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FAQ - Solo Travel Questions

If you're thinking of solo travel or know someone who is... you've probably got plenty of questions!

  • How safe is a certain country?
  • Is it all right for a woman (yourself - but also your daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, partner, friend...) to travel solo?
  • What should you pack?
  • Should you travel with someone else part of the time?
  • What happens to your relationship back home while you travel?
  • Are you too old to travel on your own? Too young?
  • What are the best places for solo women travelers?
  • How dangerous is a certain country for solo women?

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Otherwise - SEE BELOW! Your question may have been asked and answered already.

I don't answer questions on places to stay, or on specific jobs or activities. For recommendations on places to stay or visit, try Trip Advisor or one of the web's best travel forums to post your question. If you're looking for work or volunteer opportunities abroad, great resources include such sites as Transitions AbroadWorld Volunteer Web or Idealist, to name a few.

Questions other visitors have asked

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Women traveling solo - or thinking about it 
Just wanted to let you know I've enjoyed reading your articles and your awesome pics shared on Facebook . I'm not a backpacker but you definitely inspired …

What should I pack? 
There are a lot of places that I would love to see overseas but because my budget is so small I decided to go backpacking in South Africa. You see I live …

How safe is it to travel solo? 
Hi Leyla! Thanks for putting together this website and information! I am about to graduate undergrad and will be going to medical school in the summer. …

A bit of this and a bit of that... 
I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful site! I am getting ready to go to Latin American sola -- and I have been a bit skeptical about how I would …

When you need a travel companion 
I am looking for a female travel companion over the age of 60 to accompany me on a road trip from Cape Town to the Caprivi Strip (Namibia), Botswana, Zimbabwe, …

Volunteering opportunities 
Are other women getting together as travel companions (for safety, cheap travel etc.)? My husband doesn't always have the time nor inclination to travel …

Senior women travel - and not so senior 
I have been alone for more than four years after leaving an abusive marriage of 13 years. I was an at home mother and only worked part-time most of my …

The cost of travel 
I'm planning a seven-month trip. How much money do I need? I'm planning on doing some woofing also. And should I sit down and plan every detail of where …

Diversity is beautiful 
I am a solo Chinese woman. I wish to go backpacking to Australia. I never go there before and I am worried that I would feel uncomfortable there. I am …

What about health and insurance? 
Do I need to bring all the tampons I need with me? I've heard you can't buy them outside Europe and North America but I can't believe I'd have to cart …

Destinations and Itineraries 
Fellow Solo travelers out there !! Has anyone done this or similar itinerary ? Ignoring time available and assuming I have a decent saving to go on this …

What about working overseas? 
Hi, I tried to leave my comment on the page where it allows for comments with the FB plugin. However, it didn't do anything even though I was logged into …

Too Young to Travel? 
I just graduated from college, and am looking to start traveling solo. I've done plenty of traveling in the past. I've traveled all around the US and …

Communications and transportation 
I am going to be backpacking through Thailand for a month and a half on my own (to my mothers dismay). I would like to carry some means of communication/entertainment …

How long should I travel for? 
I just turned 29, have left my husband, have a great job that I hate and have started a charity in Uganda that I love but don't make money working at. …

What kinds of accommodation should I look for? 
I just wanted to know the name of the Monastery in Thessaloniki, (or any Monastery in the Halkidiki area that will accept female guests) where you stayed …

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