As a woman, you do not have to wait around for company to enjoy a trip. As a woman solo traveler looking for a true challenge and adventure, you cannot go wrong with a tour to the Middle East. From the unbelievably delicious food and snacks, the nightlife in the UAE, Shisha culture, and lovely architecture in Morocco, the Middle East and Arab countries remain fantastic destinations. Going to the Middle East alone will arouse fear and concern among your friends and family, but you can still make it work if you take all the necessary safety precautions.
The Middle East stands out from any other destination because of the cultural dynamics surrounding gender. Be aware of the social norms of the country you intend to visit and avoid transgressing these rules. For instance, restaurants and beaches will have ‘family’ sections for parties with women and kids, or ‘men only’ where only men are allowed to relax. While many hotels and restaurants that are tourist-oriented will not have these designations, always look out for these. Also, watch your back at all times, and hold on to your bag securely as you stroll the streets. Generally, avoid looking lost; confidence is the best way to keep predators at bay.
Talk To Other Women If You Need Assistance
When in doubt, talk to other local women around you. You can also stand or sit with them in case you feel uncomfortable. You can always ask a woman for directions or the amount to pay for parking or entry fees to a certain attraction. Often, they will even go out of their way to assist you in ensuring your safety.
Reduce The Attention You Draw To Yourself
In many countries in the Middle East, it is not common for women to be out on their own, and solo travelers should, therefore, expect some stares. Start by blending in as much as possible; dress decently to cover your body and wear appropriate shoes, and cover your hair if traveling to especially volatile communities. Dressing appropriately will also show that you value their culture. If things escalate to unwanted advances or being followed, find the local tourist police in the city center. These authorities take complaints and threats against tourists very seriously.
Have A Backup Plan
You can lose your credit cards or money on any trip you take, which is why a backup plan is vital, especially in a place like the Middle East. Take scans of your passport and other important travel documents, upload them to your email, stuff 5 $20 notes into old vitamin pills, and then top it up with old pills.
Visiting the Middle East as a solo woman traveler will make for an unforgettable experience. Despite the common depiction of terror and fear, there are many cultural and historical sites and attractions in Arabic countries, and all you need to enjoy these are a few tips at the back of your mind.