The other day I was listening to a TED talk that showed a young man showcasing his recent hitchhiking journey across the world. As I courageously scrolled to the bottom of the page and read the comments from video viewers the majority of the comments centered around one main debate. Well if you haven’t guessed it by now, based on this blog title, the topic of contention was the argument of whether or not a female could embark on the same type of spontaneous solo adventure. Could a single female take the same risks that our video presenter was so casually recapping with the audience? Or are there unspoken travel rules that women have to adhere to that men don’t? The presenters’ talk was meant to inspire listeners to travel and engage with others by discarding their scheduled plans and inhibitions, instead it produced fears and questions about whether he was just “lucky” to have made it back alive.
As someone who has solo traveled many places throughout the world, I must say there are many things one must concern themselves with regarding general safety. Everytime I talk with others about my travels, the first thing they mention is how in awe they are that I have traveled by myself. They mention they could never do that, and wonder how i was able to manage it all ….by myself. Whenever I hear this, I’m in awe that they are in awe. As I haven’t had this fear-based mentality when I’ve traveled. I think if i thought about it, I would never travel- anywhere. Especially not by myself. But since I don’t – I GO.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are travel precautions I take whenever I solo travel and I am typically on heightened alert when perusing a new town. There also are certain places that I’m not interested in going due to my own personal reservations about that particular country. Needless to say, I’ve heard guys who have traveled solo who’ve gotten robbed several times, and females who’ve been to more places than those same male counterparts and have only experienced travel mishaps that weren’t safety related. So at the end of the day it’s really a toss up in my opinion of whether it is safer for men to travel solo vs women. A lot depends on timing, location, and the individual.
What do you think?