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Going on a solo adventure can be a great way to explore the world, gain confidence, and create lasting memories. Below are a few curated tips we've picked up along the way that will without a doubt help you make the most of your solo adventure.

DO YOUR RESEARCH - Before heading out on your adventure, research your destination thoroughly. This will help you understand the local customs, weather, and any potential hazards or challenges you may face. 

As women, we have to stay vigilant more so than men do, especially when traveling alone. 

Make sure you have a good understanding of the local culture, customs, laws, and safety issues. Learn about any areas or neighborhoods that may be considered unsafe for solo female travelers.

PLAN AHEAD - It might not sound as fun as totally winging it, but to be safe make a detailed itinerary for your trip, including your transportation, accommodation, and activities.

This will help you stay organized and make the most of your time.

Also...go ahead and share this info with your trusted person[s] of choice back home so that they always know where you are and how to contact you.

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PACK WISELY - When traveling solo, it's important to pack light and only bring what you need so you can easily move around and handle your own luggage.

Ask yourself this question a few times while packing, "Do I really need to pack this"? We'll bet you take out an item or two before you zip up and ship out.

Consider packing a small first aid kit, a whistle, and other safety items.

Dress appropriately for the destination and the activities you have planned. You probably won't be wearing that little black dress in the middle of the desert, so put it back in the closet!

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TRUST YOUR GUT - We've got instincts for a reason and traveling solo is the ultimate time in your life when you'll want to really lean into and listen to your intuitions.

It's extremely important to be mindful of safety. Avoid walking alone at night, and be cautious with strangers.

Make sure to have copies of important documents such as your passport, and leave copies with your trustees back home.

If something feels off or unsafe, don't ignore that pit in your stomach,  remove yourself from the situation immediately.

It's ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry!

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CONNECT WITH THE LOCALS & OTHER TRAVELERS - Just because you're going on a solo adventure doesn't mean you should avoid talking to anyone on your journey. In fact quite the opposite. 

Meeting locals can enhance your travel experience, help you understand the local culture and customs, and provide opportunities for unique adventures. 

Consider staying in hostels, attending local events, or taking a guided tour to meet new people and fellow wanderers.

STAY CONNECTED - Don't completely unplug, you'll worry your loved ones.

Make sure you have a reliable way to stay connected with friends and family back home.

Consider purchasing a local SIM card or using a virtual private network (VPN) to access the internet securely.

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BE MINDFUL OF CULTURAL NORMS - Respect the local culture and customs, including dress codes and social norms. This can help you avoid unwanted attention or conflict.

Remember, going on a solo adventure can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it's important to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and make the most of your trip. 
April 12, 2023 — Debbie Mercer

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