Solo female travel can be a fantastic opportunity for personal growth and exploration. If you’ve never traveled alone, start slow. Plan an overnight or weekend trip to someplace familiar so that it’s not too overwhelming the first time.

Make sure you have enough planned to stay busy and not feel lonely. Check out the local restaurants and decide ahead of time where you would like to eat so you don’t feel awkward about eating alone.

Always have a book or something else to do at the table. I like to use that time to jot down notes about my trip or plan my next day.

Solo female travel can be safe, but it also depends on various factors such as the destination, the traveler’s preparation and awareness, and the traveler’s behavior.

While some destinations may be considered safe for solo female travelers, others may pose more risks. Therefore, it’s essential to research and evaluate the safety of a destination before traveling there.

Have a travel plan and share it with family and friends. Be prepared for people to ask if you are traveling alone. That way when asked, you can have something already in mind instead of blurting out that you are solo.

Be situationally aware and always be aware of your surroundings. If your gut says something is not right, listen to it.

Never share your location in real time. If you post to social media, always wait until you are not longer there to share your location. For more tips, read my 20 Travel Safety Tips article.

Connect with like minded female travelers by staying in hostels, joining online communities, taking group tours and attending local events.

Just remember to always trust your instincts and take necessary safety precautions when meeting new people, especially when traveling solo.

I’m not shy and I love talking to people so I’ll strike up a conversation with anyone. I’ve made friends with Uber drivers, random people on the beach (usually because they had a cute dog with them) and vendors.

One of the easiest ways to make friends is by sitting at the bar in a restaurant. That way, you don’t feel awkward sitting alone at a table and it gives you the opportunity to chat no only with the bartender but with other patrons at the bar.

The websites I use most for planning travel are: Kayak.com, Skyscanner.com, Booking.com, Hotwire.com and Google.

I use Flight Aware, Plan Finder and FlightRadar24.

I’m fortunate enough to have a U.S. healthcare policy that covers me globally. However, I usually purchase a travel policy that fills in the gaps and that covers emergency evacuations and accidents.

Check with your insurance to see what if it covers when you are traveling. If you need to purchase travel insurance, TravelInsurance.com is a good place to start researching different types of coverage you might need.

There are a few things I always have with me on long flights. A good pillow, a long cardigan, or wrap, to cover up with if it’s chilly, compression socks and lip balm are essentials.

Ear buds, downloaded music and movie, something to read and a power bank are also necessities.

Staying healthy when traveling is important to ensure an enjoyable and stress-free trip. To maintain good health, it’s essential to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary or alcoholic drinks. If the food is different from your home country, start slow to acclimate your body to the local flavors and spices.

Regular exercise can also help keep you healthy, so consider walking or using hotel gyms or swimming pools. Additionally, it’s important to practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently and carrying hand sanitizer. By taking care of yourself and following these simple tips, you can stay healthy and enjoy your travels to the fullest.