Solo female travel is a growing trend that is not slowing down anytime soon. According to the George Washington University School of Business, nearly two-thirds of people travelling today are females. The Travel Industry Association reports that women are contributing to the growth of the travel industry in unprecedented ways, with travel companies saying they are seeing a big uptick in interest from solo female travellers. According to girl power marketing, an estimated thirty-two million American women are traveling alone yearly.
We know that one of the major concerns for most solo travellers anywhere is the world, is usually based around safety matters. Questions like ‘Can I stay safe on my own? and How can I convince my friends and family that I’ll be okay?‘ are probably looming all around. Well, the good news is: yes, you will be safe travelling alone to Malawi. Malawi is one of the most peaceful countries on planet earth.
Visitmalawi.co has put together a comprehensive and resourceful ultimate female travel guide. Therefore, whether you are a first-time solo female traveller looking for that extra encouragement to take your first trip or are a well seasoned solo female traveller you will find bits and bobs that will prove useful to you.
Solo Female Travel: Research and Book in Advance where possible.
Before you pack up and just randomly take off, research where it is you want to visit. In this case, the things you want to find out about Malawi should be, all the places you wish to visit, the weather, local customs, dress codes, etiquette, transport links from one place to the other etc. Make sure you know the basics of what to expect before you step off the plane. If you are well informed, you will make better choices and get the most out of your trip.
Keep an Open Mind
We all like what we like and may experience culture shocks when we travel to other destinations out of our familiarity, however try and keep and open mind on your travels. Most of us find comfort in familiarity, therefore It might be easy to go to the touristy areas where everyone speaks English and can accommodate you. However, some times you may find beauty and hidden gems in the unfamiliar. Try and challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone within limits. Malawians are generally known for their warmth and friendliness because they treat strangers and kin equally alike, therefore you are in great hands for the most part. However, in the event you feel uneasy, listen to your gut.
Reassure Friends and Family
Your loved ones might worry about you. It would be absolutely abnormal if they didn’t worry. Your family have every right to worry because they love you. With this decision will also come opposition from one or two family members who may not fully support your desire for solo travel, understand them and also help them understand you by re-assuring them to trust your decision and ability to take on the world and also show them the research you’ve done.
Get to know the locals. Talk to as many people as you can because the more the local people are familiar with you and recognise you, the better you’ll be. Malawians tend to look out for everyone, consider getting to know them as part of your staying safe mode.
Safety Awareness for Solo Female Travel
This is for anyone and everyone to take on board and be mindful of. Never overshare information. For example, you maybe exploring Club Makokola for the day, what you want to do is check-in when you are about to check-out. Share any pictures from your exploration there on-wards. This will always keep you one step ahead and not leaving you exposed and vulnerable as a traveller, period.
Pack Necessities – Needs not Wants
There is no point in carrying baggage on solo female travel or any travel for that matter, leave it behind.
Only take the necessary bits. Many items we stuff in our baggage never end up seeing the light of day.
It is important to make a wants and needs check list and tick as you go along.
Learning to travel solo travel will boost your confidence and also help you become culturally rich and smart. Be safe and use your insticts as much as possible, be mindful of your surroundings making sure you are not in danger. Be assertive, and keep your valuables close and hidden. But don’t forget to let go and have fun.
Welcome to Malawi – Takulandirani
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