Travelling as a Woman

If you’re a woman, chances are that your travel experience is a bit different from that of a man. For one thing, you have more to worry about in terms of sexual assault and predators in the streets. However, we’ve put together a guide of everything you need to know in order to have a safe and enjoyable vacation.

Choose Wisely

The first step is to choose your travel destination carefully. You can’t be too careful when it comes to countries that have a bad reputation for kidnapping or slavery. Depending on how large your travel group is, you might want to be careful about some places in Eastern Europe, Africa, or US cities like Memphis or Chicago. Read up on your local government websites; most countries maintain a database of crime states from other countries and advise travelers which places are safe and which ones are not. The US government is very good about this, and their stats are very helpful for anyone traveler from any country.

Go with People

This is true for men and women alike, but don’t travel alone if possible. Books and movies romanticize travelling alone in a place you’ve never been, but we don’t recommend that to anyone unless it’s a very safe city. Travelling alone in Sweden? You’re probably fine. Travelling alone in Egypt? Hmmm… You might want to give that a second thought. Going with a group can cut your chances of being accosted almost in half. Plus, group travel is a lot more fun in most cases, in addition to being much safer.

Stock Up Beforehand!

You need to make sure that you have everything you need before you go. In some countries, even basic supplies like great reusable menstrual pads can be hard to come by. And NEVER drink the water in a foreign country… There can often be pathogens that your body doesn’t recognize that can ruin your vacation quickly. Although you may or may not need it, an international SIM card for your phone can give you a lot of peace of mind. You will have access to a limited number of minutes and data while you’re abroad, so you can use your phone in case of emergency. Be sure and get a list of the emergency numbers of the country you’re visiting beforehand!

The Food

After you’ve stocked up from and bought your SIM card, you’re ready to talk food! Really, there’s just one word of caution here: be careful about seafood. Seafood can really mess your stomach up in other countries if you’re not used to it. Do some research online to find out what foods don’t agree with travelers very well, and be careful about “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants. Little restaurants can often be the key to upset stomachs later.

And that’s that! Do you feel ready to take a trip with your girlfriends this holiday season? Just be safe, stock up, and be sure to have a great time!