Updated on July 12, 2008
5 Tips for a Woman Traveler
There are tons of tips for travelers out there, and especially so for women travelers. Travelers are told to keep a money belt and to not drink the water and try to speak to locals, but these are somewhat obvious tips. I have outlined a few tips that really helped me while traveling, even if they seem obvious themselves.
1. Cut your hair short. It is so much easier to manage your hair while traveling if it is cut short. I am personally a fan of having my hair short, and normally do but cut it more than usual when Sand and I went to Uruguay. Cutting it short can be awesome during summer, but during the winter it may take a little while longer to dry.
2. Pack a few tampons. Regardless of if you have just had your period, it is always a good idea to have these with you. Frantically searching for a place that sells tampons when you really need one is not fun at all, and maybe you could help someone else who really needs one.
3. Take a self defense class. This is one of the best ways to feel confident as a woman traveler. I think that regardless of how safe the country is, especially for women travelers, taking a class in self defense can make you and your friends and family feel much better about your travlers. Then, you also have this valuable information whenever you may be in need of it.
4. Check out the relationship between men and women in the countries you are going to. Some countries are very liberal and alright with women doing pretty much anything, but we all know of nations where it seems that women have no rights. It is really important to know the role of women before going to any country, to be aware of what is accepted. It is also helpful to know if it is common practice for men to whistle or catcall at women if they are attractive at all; such as in Uruguay. Reviewing the relationship between men and women in different places just helps you to be aware of what may occur.
5. Try to wear what other women are wearing. This may not be obvious in the beginning, but what other owmen are wearing is veyr important to know. For example, I found that many people in Uruguay do not wear many bright colors. This is something I probably would not have noticed without the help of our friend from Uruguay (thanks Ricardo), but it made a huge difference in how I dressed and therefore how I was sometimes percieved.
Some of these tips may seem pretty basic and obvious, but they helped me a lot. Good luck with all of your travels.