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“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
As a solo female traveller, I’ve heard it all.
“Aren’t you scared?”
“You’re going alone?”
“Watch your purse!”
As much as I appreciate the concern, I do get tired of hearing it. It’ll never change though. It’s a constant occurrence from those in my life. It’s not a bad thing though, I guess? 😉
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Travelling as a solo female is anything, but scary to me. Travelling alone to me is invigorating, exciting and something I need to do a few times a year out of necessity for mental clarity and just to fully gather my thoughts. Travelling solo is therapeutic for me. A chance to grow. A chance to learn. A change of scenery, the struggle getting by with a new language thrown at me as soon as I exit the plane, the names of different cuisines presented to me upon entering a restaurant, the curious locals asking where I’m from and what I am doing visiting their country and everything in between, make solo travel what it is for me. An absolute must.
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Poland, a massive country within Central (not Eastern) Europe has everything a traveller could want. Bustling cities, remote villages and quaint towns are in abundance through this incredibly magnificent country.
With that being said, the real question is this… Is Poland safe for solo female travellers?
Without a doubt in my mind, the answer is YES!
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I spent a full 3 weeks travelling from north to south, east to west. Big cities such as Warsaw grabbed my attention and dazzled me with the tall skyscrapers, bustling traffic and comforted me with its spectacular and quiet Old Town. Smaller cities such as Poznań, Gdańsk and Wrocław wowed me with their beautiful architecture, delicious foods, friendly people and pedestrian friendly streets. Small mountain villages such as Nowy Targ, Poronin and Zakopane left me speechless with their incredible mountain views, cozy chalets, green spaces and hiking trails.
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Not once during my travels throughout Poland did I feel unsafe. I spoke to locals, both young and old. Some of who I still speak with to this day. I never felt any hostility (even travelling during the Rona) and was only greeted with kindness.
Of course, I’d be naive to say that crime and unsafe areas of Poland don’t exist. While travelling, especially as a solo female, always make sure to be vigilant of your possessions, surroundings and trust your gut. The term “traveller’s gut” is a real thing and I’ve touched on it many times during my other posts regarding solo travel. If something, someone, or somewhere doesn’t feel right to you, remove yourself from the situation strategically and carefully. Oh, and take off the headphones while walking alone. 😉
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Here are some more tips for all those solo female travellers out there that are looking to explore somewhere new.
Where To Stay
Poland is chalk full of choices when it comes down to accommodations. During my time there, I stayed in everything ranging from hotels, pensions, chalets and apartments owned by locals. I felt safe in every place I stayed, even if there was no front desk, or security. I did some research on the areas that I stayed in and what my surroundings were to familiarize myself with the locations, attractions, restaurants etc. Some apartments have some poorly lit stairways, so just a heads up if you plan on going out at night.
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Getting Around Poland
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you know how much I love taking trains, buses and just walking around a new city. While travelling throughout Poland, my methods of transportation were solely by train and bus and I found both to be extremely safe. Polish train stations and bus stations were always well lit and the larger cities even had rail security (sometimes police) roaming around to keep an eye on anything suspicious, or out of the ordinary. The smaller towns and villages didn’t have security and some were even unmanned for the most part, but I didn’t once feel uneasy about my surroundings. Outside of most larger city’s train stations, you may come across some beggars, but they are harmless and don’t hassle you, even while walking alone. Even while walking around alone during all hours of the day and night, I never once felt unsafe, intimidated, or scared.
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Here are the Polish emergency numbers to save in your phone in case you find yourself in a less than ideal situation:
- 112 – This is the general emergency number (equivalent to our 911) that connects to Police, Fire and Ambulance.
- 999 – Ambulance
- 997 – Police
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Travelling alone, especially for the first time, may make you nervous, scared and intimidated. Hell, even I was nervous my first time travelling alone! Now I prefer it, go figure. 😉 Solo travel, whether male, or female, has risen exponentially during the last few years. More and more people are gathering the courage to book a ticket to a destination of their dreams without hesitation, which is incredible! I think everyone in their life should travel solo (and I mean SOLO… no group trips) even if it’s only once, to gain an outlook on life that is irreplaceable.
Have you guys ever travelled alone? Would you consider travelling solo in Poland after hearing about my experience? Let me know in the comments below! xo
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4 Replies to “Is Poland Safe To Travel To As A Solo Female Traveller?”
I love travelling solo. How was Poland as to the Rona? Where do you travel from?
Hi Kaja! Hope all is well. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I travelled to Poland last year (Oct-Nov 2020) during the Rona restrictions, which since have been lifted I believe and revised. When I travelled from Canada (via Toronto), at that time I didn’t have to quarantine upon arrival, or do any testing. They did make it a rule that masks had to be worn outside, which was VERY annoying and pointless lol. As long as you had it on your face, police didn’t care. I contacted the border security police in Warsaw to ask of any restrictions, rules etc and they were very nice and provided all the info. 🙂 I hope that helps.
Thank you so much for this great blog! It has reassured me a lot, I have booked a solo trip to Gdańsk tomorrow and although I am very excited and feel prepared I am slightly nervous as I arrive at my accommodation very late and it’s an apartment without a front desk. The instructions from the host however seem clear and he seems responsive. I’m planning on getting an Uber from the airport, do you have any advice? Thanks again!
Hi Sarah. Thanks for reaching out and I’m so glad this post helped you. I hope you made it alright to Gdańsk, as I see this message was sent a few days ago. Gdańsk is such a safe city. I never once felt unsafe. I hope you had/have the best time there. How long are you travelling in Gdańsk for? 🙂