Ten Smart Tips for Solo Women Travelers

Great ideas for female solo travelers. I disagree with the advice about the hostels because usually they are the best way to meet people and the most cost effective way to travel solo.

LAVANYA SUNKARA

The last time I traveled alone was ten years ago in East Africa. I stayed in Zanzibar for just two days but did everything I wasn’t supposed to do. I let the bar/resort manager flirt with me and take me on a walk on the beach after a few drinks one night. I went to a sea turtle rescue center with a stranger. I walked around in shorts and a tank top in the traditional community. I went to bed with a Swiss army knife under my pillow, in case the manager used his key to break into my room. No one back home knew where I was. If I never returned, no one would have known what happened. I was also in my early twenties and didn’t know any better. It was by luck that I made it home safely.

Recently, I went on a three-week solo journey to…

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