and male travelers are really not that different when it comes
to traveling. They both have needs and desires, and they both
endure the same struggles of carrying their "home"
around on their back. However, it has to be admitted that
female travelers do have additional safety concerns. Generally,
women travelers are more vulnerable due to their naturally
smaller size (usually) and their "desirability"
by males (with varying degrees, depending on the country traveled
world is generally a safe place. Most of the time, when a
traveler finds him or herself in an unsafe situation it is
something that they probably could have avoided. This might
mean staying out of unstable war zones or not travelling alone
in dangerous parts of a city late at night. Regardless, there
are definite safety rules to follow when travelling.
does not mean that female travelers have to stay indoors and
hide. It just means that they have to be extra cautious in
some instances. This might include avoiding hitch-hiking,
sticking with a trusted partner when walking at night and
not letting yourself fall into uncomfortable situations. Of
course, all females are different, and these rules would probably
apply to many men too.
yourself on the local dress codes and customs. If dressed
inappropriately, you may find yourself either offending
the locals...or really turning them on.
to look like a local by acting and dressing as they do
like you know what you are doing and where you are going
at all times, even if you don't
about the places to avoid (from other travelers or friendly
yourself very clear if someone is bothering you or making
you feel uncomfortable. A loud "NO" (or a few)
should get the point across.
to ignore obnoxious comments and gestures from local men.
Sometimes they are really compliments and completely harmless.
clothing that will attract unwanted attention. Loose clothing
that covers more of the body is a safer bet, applicable
in some countries more than others.
for all-female train cars when traveling at night
you are being hassled, try to stay in a public place or
where there is a lot of people
should be allowed to travel where ever they want without being
hassled. At least that would be expected in a perfect world.
But in reality, there are unfortunately still countries where
women are treated as second-class citizens, viewed as objects
rather than equal human beings. There is no denying this.
For this reason, female travelers need to take a few extra
precautions to ensure their safety while venturing in foreign
for Female Travelers
- Christine Columbus - valuable travel information for
women. "Christopher Columbus may have discovered the
New World, but it was Christine who packed his bags,"
says this site.
- connects traveling women around the world. Good place
to find traveling information from other women.
Vietnam - a woman's inspirational experience hitchhiking
Vietnam alone. Offers plenty of advice and tips too.
- online travel magazine for women who love to travel.
Travel Coach - provides travel classes and coaching
by phone for women who want to pursue solo journeys, pilgrimages,
learning vacation, work or relationshiop sabbaticals, and
- a travel e-zine written by a group of enthusiastic women.
More than tips on how to fold your clothes so that they
don't crease, Vagabunda! wants to encourage the wonder of
exploring the world.
Travel Club - self-proclaimed as the largest travel
club in America, they plan and organize over 20 trips abroad
each year. They also offer plenty of travel advice, tips
and a thorough packing list.