It's not a myth that there are places where girls need to practise more caution. Pen down these tips and tricks on how girls can travel safely.
Unwritten facts about women travellers
Ladies hate being thought of as a frail counterpart of male travellers, or that they can’t travel without that masculine protection. Women are travelling on their own more than ever before, and even to places in the world where street harassment is ubiquitous. No longer the weaker-sex, what should everyone know about them?
Women can travel alone
Although there are places where women need to practise more caution, there are plenty of destinations that have seen solo females conquer their lands. New Zealand, Iceland, Japan, Rwanda are some to name a few. Options for affordable accommodation are nowadays easy for anyone to request for room or flat sharing with people of the same gender. Even cruise lines are building affordable studio cabins which are perfect for solo travellers.
Women can travel anywhere
Don't let rumours deter you from travelling. Some places can be more precarious for females, but check for safe accommodation and tours that will ease you from the fear of being harassed or attacked. Reliable couch-surfers may offer to bring you around and no one will know the place better than them.
Women can do what men can’t
There are experiences exclusive to women too. Some tour operators offer women-only travel. An example is this Iran Women’s Expedition that brings you to female-only spaces like parks and salons and even allows you to join a female-only yoga class with locals. Another tour operator, Rei, has a wide array of women’s trips. Try going on Mount Kilimanjaro with WOAH Travel, a female-owned company or paraglide in Bavaria during Oktoberfest.
They should still travel with their guard up
Men and women should take precautions in any unfamiliar places. It is no doubt that female travellers are at higher risk. Use apps like bSafe to allow you to share your live location with someone you trust. Doesn’t hurt to carry self-defense devices such as a pepper spray that can arm yourself against dangerous situations.