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Don’t Make These Mistakes as a Woman Traveling Alone

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | October 06, 2016

Don’t Make These Mistakes as a Woman Traveling Alone

PHOTO: Woman backpacking (Courtesy Thinkstock) 

Women traveling alone is not a new phenomenon, but it is becoming more of a trend and, even more so, a rite of passage. As such, it is important to be aware of the pitfalls that can befall the solo female traveler and Refinery29 has outlined some here

“Sure, there can be some uncomfortable truths to traveling alone, such as unwanted attention or being labeled as lonely. But the upsides and empowerment far outweigh the “what ifs” that threaten to keep you home,” writes Charyn Pfeuffer.

One of the first mistakes women can make is drinking too much. 

“When I travel, I tend to gravitate towards the nearest bar. It’s the best place to make friends on the fly and get the local lowdown. If I imbibe too much, though, it can dull my senses and make me vulnerable to others,” writes Pfeuffer.

Another mistake is not doing enough research about your destination.

“Going into most situations in life, it’s best to be prepared. So when traveling to some far-flung destination, take the time to do your homework. Learn about the local culture, rules of etiquette, and political landscape,” notes Pfeuffer. 

You also shouldn’t ignore the local culture and dress norms. 

READ MORE: How to Stay Safe as a Female Solo Traveler  

“It wasn’t until I rocked a minidress in Cusco, Peru, a few years ago that I realized the need to make smarter fashion decisions in foreign destinations. What I thought was cute and sassy was met by my local host as having “mini morals,” Pfeuffer shares. 

These are some of the key things to remember and do when traveling alone. For more, read on here


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