Ciara Johnson has been travelling the world alone and she has shared her tips for other women who want to give in to their wanderlust and stay safe.

In a Twitter thread, Ciara shared her personal experiences as a solo traveller and highlights especially what it’s like for a woman.

She said “It’s made me hyper aware of my surroundings. There’s no other option. Pay attention to the people in your surroundings.”

I do lots of research before I go – cultural norms, customs, how to dress, scams, natural disasters, political climate, etc. Instead of listening to people who’ve never visited these places before, I look for first hand knowledge from other solo female travellers.”

She gave thanks to modern tech, saying she can use it to let people know where she is at all times. “I use google maps, translation apps, and drop my pin to friends/family often.”

“When it comes to posting on social media, I never post in real time. I never tag locations while I’m actually there. I usually only post photos or share where I was, once I’ve left. You really never know who’s lurking.”

In terms of travel, Ciara relies on Uber.

She says, “I Uber. No, Uber is not perfect, but I think it’s a bit safer than hopping into a random taxi abroad. At least my location & the driver’s info is stored in the app. In foreign countries, it can be hard to know if a taxi is even official.”

When Ciara is travelling, she says she is wary of pickpockets. She shared, “I split up cash & cards throughout different bags in case one is stolen. I hold my bags directly in front of me with my hand over the opening if I am in a crowded area to avoid pickpockets.”

Predators tend to target women who are travelling alone and appear insecure.

“I’ll lie if someone asks if I’m alone. Traveling alone actually causes you to depend on strangers for so many things, and majority of the time things work out great. “

“Fake it till you make it. I swear I walk around like I know exactly what I’m doing, where I’m going…even when I don’t.”

“I’m fully aware that the world can be a very dangerous place. Instead of living in fear, I do my best to play it safe – both at home & abroad. Sharing these tips for those that live alone or those who may want to travel alone.”


Check out more from Ciara here.

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