solo in Guanajuato

A lot of women avoid traveling alone, especially abroad. I have done it once in my life and it has been exciting and full of discoveries but it also  got lonely and scary at times. I was in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2005.  I stayed at Posada Santa Fe, which I highly recommend. Guanajuato is a very safe place to travel, especially for the solo woman traveler. If you want to see for yourself what I’m talking about, click here.

Tips for solo women travelers abound on the internet, but here are my favorites from

  1. When traveling alone, you have to be aware of your surroundings and how you are perceived by others.
  2. Know the culture. To prevent harassment and even physical violence, dress for the culture you are visiting. If in doubt take your cues from local women, who set the standard for what attire is acceptable. [ I was in Siem Reap, Cambodia years ago and I can never forget how uncomfortable I felt that one day. It was humid and hot so I was wearing a white tank top (with a strapless bra, mind you) and a pair of convertible pants with the bottom part taken off. I was freaking out because everywhere I went, the locals would look at me and snicker. I don’t know what it was but my best guess was that maybe they thought I was wearing underwear in public. Ever since then, every time I travel to Southeast Asia, I would wear conservative clothes. A loose t-shirt, loose pants or a skirt, and not-too-loud colors. ]
  3. Do not tell strangers your travel plans. Strangers may not be as friendly as they first appear, so keep your travel plans to yourself.
  4. Stick with a group. If you are feeling watched or followed, attach yourself to a family. Start talking to them, sit near them, befriend them. You are harder to isolate when you are part of a group.
  5. Don’t panic. If you are in an unpleasant situation be calm and decisive. For extreme danger don’t hesitate to draw attention to yourself. Embarrassment isn’t as bad as the alternative.

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