Travelling alone as a women

3 years, 2 months ago

Hey guys
I need your opinion about travelling alone as a women. Do you think it’s stupid/ naive/ too dangerous to even think about? Or do you think it’s brave/ cool/ a great adventure that more women should do?
I was just thinking about travelling to California. But I’m not sure about it yet.
Just tell me what do you think about it.
Thanks

Emma xx

February 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm

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Profile photo of Stony Island Stony Island (@emjay) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Emma.. Probably traveling alone is not the best idea…
Unless you’re going to a place where you have some relatives and a few acquaintaces.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

You’re in danger everywhere you go.
Just keep your common sense and you’ll be fine :)
Travelling alone is empowering, you have more freedom, and you learn a lot about yourself.

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Profile photo of Emma Emma (@vivalavida) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

I’d only stay in safe places of course. But I really want to challenge myself. Why I just not challenge myself by learning a new language? Well I guess I’m a adrenalin junkie:)

Pd: bungee jumping isn’t just for me. I’m too much afraid of the high. So this wouldn’t be an option for me :)

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Profile photo of Emma Emma (@vivalavida) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

By plane. I’m from Europe. So there is no other option for me. And I have to admit that I never been to the US before. I mean I traveled a lot in Europe and south America and Asia, but I never been to the US.

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Profile photo of Stony Island Stony Island (@emjay) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

@Emma
Isn’t this something? I’ve been planning a move to Amsterdam. Maybe you can give me some tips. I can tell you all about traveling in the states. Let’s exchange tips!
What major city are you planning to visit? New York? Chicago? L.A? Miami?
Once you know WHERE you wanna go, everything is easier. Including the planning.

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Profile photo of Emma Emma (@vivalavida) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

@ Alexa :) shit I think the first two flights will be with continental and the other two with united.
Yeah I know. I’m always so happy when I sit next in the airplane next to a super fat old women who’s eating while I’m so hungry that I even eat the food the stewardesses offer me :) no seriously. I’m totally calm down after arriving at the airport. I’m always the one who checks in short before boarding. So it’s always really stressful for me until I checked in.

I’m planning to stay about two months there. But in march I’ll be there for one or two weeks first. I’m not sure about the time yet because I really want to visit my hostfamily in el Salvador. But I’ll see.

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Profile photo of WryJester WryJester (@wryjester) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

You are never really traveling alone. The world is with you, the majority of them will help you.

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Profile photo of Emma Emma (@vivalavida) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

@ tony
Yeah sure we can do that. I’ve been to Amsterdam about five years ago. It’s so cool there! But the most beautiful city in Europe is London! I’ve been there three times now and it was always great! You really have to visit it. It’s very safe there and people are super friendly.
Paris: French people aren’t that nice at all. And in my opinion Paris is a lot more insecure than London. When I was there they found a body in the saine just a few streets from where I lived.
Rome: beautiful as well. Veryy much culture but definitely great to visit.
Madrid and Barcelona : liked both of them. Barcelona has a really impressive architecture. When your going to the county it’s not really nice there. Almost dessert.
Vienna : great food, great architecture and lovely people:)
Zürich: same
Vaduz : same (very small)
Warsaw: most unattractive city to visit in Europe. People don’t speak English. Only good thing is that everything very cheap there.
Berlin: great if you want to visit exhibitions and if you’re invested in art. Hast it’s nice places. Advise: take very good care of your money! I got robbed there.
And now my special advise for you: visit Prague! It’s such a beautiful city!! I wouldn’t expect that beauty of a eastern city! And you don’t need to walk far for the things you want to visit. And it’s very safe there. great! top! Awesome!

Which cities I want to visit: NY, LA, Miami, San Francisco, San Diego, and Phoenix
Any advise?

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Profile photo of Emma Emma (@vivalavida) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

@ Alexa thank you :) I hope so :)

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Profile photo of Emma Emma (@vivalavida) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

I wanted to go to Phoenix for a few years now. When I see pictures of Phoenix I always wished I could jump right into the next airplane and go there. :)

Any further cities I have to visit?

:)

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Profile photo of Megan Wilson Megan Wilson (@poefan2490) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

You should hit up Chicago. Everyone thinks the midwest is boring (mostly true), but it is by far my favorite city because it’s clean and everyone is so nice and friendly there. =) Despite all of its modern-ness, it still has that Prohibition Era gangster feel to it which is just awesome. If you want to visit a smaller town that’s still got a lot of local flavor around the great lakes, I’d try Petoskey or Harbor Springs in Michigan. They’re not super easy to get to if you’re flying, but view alone is worth it. Petoskey is the cheaper and more laid back of the two. Both are clean and full of super friendly people. The beaches around there are really nice as well.
Happy Travels!

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Profile photo of 1.61803399 1.61803399 (@drunkmonkmeth) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

as dangerous as walking alone in your neighborhood can be.

