Traveling as a female-identified student can pose unique opportunities and challenges. There are many religious and cultural differences that can impact women while traveling or studying off campus. Please use the links and websites below to assist in preparing for your time off campus.
Diversity Abroad – Women Abroad
Journey Woman – The Premier Travel Resource for Women
The U.S. State Department – Information for Women Travelers
Title IX Policies for Oles Off Campus
Tips for Solo Women Travelers in Europe
Transitions Abroad – Best Women Travel Websites
U Go Gurl – Resource for Black/African American Women
Solo Female Travel: Lessons Learned from 33 Expert Women Travelers – Asked all respondents “What is the one most valuable lesson you have learned about traveling safely as a woman from a personal experience?”. Links to 33 women’s travel blogs.
– Research your destination. Know what to expect in terms of religious or cultural traditions and gender norms for the host community. Are there areas of the host community (country or city) that have travel restrictions/you should avoid?
– Be thoughtful about packing. What items do you need while on your program? Can you reasonably get them in country? Think: birth control options, feminine hygiene brands/options, cosmetic/body care brand/options, etc.
– What are the cultural norms in terms of dating, sex, friendships, etc.
– Speak with local women or those who have traveled to the host community before – what are their insights, advice, and/or recommendations?
– If you experience cat-calling, harassment, sexual misconduct/assault, abuse, or other forms of gender-based discrimination or crimes, how do you report them locally and back to campus, if you want to report them? Remember that crime definitions and reporting processes can vary by country. Be aware of what options you may have in your host country.
– What does women’s heath look like in the host community? If you need medical attention, what are your options?
– What do STI prevention, birth control, and safe sex practices look like in the host community? How is utilizing these services or sex outside of marriage perceived in the host community?