Solo Traveling As A Woman Of Color, Tips For Staying Safe And Having Fun!

Solo Traveling As A Woman Of Color, Tips For Staying Safe And Having Fun

4. Common Sense Is Universal

No matter where you are in the world, there are some things that are just common sense. I personally stay in well-lit areas at night, I don’t drink heavily unless I’m already in for the night (or you can take a trust ride share service), and I don’t engage in or provoke confrontations with anyone. There are other many other things that one can do to stay safe. Check them out here.

5. Know The Language

Know the language of counties you're visiting as an African American womanWhen visiting any place, you can’t just expect people to know and speak your native language. It’s important to learn some basics of their language so you can effectively communicate. My top words/phrases that I learn when visiting a new place are:

  • Hello/goodbye
  • Thank you
  • Yes/no
  • Please
  • Excuse me
  • I’m sorry
  • I don’t understand
  • Help
  • How much does it cost?
  • Where is the bathroom?
  • Do you speak English?
  • It’s also important to know the number for police, just in case.

I would also note here the importance of learning the norms for the country you’re visiting if you’re going abroad. In some places, the culture is simply different from what you may be used to. Learn and practice the etiquette!

6. Keep In Touch

Before you leave, give at least one trusted person your itinerary. When you get to where you’re going, be sure to check in with that person on a daily basis. Family and friends worry, it’s natural. It’s important to let them know that you are safe and having the time of your life!

Tips For Solo Traveling As A Black Woman

Solo traveling is becoming more popular among black women, as these 6 inspiring travelers show. But it’s important to stay safe so you can have the most fun.

The above are my top pieces of advice for solo female travelers of color. Have you ever gone on a solo trip? What tips would you add to this list? How have your experiences been similar or different? Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts!

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  1. Thanks for the tips! I just got a teaching job in Abu Dhabi starting this August. I will be going alone and also taking solo trips during my break. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. I will make sure to utilize these tips!

    1. Congratulations Shalisse, that sounds great! It may be nerve wracking at first, but once you get there I’m sure you’ll love it. Glad the tips are helpful, let us know how it goes. 🙂

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