Solo Female travel has been on the rise for years, and with the recent skyrocketing popularity of RV travel, you can bet that more female RVers are going at it on their own. Many people think that’s crazy, but the reality is that it’s as normal as any other travel. You simply need common sense, an open mind, and an adventurous spirit.
Many ladies who are considering the RV lifestyle on their own have questions. Among them: Would I feel safe going it alone? Where do I start? What if something bad happens? Won’t I be lonely?
When you’re traveling solo, one of the most often asked questions people ask you is “Aren’t you afraid for your safety?” Referring to “all the bad people out there.” And because stories of violence are so often reported in the media, it seems like these bad people are all over and in great numbers. They aren’t. Far and away most people are good, but you rarely see a random act of kindness ever make the front page of a newspaper.
Ask any solo female traveler and she’ll tell you: they don’t feel like the world is any less safe on the road than anywhere else. You take a risk every time you walk out of your house. The only way you would stay safe is if you never went anywhere, and what kind of life is that?
These female solo RV travelers will tell you many examples of kind strangers (many of them fellow RVers) who will invite you over for dinner, to join them at an event, or loan out tools when you need to work on your RV.
Being able to go on adventures and experience all life has to offer – on your terms. How cool is that? But of course, that comes with its own responsibilities. Most of what keeps you safe on the road is good ol’ fashioned common sense.
And a few healthy tips along the way!
- Never stop at campgrounds or rest stops that are empty. Move on to the next one.
- When overnighting somewhere other than a campground, such as a Wal-Mart parking lot (many Wal-Marts welcome RV travelers to spend a night) try to park in a well-lit area where security cameras are likely.
- Always lock your doors at night.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, and if you find yourself in a situation that “feels off” don’t be afraid to move on.
- Trust your gut, above all.
- Carry a can of mace and an air horn. If you ever get in a bad situation, these handy tools will greatly delay an assailant or call attention to the situation.
- Carry a large flashlight that can double as a weapon when you need to go out at night.
- Having a dog also helps! Not only as a safety measure but also as a good companion.
- Learn as much as you can about your RV before you start living in it. Research the internet, take a class, and read your RV manuals. Find someone who has the same RV you do and pick their brain for tips. Join an online forum community for the type of RV you have or plan to get. These communities are not only a type of social outlet, they are an invaluable resource for asking all sorts of questions.
- Try to have an emergency fund available at all times. So if you experience a breakdown, have a sudden large RV repair bill, or get sick, you can draw from that.
Remember, fear comes from a lack of information or understanding. The more you know, the more likely you are to overcome any fears you may have. Start small with weekend trips, then week-long trips, etc. You’ll become more confident each time.
As for “bad stuff happening,” rest assured it will at some point. But if you use the tips above, always be aware of your surroundings, and trust your gut, you will prevail. As time goes on, you’ll become more self-reliant and much more confident in your abilities to live the life you want.