Jan 08

Travel Colombia – Why women should travel alone!

Jumping for joy in Tolima. See, solo travel ain't so bad.


Single? Female? Have itchy feet and keen to travel Colombia? Well, let me let you in on a bit of a secret girls – Colombia is calling.

Being a single female and deciding to travel to Colombia alone was definitely one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but also one of the most fun.

Travelling alone as a female can be daunting, but travelling and living in Colombia alone? You’ve got to be kidding right? No way!

Here are a few reasons why being a single travelling female works in your favor and why you shouldn’t be scared to take the leap to travel abroad alone.



We’re not threatening

Wait a minute, being non-threatening is supposed to be a good thing? Well yeah, it is. A blonde girl with a backpack is as non-threatening  as they come and as long as you’re in areas that are busy, aren’t dangerous and you’re doing your exploring during the day, chances are things are going to work out fine. Obviously just because you’re non-threatening doesn’t mean you should walk around alone at night or in areas you aren’t familiar with or comfortable in. But it does mean that people aren’t going to be threatened by you and act aggressive toward you without reason.

Travelling solo allows you to connect with beautiful people.
Travelling solo allows you to connect with beautiful people.


People are more likely to help us and trust us

Colombians are very proud of their country and are very willing to ensure you have a good impression and a great stay while visiting their home. You’ll undoubtedly get the chance to meet some incredibly friendly people and, as long as you are also friendly and welcoming back, they are very likely to go out of their way to help you when you need it. Being approachable and trustworthy also allows you to connect with people and make people feel comfortable when you want to photograph them too. Especially kids and dogs.

Dogs and small children couldn't care less about blonde Australian girls taking their photo.
Dogs and small children couldn’t care less about blonde Australian girls taking their photo.


We make friends easily with both men and women

Being a woman, it can be incredibly easy making friends with both sexes. Whether that means you meet fellow travelers on a bus or at the hostel bar, it can be very easy for a lone woman to make friends with groups or other lone travelers. Spot a friendly group or a foreign-looking person and go up and say hi. Travelling alone doesn’t actually mean you ever really have to travel alone, so start making friends.


Making friends!
Making friends!


We can blend in easily

Buy some tight jeans and some big dangly earrings, pop on some eye makeup and voilá, you’re Colombian! Well, maybe not. But we can blend in remarkably well when we want to. Learn some Spanish before you get here so when you head to the shops or jump into a taxi you don’t feel vulnerable or uncomfortable and then you can work on blending in. If you’re a blondie like me, this is going to be harder, but just say you’re from Medellín!

Time to get reflective in Choconta.
Time to get reflective in Choconta.


You’ll learn to be independent

Sure, you’re probably already independent. Taking the plunge to travel solo has already proven that, but traveling alone as a woman in Colombia will keep you on your toes and will also force you to make pressing decisions. You won’t have anyone else around to make them for you. You’ll be on the road, listening to your gut, following your instincts and ultimately turning into the best, or worst-cum-best, version of yourself.

I have had to ask for forgiveness a couple of times, we all make mistakes right?
I have had to ask for forgiveness a couple of times, we all make mistakes right?


Be Open

You are going to have to learn to be open and accept things as they are or else you’ll be eager to jump on the next flight back “home”. Being a solo female traveler in Colombia means you’re going to have to accept your surroundings, be alert and trust strangers, cautiously of course. You’ll reinvent yourself, you’ll learn to love your own company, you’ll fall in love, make bad choices and do things that you never thought you would ever have the guts to do. Travelling solo anywhere is fun and scary but travelling solo as a women in Colombia is one of the best things you could ever choose to do.

Solo travel will give you the opportunity to do crazy stuff you never thought you'd be able to do.
Solo travel will give you the opportunity to do crazy stuff you never thought you’d be able to do.


Animal instincts

Us women, and of course you guys too, have some serious animal instincts going on so be sure to listen to them. Don’t take anything for granted and even when you think you can let your guard down, always stay alert. And that goes for whether you are travelling Colombia, or anywhere else in the world. Listen to your instincts, do your research before you travel and stay safe, but ultimately go out, enjoy yourself and get the most out of your trip.

Sarah taking a dip during the hike to La Ciudad Perdida - pre mosquito alergic reaction
Sarah taking a dip during the hike to La Ciudad Perdida – pre mosquito alergic reaction




10 thoughts on “Travel Colombia – Why women should travel alone!

    Annepom on

    Reassuring to find an article like this, even if it is from 2 years ago, I guess not much changed hopefully. I have travelled as a solo woman in South-East Asia before for months and found it was really safe and easy, but haven’t been to South America. Also,this time, I am planning to bring my tent, sleeping bag, mattress, to do treks self-sufficiently. How safe is it for a solo woman to hike in Colombia? That worries me more than easy backpacking where we constantly meet people in hostels and transport. What do you think? And are there websites to meet travel buddies who are also hikers? Arriving there early July and going South for 6 months. Looking forward to seeing South America! 🙂
    Thanks for your answer.


    Lohlea on

    What about jogging on your own in SA if you’re a girl?


      Chris on

      Hi Lohlea,

      Although I’m not a girl, I think it’s about being smart (as it usually is over here). Bogota has beautiful parks full of joggers in the mornings, and the Sunday ciclovia (when roads are closed) is always rammed. Just exercise due caution, and maybe don’t jog through certain areas at night


    Rasheeda on

    I would love to travel here. My family keep telling me that it’s not safe for an American woman to travel to Colombia alone because it’s dangerous.


      Chris on

      Hi Rasheeda,

      Your family obviously have your best interests in mind, but travelling to Colombia as an American woman is not as dangerous as all that. I have several female American friends who live and work in Bogota, and have met many solo female travellers during my time here. Exercise proper caution and be aware of your surroundings and you’ll find Colombia to be a magical and exciting country. Your only problem will be wanting to come back.



    Alexandra on

    I’m from colombia, and I lived there for 3 years in Medellin and now that I am in South Carolina, I’m yearning for my country!


    Britany on

    I’m a female solo traveler in Colombia and I’m loving it! I wasn’t crazy about Bogota but now that I’m in Medellin, I’m absolutely in love. I’ll return to Bogota to give it another shot at some point but I wanted to find a city I was comfortable with to begin my trip. Can’t wait to see the rest of this amazing country!!


      Paul on

      Yeh Bogotá takes some getting used to, but once you do you’ll love it we promise!


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