VIDEO: How safe is it to travel solo as a woman?
So I’ve started to take Travel Q & A for my YouTube videos.
Recently, I had a question posed to me on one of my YouTube videos. The female viewer asked:
How safe is it to travel solo as a female?
What do you do to stay safe?
This topic was something I’d touched on earlier this year, but of course, this particular question was posed on YouTube. I thought of my recent post, concerning the more adventurous and amorous side of solo travel, how women don’t have strong role action-adventure role models, etc… I decided to take another crack at the issue.
I also decided to split these questions up into two videos, so the next video on Solo Travel Safety Tips will be uploaded later.
Looking at self, safety and solo travel through a warped mirror
There are many aspects to safety and solo travel.
The biggest fears I see arising out of this idea are largely, due to the fact, women let society and conditioning get the better of them. They automatically see themselves as incompetent Tarzans of their own ‘Jane story’.
Thus, many women (myself included, at one point) tend to live under the illusion that we’ll be “victims” before even considering the possibility of traveling alone.
Women aren’t known to be natural adventurers. Many women believe this to be true themselves. But just because women aren’t readily seen as adventurous or risk-taking, when it comes to traveling foreign environments alone, doesn’t mean they’re incapable or more risk-averse than men. Women actually have strong survival instincts, endurance, intelligence and willpower and they’ll take risks where they possess certainty in their abilities. They also have no problem moving mountains or persevering the odds for others, such as friends, family or a child. But until they exercise these strengths towards themselves, it may feel hard for them to trust and feel confident in this strength as anything equivalent to a man. Thus, the only way to enter solo travel is to’ take a leap of faith’.
That leap of faith can feel like an onerous task of taking a chance on oneself.
There are no promises in life
Each day, you’ll encounter bad folk and good.
Each day– whether you’re locked into a boring routine or foreign one– will hold a lesson in survival and the possibility of danger.
Each day you don’t take a step forward towards your dreams, you’ll be taking a step back from it.
So what will rule your life and which will you marry? Your best dream…. or worst fear.
How safe is it to travel alone as a woman?
I agree that there are countries, which are highly dangerous and ill-advised for solo women to travel to and while I don’t doubt that there are dangers, which women are prone to and suffer at the hand of, the question of whether solo travel will be safe for a woman, really goads me.
The question itself, projects so many assumptions of victimhood (vs. prevention), passivity (vs. pro-action), self-doubt and fear (vs self-trust) and the falsely dangerous illusion that our feminine lives are already coated in “safety”.
Rather than go any further, I’ll leave you with the video to reflect on.
This is your chance to sound off on what you think… Is it safe for a woman to travel alone?