Six Key Solo Adventure Tips

| June 14, 2013 | 3 Comments
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© Copyright Linda Bailey and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License. geograph-218160 by Linda Bailey

Solo adventures get a bad rap. There’s a perceived element of risk for people who adventure alone. Or maybe it really is riskier. Perhaps the negative association with solo adventuring is only due to jealousy—those who don’t do it are envious of those of us with the confidence and know-how. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Solo travel probably does require a little extra planning and preparation, but shouldn’t you be in the know and prepared even if you’re with others? Going it alone does mean you should maintain heightened awareness but we suggest you just go about your journey with sure intention, carrying yourself with confidence and strength like you would any other day.

There are benefits to solo adventuring. Alone, you have more flexibility and freedom to explore what you want to discover. You can pack less, fuss less, and worry less, as you’ll only be responsible for number one: you and only you. You have as much time as you want at your destination(s) and can change plans without calling a meeting and tallying votes first. You can choose to hang with your tour group after an outing or retreat for peace and quiet after a full day of making new friends. If you’re traveling in the backcountry solo, you can sing (belt out your favorite old tunes), talk to the wildlife, and even walk around camp naked without weirding out others. If you’re out for a day trip, you can just find the silence or exhilaration you need for a few hours and go home to the people (or person) you love and enjoy. There are no rules in solo adventure travel. We just ask you stay safe and have fun.

Lucky for ladies looking to adventure on our own, the web offers pages and pages of tips from women who’ve been there. In case you don’t have time to sift through it all, we’ve summarized the highlights in this list of top resources. Here’s our guide to adventuring solo, safely and confidently.

This gal says successful solo travel is all about attitude. She encourages extensive planning and boundless dreaming when it comes to a solo trip. “Don’t limit your travel aspirations,” Gwenn writes, “just because you are on your own.

Another woman, Suzy, suggests you treat yourself and keep a strong sense of adventure so you can explore rich experiences more inwardly and really benefit from the time you’ll have to reflect on it all.

Wanderlust and Lipstick offers tips for everything from dining out solo to planning a solo international trip. Safety-wise, they say you should prepare with self-defense lessons and always, always listen to your gut instinct and obey when it says, “Don’t do that.”

This writer offers tips for women traveling alone in Egypt, which I think could probably translate to travel in countries with similar cultural norms or political situations. My favorite of her tips: Walk with an air of “Don’t mess with me.”

“Knowledge is power,” says one woman who traveled alone extensively in Mexico.  Get familiar with the area, the language, and the culture. Know the address of where you’re staying, too.

“Adventurous Kate” is probably the women’s solo travel expert. In this video, she shares some tips to help the everyday woman begin enjoying extended travel.

Hope these help and inspire you to take another step toward pushing your boundaries and exploring. Share some solo travel and adventure tips you’ve acquired along the way. What are the perks of adventuring alone? The challenges?

Category: Travel

Jennifer Olson

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Also called "Editor Jenn" at Women’s Adventure, Jennifer Olson learns as much from you as she hopes you learn from the magazine and this website. Playing with magnetic poetry on her refrigerator helped Jennifer develop a philosophy by which she still lives: “If you publish a cliché, go explore real inspiration." Visit me on Google+

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  1. planetaurora says:

    I traveled for 9 months, most of it solo! I loved it and would not trade it in for anything! It is all about being open to the world around you and, at the same time, being really aware of your surroundings – which, when traveling with others, I find that I am not as aware. And that awareness? It taught me so much about the world and showed me things I never would have seen.

  2. Leyla Giray says:

    I traveled solo across Africa and Asia for three years in my 40s – and possibly the best thing I got from it was empowerment and self-sufficiency. All the rest too but knowing I could solve any problem, anywhere was useful when I finally returned home. I just felt that much stronger and in charge of my life.

  3. Andrea says:

    I want to travel by myself for the first time next week and this gave me lot of courage….Thanks so much!!!!

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