Last updated on July 5, 2023

Traveling solo as a female is an exciting and empowering experience, and I would recommend it to everyone out there! This is how I started my travel adventure – walking solo through all Java island in Indonesia. Surely, you should always prioritize your safety, but there are plenty of steps you can take to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. Besides, Southeast Asia is the safest destination that female solo travelers can pick. My travel guide is designed on the basis of my footprints to provide you with all helpful guidance and tips to make the most out of your solo trips. 

The benefits of traveling on a budget.

Traveling on a budget doesn’t have to be a hassle. My first travels were always backapcking adventures. My second trip to Asia was on a budget, with one way ticket, I could not spent much per day, knowing I want to travel for months. In fact, there are several benefits to traveling on a budget:

  1. More Authentic Experience – When you travel on a budget, you’re more likely to eat, sleep, and travel like a local. This will give you a more authentic experience and allow you to connect with the local culture. Don’t be afraid of it – Asians are goodhearted and most friendly people on earth.
  2. Spontaneity – You may find unexpected options that you wouldn’t have considered if you had a big budget. When planning a trip on a budget, you have to be more resourceful, flexible, and creative. You might discover unique experiences or hidden gems.
How to travel alone - backpacking Indonesia!

Besides, you will meet hundreds of solo travelers in a backpackers hostels, and you will team up to travel around. It happened to me in almost every country!

3. Less Pressure – When you travel with a lower budget, you don’t have to meet any high-end expectations. There is less pressure to visit touristy spots or stay in the most expensive hotels. This freedom removes the pressure and stress and allows you to enjoy the trip at your own pace.

4. More Savings $ – Traveling on a budget can put more money back in your pocket. By opting for budget accommodations, meals, and events, you can save money and use it to extend your travel or for your next trip.

Best destinations for female solo travelers.

Traveling on a budget doesn’t have to be a limitation but rather an opportunity to experience more of the local culture and enjoy unique experiences without breaking the bank! On the basis of my recent travels – I have put together a list of best holiday DEALS for 2023 – Thailand, Indonesia or Sri Lanka – can be your paradise dream vacation on a very affordable level!

For start check VISA requirements for your destination.

Southeast Asia would be probably the safest destination for female solo travelers. And another meaningful reason to chose this destination is wellness and spa retreats – which are a part of Asian culture. It is also a good solution for addresing the challenges in a healthy way. 

Enjoy the spiritual and welness retreatment.

Another meaningful reason to chose Asian destination are incredible, spiritual, affordable: wellness and spa retreats – which are a part of Asian culture. 

You will find different places for Mind, Body & Soul Wellness, whether it’s sanctuary, massage places, spa salons or yoga centres. Thanks to google you can check the reviews and chose a quality place. Best massages I found were in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar (the strongest ever!) and Vietnam. Sri Lanka – lack of knowledge and very poor quality of body treatment.

Getting ready for solo traveling.

  • It is always good to research your destination to gather some more information about the culture and local laws. This will help you understand the local customs and avoid any misunderstandings /especially in dress code for holy places like temples, pagodas, etc./.
  • Download GoCity app to get a city pass and massive savings on all attractions!
  • Plan your itinerary – develop a detailed itinerary that includes your accommodation booking for the first 2-3 nights, transportation options (mostly airport transfers), and places you want to visit. Share this information with a trusted friend or family member.
  • Pack smart! 😉 Pack light and make sure to bring essential items like comfortable clothing, travel documents (make a paper copy), a good quality padlock, a money belt, and a portable charger. Of course all would depend on the character of your travel – if you are going on a beach vacation clothing would be different than for a hiking trip. Forany travel – avoid OVERPACKING!Especially if you are going backpacking! Remember Sheryl Straight & the Monster ;))) I made this mistake so many times, so many clothes that I wouldn’t wear even once..
  • Stay connected: Consider buying a local SIM card or portable WiFi hotspot for affordable internet access while traveling.
  • Get travel insurance! Protect yourself by purchasing travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellation, and lost belongings. Don’t ever leave without a travel insurance. I’m telling you as an experienced traveler – don’t save money on buying medical insurance.

Some safety tips for female solo travelers.

  • Dress appropriately: Respect the local culture by dressing modestly, particularly in conservative countries. Research local dress codes in advance. You would need to cover your shoulders and knees while entering temples and shrines. Also for Arabic countries you would need to dress properly according to their culture and religious demends.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times. Trust your instincts and avoid poorly lit or deserted areas, especially at night.
  • Use reliable transportation: Opt for licensed taxis, ride-sharing services, or public transportation. Avoid hitchhiking or getting into unmarked vehicles.
  • Stay in safe accommodations: Choose reputable accommodations with good reviews. Research the area’s safety ratings before booking.
  • Blend in with the locals: Try to assimilate into the local culture to minimize attention. Learn a few basic phrases in the local language, be respectful, and avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself.

Personal safety tips.

  • Share your itinerary with your family or friends is a good idea, informe them about your whereabouts and regularly update them on your plans.
  • Keep a low-profile: Avoid displaying expensive jewelry, gadgets, or large amounts of cash. Use a money belt to keep your valuables secure and keep a small amount of cash handy for daily expenses.
  • Trust your instincts: If something feels off or unsafe, remove yourself from the situation immediately. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from local authorities or fellow travelers.
  • Stay connected with others: Meet fellow travelers or join group tours to enhance safety and have company while exploring new destinations.
  • Be cautious with alcohol: Drink responsibly and be mindful of your surroundings when consuming alcohol.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.

By following these tips and staying aware of your surroundings, you can have a safe and enjoyable journey, embrace the adventure and make lifetime memories. 

Sassari Sardinia

Hey - I'm Eva!

Hiker, adventurous traveler and the author of this blog. My biggest joy is mountaineering and writing reportage travel stories here on this blog, to help you create a unique travel experience. Traveling is freedom, allows you seeing the world truly, meet communities, grow. Taste it!