Woman solo traveler and the remote Flores usually don’t stand next to each other in one sentence. When you think about Flores, a frontier in Indonesia, SEA, you would probably think about think jungles and rough roads. And the mystery of the unknown usually leads to a believe that the road is unsafe. Especially for women who travel alone. So, would a Komodo tour Flores be a good idea for women solo traveler? Could you explore the beaten path without male companion?
It’s true that Flores is rougher than other popular destinations in Indonesia, due to the landscape and development delays. And yes, it’s less inhabited and way less crowded than the neighbouring Bali. But there’s no need to postpone a visit to this beautiful destination just because you choose to be alone. Here, we are going to give you some guidance on safe travel thorough Flores and back again with wonderful memories.
Let’s Face the Challenge
There’s no point in denying that a female traveler usually get more unwanted attentions than a man. You would be seen as an easy target—either for a crime or a tout. What you want to do is arranging strategies to face it, so you could come prepared.
White Lies Are Okay
On arranging a Komodo tour Flores, you will need to book a slot in Komodo liveaboard to get you sail around the Komodo National Park. The trip usually last from 2 to 7 days, depend on the boat and your preference. To find the trip that suits you, you’ll need to do some research on Komodo operators, meet them in their office, and sometimes go down to the port to see the boat with your own eyes. And this is the time when you would likely be swarmed by operators who want to scouts you.
In this time, it’s okay (and often times, highly recommended) to throw some white lies. Tell them you are waiting for friends for approval. If someone insist to offer you a ride, tell that your husband is waiting at the hotel. Never give any idea that you are really alone.
Pick A Trusty Komodo Tour Flores Operator
A credible Flores tour operator is the key of safety! Pick a liveaboard that really meet your standard. They should have good facilities, good safety standard, and are professional with their works. Never take a shady tour just because they offer cheaper prices.
Try Making Friends with Locals or Other Foreigners
What’s our purpose on travelling solo again? Yes, the opportunity to see the world and make friends along the way! We love to strike up a random, meaningful conversation with people we meet on the street. Having a local friend is very helpful to protect you from scam and getting useful local insight. It’s good to be friend with another local foreigner as well. Most of the time, scammers and assaulters tend to leave you alone when you are with a companion.
Arrange Komodo Tour Flores in the Day Light
Arriving in a new place alone after dark is a recipe for a disaster. The streets are emptier and travel options are fewer. Try your best to arrive in Labuan Bajo during the daylight, have your accommodation arranged prior to arrival, and get a reputable taxi to get you there. Or use the hotel-airport pickup service. If you wish to expand your Komodo tour by exploring the mainland Flores (not just sailing the national park), better do it during the daylight.
Hostels Are Safe!
To be honest, hostels are one of the safest place for solo travelers—either male and female. There’s an unspoken conduct between travelers on all round the world to keep each other safe in a hostels. It’s also a great place to share Flores travelling stories with each other! The Labuan Bajo is now growing with pretty, modern hostels that you can choose.
So bon voyage, wayfarers! Remember to be safe, always.