Tips as a Single Lady Traveling to an Arab Country

For those single lady travelers, this list was compiled by one of the single ladies working with Experience It Tours. These ideas come from years of experience. I hope you find them helpful.

Culturally Respectful Clothing

  • Dress appropriately, respect the culture – don’t wear anything skin-tight. Each country is different, but it’s generally best to at least cover your shoulders and knees and not wear anything too low cut
  • Tend toward the modest side on swim wear if you have the opportunity to swim
  • Bring your most comfortable walking shoes…you will do lots of walking!
  • Bring your feminine hygiene products with you

Interacting with Men

  • Be careful when making eye contact with men. Wearing sunglasses could be a good option.
  • Don’t be flirtatious!
  • Be prepared to answer the question “Are you married?” and “Why don’t you marry a man here?” often. It’s probably best to try to avoid the marriage topic as much as possible.
  • If you are traveling with a male friend or boyfriend, be aware the public display of affection is likely not acceptable

Helpful Social Cues

  • If invited to a home, remove your shoes upon entering
  • Always eat using your right hand only; your left hand is considered “unclean”
  • Be aware that drinking alcohol is not acceptable in most Muslim countries
  • Be aware that it is not acceptable for women to smoke in public in most Muslim countries
  • Trust the advice of your driver and/or tour guide…they will help you navigate the “do’s” and “don’ts” of the culture

Traveler Safety Tips

  • If you are ever walking alone without your tour guide, don’t linger too long in one place…know where you’re going and head there. It’s okay to engage in some conversation with shop owners when inside, but talking with men on the street is generally not acceptable when you’re on your own
  • Don’t go out alone at night
  • Don’t go off with someone you just met
  • Carry your money in a secure place
  • Be aware of whether or not you are traveling during Ramadan or any other major Muslim holidays
  • Take advantage of engaging with other travelers in your hotels or in restaurants…make new friends!

ENJOY your trip!! Be aware of your surroundings, but you don’t have to be fearful! Hospitality is one of North Africa’s strong points!