Q & A: Tips for Women Traveling Solo in Ireland
Do you have any tips for women traveling alone in Ireland? Do you recommend it?
–Sylvia via Facebook
There are no specific travel warnings for women traveling alone in Ireland, and I’d say the women I know who have done it tell some of the most amazing stories from their travels.
Also, there are no social downfalls to being an unaccompanied female traveler in Ireland. You might surprise a few people, but you won’t be treated poorly. In fact, you’ll probably get some special attention.
In other good news, Irish mammies have taught their sons it’s better to use charm over aggression with the ladies. Even if you consider both attitudes sexist, it’s usually easier to deal with a guy who wants to be nice than a mean jerk.
The usual solo travel tips apply… stick to public places, let someone know where you are going, keep your alcohol intake in check, pack light, and if you’re in an uncomfortable situation don’t worry about being rude, just get out.
Our readers were generous with their suggestions as well (add your tips in the comments section):
- Get a traveling purse that has the uncuttable strap if you want to carry it on your shoulder. — Bette via Facebook
- Ladies DO IT!!! I am heading out on my second solo trip rambling around Ireland next week!!! Tips: international phone for security and journal the whole trip. — Lora Lee via Facebook
- Wear sensible shoes and walk A LOT!!! I came home 10 pounds lighter. B&Bs are great..you meet people and get lots of information. — Lora Lee via Facebook
- Use a bra pouch (small zippered pouch that attaches to your bra strap, and is worn inside your bra), makes you pickpocket proof. Walk strong with a purpose if you feel iffy. Wear your purse across your chest, not just on your shoulder, and get a cable strap or chain strap. Don’t tell strangers where you are staying. Actually, for a good idea of what NOT to do, watch the first half hour of Liam Neeson’s film Taken. — Christy via Facebook
- As for having fun part – drink at the bar, not at a table. Get included in conversations, enjoy yourself! If you don’t like sitting alone, bring a notepad — a book will keep people from talking to you, but writing notes in a pad is less intimidating, and doesn’t make you look so alone — Christy via Facebook
- If you are going someplace remote (exploring beach caves, climbing a mountain) and you are alone, let your B&B host/hostess know, or someone else, in case you get injured or lost, they know you haven’t come back, and where to look for you. — Christy via Facebook
- I stayed in hostels and met a lot of people to hang out with. My only regret is that I didn’t see the giant causeway. — Antonette via Facebook
- I have been solo to Ireland 2 times now — Dublin, Belfast & Derry. I stayed in B/B’s and used public transportation (buses, taxi’s etc..). I NEVER had a bit of trouble. Ireland is the friendliest place I know. Everyone I asked a question of or had the pleasure to talk to was absolutely wonderful. — Laury via Facebook
- Bring an umbrella-ella-ella! — @SlainteMoChara via Twitter (actually, I recommend a waterproof jacket… it’s better in the wind)
- Sheila Lamb wrote this bit over at BootsnAll – Girl Travel – Ireland