How To Stay Safe As Solo Female Traveler? Annemarie Shares Her Experience
Jovago Pakistan recently interviewed solo woman traveler Annemarie Strehl who has been actively traveling alone. She has traveled to 32 countries so far. Being a smart solo woman traveler, she has shared some great travel safety tips for women traveling alone.
Check out her interview here.
Let us start with a formal introduction. Who is Annemarie Strehl?
I am a world traveler serial blogger and chronic foodie. I started my blog Travel on the Brain to inspire others to chase their dreams of seeing more of the world despite any worries that might hold them back. You don’t need to be super brave or super rich to go out there.
How and when you developed interest for traveling?
I have always loved traveling as long as I can remember. But the travel bug seriously bit me during my first school trip abroad to England. I realized how much more confident I felt on foreign lands and trying to communicate with strangers.
How you plan and manage your finances for traveling?
I have come up with many ways to stretch my money and by now know tons of travel hacks and tips for flight and hotel booking (I even made an e-course about affordable travel!). Also, I had a Working Holiday Visa for Australia and Japan, which allowed me to work part-time abroad.
What do you like the most about traveling?
Pushing your boundaries, learning about the world and other cultures and tasting new and exciting food.
What do you dislike about traveling?
Red tape, air conditioning and jet lag. But above all, narrow-minded people who think they know it all and utter the most ludicrous generalizations and stereotyping. The more you travel, the more you realize how little you know.
Being a female traveling alone what problems do you face and how you solve them?
The biggest issue for solo traveling women is safety. So I everywhere I go I ask the locals which areas and times are safe to walk around outside, I never carry much cash on me and do not show how unfamiliar I am with my new surroundings.
3 important tips which you will like to give to female travelers traveling alone?
Don’t spill all your details telling strangers where you are staying, where you are headed and that you are completely by yourself. Always have emergency numbers stored in your phone. Don’t get provoked but ignore catcalls and sexist behavior.
What is it that triggers you to travel to an entirely new destination?
My insatiable curiosity. I don’t like visiting a place twice when there are so many out there I haven’t seen yet.
While visiting a new destination what two things your love to explore the most?
Food and nature – something for my tummy and something for the eye.
How do you plan your destinations?
If I am not dead set on a location, I check for the best flight prices and then go from there. Usually I travel to a place in off season to avoid tourist crowds and exaggerated prices.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
So many! Nearly every week something ridiculous happens. But my favorite is the one where I am nearly drowning in my snorkeling goggles on top of the Great Barrier Reef and a giant fish swims up to me so the underwater photographer can take a snapshot with it. The fish is quite the diva.
How do you manage when interacting with people without speaking their language?
I usually have screenshots of the address I want to go to, I learn how to pronounce it and gestures help a good deal as well.
Which destination you felt is not actually like you had imagined before?
All of them. I find it’s usually not the best idea to have a preconceived notion of a place because it is almost always different than what you expect. This can lead to disappointment. So I try to avoid that.
Any 3 money saving tips you would like to share while traveling?
Realign your priorities, set a weekly budget plan and stick to it and check for local markets.
What do you take back from your expeditions?
Tons of photos and stories. I don’t like the regular souvenirs.
Are your trips are light on the wallet or do you like it extravagant?
Have you ever thought of traveling to Pakistan?
I have but so far I have not made it to mainland Asia.
If you get a chance to visit Pakistan what are the 3 destinations you would prioritize to explore?
The capital – I always like to see how different cultures blend, Lahore and Naltar Valley.
What is the current perception of Pakistan with international travelers and the international travel blogger’s community?
I haven’t heard much talk about Pakistan so far so I cannot say.
With this, Jovago Pakistan ended the interview with Annemarie.