There is nothing wrong for women to go solo travel. It is fun and can be a memorable experience to do. It is common to hear a stigma that says women are more vulnerable than men. It can be in some senses but it doesn’t mean women cannot go travel alone. What women can do to have a safe trip is be more prepared and know where to go.
Indonesia for solo female travelers
It is true that travelling alone put you in more risk to danger. However, it won’t get you anywhere if you keep being anxious. Besides, solo travel can give you life lesson you might not get anywhere. Solo travel teaches you to be more independent, open-minded, brave, and many more. As for destination, Indonesia is relatively safe for solo female travelers. Here are what you should prepare if you are woman who are planning for a solo travel to Indonesia:
Pack the right essentials. Indonesia is not always sunny. Indonesia is a tropical country with two seasons, dry and wet. It is highly recommended to visit Indonesia during dry season. However, the average climate in Indonesia is relatively pleasant. You can pack casual, comfortable clothes such as t-shirt, jeans, shorts, shirts, and jacket. If you visit Muslim populated are, make sure to dress in modest attire to show your respect. Avoid wearing too revealing clothes if you are entering religious sites.
Transportation mode in Indonesia is quite organized and varied. You can take buses to get around the city. However, be prepared with some buses without air conditioning. Also, public buses may get you stuck in the crowd because they tend to stuff as many people as possible into the bus. Be aware of your surroundings especially when you are in public transportation because pick-pocketing is quite common in Indonesia. Wear your backpack in front to keep your belongings safe. Hitchhiking is not recommended when you travel in Indonesia.
Walking around in Indonesia is relatively safe but you have to watch where you walk. Pedestrian in Indonesia is not very safe since motorbike riders often use the sidewalk to cut the line of the traffic. Avoid wearing bag near on the side near the street to prevent yourself from bag-snatching.
Solo female travelers may attract more attention when walking around the street in Indonesia. Cat-calling is quite common especially to foreign female travelers. However, they are relatively harmless and you can just ignore them. Do not try to respond or make a scene. Just keep walking and avoid confrontation.
Choose the best destination for solo female travelers in Indonesia. Just like any other countries, some areas might have more potential of danger for female travelers. In Indonesia, there are quite many regions where solo female travelers can get around safely such as Bali, Yogyakarta, and Bandung. These places are more welcoming to foreign travelers and have relatively low crime rates. Jakarta, which is the capital city of Indonesia is not that safe for solo travelling especially for women.