10 Myths of Female Solo Travellers That Need To Be Debunked
It’s a given that solo female travelers face a lot of hurdles whenever they decide to go solo somewhere. A single announcement of solo traveling by a female is met with a lot of judgemental looks, advices and warnings. While maybe they are well-intended but they end up instilling fear and doubt in the traveler’s mind. It’s the 21st century and we really need to be focusing on the travel tips and advice female solo travelers really need rather than the fear-instilling comments from people. So here are the 10 myths of female solo travellers that strictly needed to be debunked.
- To be sexually harassed
Ask anywhere or anyone and one of the main reasons why female travelers are advised against solo traveling is sexual harassment. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a safe place like Pune or places with high crime rates against women, at least four out of every five female travelers have been harassed in one of many forms.
So, instead of stopping a woman, why not help them by giving them local insights to blend in well or what to wear because the mind set is not same everywhere. It can be a huge prevent factor for unwanted attention.
- “Too Dangerous”
This is something that one might have come across whenever the topic of solo traveling comes up. Is it possible? Very unlikely because it’s almost every time and every where women are unsafe. Staying home also doesn’t guarantee one safety. The mitigation measures to this is to stay up to date on current events and affairs before visiting a place.
- Being Lonely
It’s true that human beings are social creatures but it’s also true that human beings require space of their own to keep the balance. It’s a fact far from the truth that female travelers are unable to make friends without gathering attention. Instead, it’s the other way round: they are more cared for and treated with kindness. And belonging to the technical generation, it’s super easy to join a female traveling group or a range of apps which will help one meet fellow travelers on the road. Sharing personal details is to be avoided and even if one is meeting someone over an app, the essential step is to meet in a public space. Another fun way to meet new people is by sharing reviews on travel related websites. Instead of the misguiding efforts to protect women why not educate them on something they need to be really careful about.
- “She’s a rebel”
Definitely not the truth. This is a serious misinterpretation when a woman says that they want to go on a solo trip. The love of exploration is not be mixed with anything other than one’s passion of traveling. It is not a point to prove anything to the world but to reach the summit within oneself.
- “It’s monotonous”
Solo traveling is taken up by strong female pillars who are confident in their own company. So the assumption that it’s in “trend” or a “cliche” is ridiculous because one ends up exploring so many unexplored sides of oneself that it’s an endless quest of happiness. Life becomes a little bit more exciting and fun when one gets comfortable in their own company. So it’s not going to get monotonous, ever.
Another myth of traveling. Because it’s not the person or people who plan the trip but how they plan the trip. Looking for online offers or contacting local guides and people who help show a cheaper place helps save a lot of money. It’s all about smart work. Planning to go on routes and choosing transportation which are evidently cheaper (like Government vehicles) is better than reaching there and booking the first place one sees.
- Navigating around is difficult for a woman
It’s obvious that one will get lost when traveling to new places. It should not be gender centric. Being a tech geek generation, there’s hardly anyone who doesn’t know how to navigate an online map. So navigation is not a problem for anyone right now, not even female travelers.
- Waste of time
This is probably the best way to spend the time when one decides to put some time away for oneself and enjoy the peaceful journey of exploring the world. The knowledge and experiences one gathers is unparalled to any experience. A new sense of achievement is felt and it is far away from being a waste of time!
- All solo travelers are single
This is yet another myth that needs to be crossed out. Women do take solo trips without their significant other and it’s not to be misinterpreted. Instead it can actually help both with the clarity solo traveling offers.
- ”It’s a once in a lifetime moment”
It’s about the passion of traveling. It is never a once in a lifetime moment as anyone, not only women, should have the freedom to travel anywhere and anytime they want because wanderlust is real. Traveling is relaxing in numerous ways one can’t even imagine.