In this article, we have prepared an interview from one of the reporters of Go! Girl Guides, a printed and online independent travel guide written by women for women. The guides do not only give their readers information about where to eat and drink in these countries, but also where to stay (in terms of safety and affordability), what to do, and volunteer options for those who want to help the Earth we live on. Many women throughout the world have either been interviewed or have contributed to writing articles for Go! Girl Guides for the sole purpose of helping other women be safe and have as much fun as possible during their travels.
On this occasion, the editors of the famous magazine have gathered a set of interesting tips for Solo Female Travellers in Argentina and that can be useful and inspiration for those who are close to traveling.
1. One of the most frequently asked questions asked by women traveling alone on travel forums is with regards to safety. How did you feel traveling alone in Argentina?
Generally, I felt very safe traveling alone in Argentina. There were moments when I definitely acted on instinct, and I think that it’s important not to hesitate when you get an uncomfortable feeling in a certain situation – whether it’s while walking, at a bar or in a hostel. It’s better to use caution and possibly insult someone, than to be caught in a precarious situation. I also never walked alone at night. There are plenty of other travelers to team up with on night-walks.
2. Do you have any special tips or advice on how to stay safe whilst traveling alone?
Try to walk like you are on a mission. Eyes forward, nice quick pace and as much as you are inclined to react to catcalls, just ignore them. The more attention you return, even if it’s a giggle, the more they will escalate the situation. (Side note: the catcalling in Argentina was generally harmless and actually quite pleasant most of the time).
Dress modestly and in neutral colors. There is no need to attract extra attention to yourself when you are traveling alone, as you will probably already stick out just by being from another country/culture.
3. What type of hostel accommodation have you found as the best or most comfortable as a solo traveler: mixed dorms, women only dorms or a private room?
I would definitely say women only dorms. I stayed in all three at some point and found that there is a feeling of safety in numbers and it’s a great way to meet other solo female travelers as well. The mixed dorms were fine too, I never ran into any real problems, but if the option is there for a female dorm, take it.
4. What are local´s reactions to you when you say you are girls traveling alone? For example, are they surprised or do they take it like a normal thing?
They were usually surprised. Many of them gave strict precautions, and seemed a little worried about me. I heard the same story over and over about the French girls who were murdered in Salta. It was an awful thing that happened, but you can’t let things like this inhibit you from experiencing life. We have to accept that in life at home or abroad, there are some things that are out of our control, so just use your brain and your instinct and enjoy life to its fullest.
5. Does traveling alone affect where or how you travel around Argentina?
Absolutely. You definitely have to stay on point. A big part of travel for many of us is enjoying the local food and drink. But you should really use restraint when drinking alcohol; the worst situation you could find yourself in is being drunk, alone and not in control of your surroundings.
6. What has been your scariest moment whilst traveling in Argentina? What was your happiest moment when you enjoyed being without the company of a guy?
Honestly, the scariest moment I had was during a bus ride from Puerto Iguazu to Corrientes. It was night time and raining like crazy. The bus had a leak in the roof, so all of the windows were fogged up (including the drivers windshield) and he was driving SUPER fast down a two-lane highway with impaired vision. It was kind of terrifying, but hey, we made it there.
One of my happiest moments was waking up in Corrientes at sunrise and walking down the river drinking coffee and enjoying the beautiful scene above the water. It was early in my trip and I had that overwhelming feeling of strength and peace at the same moment; empowered by my solitude and enjoying the landscapes of one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Thank you and happy travels!!