad things happen far more often to women when they’re at home. Making travel a “scary” thing for women is unfair, but unfortunately it’s something that the media latches on to and convinces us is true. Talk to just about any solo female traveler, though, and they will tell you that travel in and of itself is NOT dangerous just because of a person’s gender.

• Take advantage of the safe in your hotel room or locker in your hostel – there’s no need to take ALL your cash or credit cards or passports out with you. (And yes, that does mean that my passport is NEVER on me when I’m out and about, unless I know I’ll need it for some reason.) Only take what you know you’ll need – and as much as you’re willing to potentially lose. You can also check out this portable safe, which is great to use when you have larger items that won’t fit in a standard hotel safe (or when you HAVE no hotel safe).

But there ARE plenty of tour companies and hotels that DON’T charge extra if you’re traveling solo. gas prices in michigan Some hotels/hostels will offer single rooms for solo travelers. Companies like Intrepid Travel and G Adventures will just pair you up with another solo traveler on the trip instead of making you pay more money (though they DO also offer a single supplement if you really want your own room). Even some cruise lines have done away with single supplement fees to try to woo solo travelers.

BUT, if you’re not an experienced traveler (or if your circle is just full of really really anxious people and/or people who haven’t traveled much themselves), you might run into some resistance. c gastronomie limonest For example, when I told my graduate school friends that I was going to travel around Eastern Europe for 2 months, they all assured me I was going to die. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t.)

• Agree on a communication plan. When I first started traveling, I would email my mom at least every 2 days to check in and let her know I was okay. Now, she follows my Facebook page and blog in order to keep up with me. I’ll email her when I think I might be without Internet connection for a while (just so she doesn’t freak out), and I can text her since I have an international data plan.

• Invite them to go with you. You don’t need to invite your nervous dad or bestie to join you on your round-the-world trip, but you can always try a long weekend or shorter holiday. Letting a worried parent or friend see you “in action” (i.e. able to take care of yourself) can help put a mind at ease. And maybe you can even prove to them that traveling isn’t nearly as scary as it’s made out to be in movies and on TV!

Speaking of doing your homework, people often ask me how I pick a place to stay when going to a new place. quadcopter gas motor And the answer is… I’m actually TERRIBLE at this part. In fact, booking accommodation is the part of travel planning that I hate THE MOST. There are so many options out there that it’s overwhelming, and I frequently waste entire evenings just reading hotel reviews on booking.com.

Recently, I’ve been booking Airbnb rooms or apartments more often than hotels. Why? Because it’s often cheaper and you get a lot more bang for your buck. gas quality comparison Instead of just your standard hotel room, you also usually get access to a kitchen and sometimes an entire apartment for less than you’d pay for a hotel room (for example, my mom and I paid $150 per night for an entire 2-bedroom flat in London earlier this year, where a shared hotel room with two twin beds would have been at least $250).

• Dress the part – If you’re going to a destination with a more conservative culture, be aware of what you’re putting on your body. If you don’t want unwanted attention (male or otherwise), don’t make yourself stand out as a tourist by ignoring cultural norms when it comes to clothing. In most cases, this just means covering up a little more.

• Don’t do anything you wouldn’t do at home – This should be obvious, but basically don’t be stupid. Don’t go wandering on your own at night; don’t take rides from strangers; don’t get drunk or do drugs if you’re not with someone you can trust. gas vs electric oven temperature If you wouldn’t put yourself in a situation at home, definitely don’t do it while you’re traveling.

• Get travel insurance – I mentioned this before, but having travel insurance to cover those remote possibilities that you have nightmares about (like getting injured or losing your luggage) can help put your mind at ease. Talk to your own insurance company before you leave to see if you’re covered abroad. If you’re not, consider taking out travel insurance for your trip.

I totally get it. In real life, I can be really introverted and needlessly anxious sometimes. There have been times in the past (admittedly more times that I’d like to own up to) when I skipped meals instead of going into a restaurant alone, or wandered around aimlessly for way longer than necessary because I was too anxious to ask anyone for help. gas 1940 This is stupid, of course – people are usually very generous with their help when they see someone (especially a female) traveling alone, and eating alone definitely isn’t traumatizing!

Getting over these fears isn’t always just a switch you can flip, though – you just have to force yourself to do it. Take your Kindle with you when you go to a restaurant alone. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help if you’re trying to figure out train lines or bus schedules. Hold your head high when you walk into a museum or festival or soccer game alone – sometimes it really is a matter of faking it until you make it!

Some of my top suggestions include places like New Zealand, Scotland, Canada, Iceland, and Slovenia because of the natural beauty, overall safety, and the fact that basically everyone will speak English. (I would also add Norway to this list now after having zero problems traveling there on my own recently.) And I suggest Thailand in Southeast Asia because it has a great tourism infrastructure, is cheap, and is filled with other travelers. BONUS! How do you get photos of yourself?

What about a selfie stick, you’re asking? Well, first I’d like to point out that I had a selfie stick for my point-and-shoot camera waaaay before they became a thing. These days, though, the only selfie stick I travel with is the one I use for my GoPro (either an GoPole Evo or my GoPro 3-way mount), and therefore don’t bother with one for my camera or phone. If I really want a phone selfie (or something for Snapchat), I’ll just use my super long arms and snap one that way. The front-facing camera on most phones is usually really poor quality anyway, so this is a last resort when it comes to getting a photo of myself somewhere!