Most of the time my husband and I – sometimes our daughter is joining in too - are traveling together. But now and then I still have to travel alone. My habits didn’t change since the late 1970s (except for having a mobile and computer) and are not very different from traveling with my family or large group.
Be prepared for your destination: map, guide, write a wish list with all things you want to see, people you want to meet, food you want to eat … Schedule your museums visits and tours, because of the opening hours.
Maybe book accommodation in advance, if it’s an overcrowded destination. I’m the lucky one, who is driving by car therefore I have sometimes more possibilities to stay. It’s nevertheless a risk not to book in advance. In France we almost had to sleep in the car and in Germany we felt like jackpot winners, because we found after hours of searching a place to stay in the middle of nowhere between Hannover and Magdeburg.
Have always some cash as backup so you can everywhere and anytime buy a ticket back home.
Think about insurance in case you will have an accident or develop health problems. Travel insurance is cheap, a transport home almost impossible to pay for.
Don’t store all your money (cash and cards) in one place. I always have a wallet with enough cash for one day.
Btw my worst experiences were not in some foreign country far away but in Germany and Austria, countries which I call home. My passport was stolen in Berlin - to know the address of the embassy can therefore very helpful.
I met the most landlords with cut and dried (xenophobic and/or misogynistic) opinions in Austria. Yes, there is almost everywhere still a huge difference how single women are treated.
A healthy extra portion of self esteem is recommended. If I imagine some worst case scenarios (not dangerous situations!!!): Lifting up an eyebrow like Mr. Spock can be very helpful, especially in combination with a calm behavior. I never would show fear, begin to beg or cry, I would always ask if they want the number of my attorney. In the worst case, I would call the police.
Don’t forget a well stocked first aid kit to patch up your blisters every evening!
And at last create an account on Photoblog and post everyday some colorful pictures - family and fiends want to have a nice life sign and follow up your journey!