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Profile photo of Murph94 Murph94 (@murph94) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Don’t live your life in fear. It’s not really living.

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Profile photo of Marissa Marissa (@missanicole) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Emma: when you’re travelling alone, make sure to exude confidence. Have good posture, try to keep baggage to a minimum so you’re not weighed down, and don’t sleep in unsafe situations. (sorry to be obvious!) Give creepers a “don’t fuck with me” look, even if you’re nervous. Oh, I’d also say to dress a bit more conservatively if you’re worried about men. Hope your trip is amazing!

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Profile photo of Exist Exist (@exist) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

I’ll travel with you!

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Profile photo of Iris Iris (@aneris) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

soo… why is it so much more dangerous for woman to travel (then men)…
its not really a question, more of a wondering. i know why i just don’t think its fair how some stuff gets put into different spaces.
I would love to travel alone to but i know its far to dangerous. (the places i want to visit) america on the other hand is alright :) been to Arizona, Colorado and Texas. (airways = save ways.) had no problems there.

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Profile photo of BirdFlyingHigh BirdFlyingHigh (@birdflyinghigh) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

If you’re going to be visiting places in the Southwest, you should check out Mesa Verde.

It’s an ancient Pueblo civilization built underneath the overhang of a rock. Check out this pic, it’s breathtaking:

http://www.dbenson.net/photo/pcd4329/mesa-verde-2-12.3.jpg

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Profile photo of pat pat (@epath) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Most of my women friends have travelled around the world by themselves. The first time I went cross country in the U.S., I was sixteen. It’s always wise to be prepared, be aware, and wary. How are you traveling? Where are you staying? Those are important variables that you need to tell before anyone can answer the question.

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Profile photo of Satori Satori C (@stephaniekaitlyn) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Well I definitely know a handful of people who would say it’s stupid and dangerous. But that initially stems from their own fears. So don’t ever listen to those kind of people.

This summer I’m actually going on a roadtrip by myself to San Francisco, Big Sur, Yosemite, California. Then Sedona and Grand Canyon, Arizona. Then Colorado. And around fall I’m going to travel to the Philippines (my homeland. Manila, its surrounding cities, and Palawan), Thailand, and then Bali, Indonesia. And I’m going to do this alone. To be quite frank with you, I’m still a little scared. My whole life I’ve always been scared of the unknown. And I always feel like I have to plan everything so nothing goes wrong. But I’ve learned that the more you try to take control of your life out of fear, the more it will go against you.. which leads to unpleasant experiences.

I’ve learned that if you go into traveling (or in any situation) fearing what’s to come.. your fear is more likely to come true because you keep thinking about it. Therefore your in that low frequency state.. always in fear, thinking about the past or the future, thinking what could go wrong.. you’re attracting like frequencies that will ultimately create your reality. However, if you’re in a higher frequency.. let go of all your fears, flow with the universe, live in the moment, then good things will come.

I’ve been meeting random people who have been traveling all over the world alone.. one of my new friends actually sold all her belongings to travel around South America by herself. She met some awesome people along the way. So in reality you’re never really alone. I feel like being alone gives you a better chance of meeting some incredible people if you have a positive mentality and a strong mindset.

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Profile photo of pat pat (@epath) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Good for you. Be careful, but don’t let your fears get in the way of having a wonderful time.

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Profile photo of Mason Mason (@particleandwave) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Although I’m pro “no-fear” and everything, sometimes our sense of fear is prudent. In the end it comes down to the delicate risk/reward ratio. You cannot neglect the fact that there are bad people out there and they do tend to congregate in areas of lower socioeconomic status because those areas are largely neglected by the general population and, unfortunately, law enforcement.

In other words, as a female I would avoid walking by myself in areas that are known to be “shady”. I would suggest before venturing out by yourself, you learn your environment and take the appropriate measures to ensure your safety.

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Profile photo of Tammy Tammy (@tamalish) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Emma, I live in california in an apartment with 3 girls and you are more than welcome to stay with us if you’d like! I graduate college in a couple months and I plan on taking off on my own to see the world too :)

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Profile photo of Jennifer Jennifer (@seashorr) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Do it! Like someone else said, danger is everywhere and using common sense is your best bet (also I recommend always carrying mace/pepper spray with you and brushing up on some self-defense moves just in case). I recently traveled Europe alone as a female, and it was very freeing, empowering and allows for a type of travel that lends to introspection and seeing the world in a new way.

I live in San Francisco but have lived all over California so if you need any tips on where is best to visit, don’t hesitate to ask. :)

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Profile photo of Brandon Brandon (@unstoppableobject) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Las Vegas. period.

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Profile photo of Emma Emma (@vivalavida) 3 years, 2 months ago ago

Wow! Thank you all so much for your opinion. Let’s do this !!!

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