CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR SOLO VACATION TRIP
Solo travel can be a scary concept, no matter who you are. Add in being a woman — and a black woman then suddenly travelling alone can seem downright daunting. If you love travelling then you are reading the right article. Travelling solo also requires you having enough fund to take care of your travel expense or else you are going on an expense-paid trip.
Not everyone can do this. Which means that you are going to be out there on my own.
You are a few things you need to consider to have a hitch-free trip;
Read personal accounts of trips
Find other solo travellers who look like you and have been to the country you plan to visit. Read their stories and reach out to them and ask questions. Find out from them what the experience of a black woman travelling solo is like in that country, or reactions or treatment you might receive there.
Book your accommodations in advance
if you are a first-time solo traveller, or even travelling to a country for the first time, you want to have your accommodation booked before you land. Also get the hotel to book you a taxi to pick you up from the airport, to avoid trying to figure out your own way and possibly falling prey to dangerous people.
Money issues are not to be taken for granted
Ensure to have your debit card while on the go and put your money in different parts of your bag, or different pockets, in case you are pickpocketed.
Apps are guardian angels
With a trusted map app or translation app on your phone is a life-saver. It will take care of the possibility of you wandering around and exploring and being completely lost, which could quickly turn into a safety issue.
Meet People and Tour groups
One of the best parts about travelling is meeting people. But talking to strangers can be a challenge, especially when you are on your own or the only black person for miles around. Live your best life, meet people and groups. Create memories.
Check in with your country’s embassy.
This is another thing you should do, regardless of colour or travel status. And the best part is that you can do it online. You can also give them your contact information, in case a dangerous situation arises and you need to be alerted and get to safety.
Don’t over pack
You don’t want to bring more than what you need. “You are not going to have anyone to help you carry your luggage, or watch it while you use the bathroom.