I was once belong to this group. Although I’m not anymore, I am eager to share my experience during my few years often traveling alone. Yet, you ladies may have traveled alone more extensively. Please free to chip in!
1. A stranger come to you out of nowhere saying they only want to make friends. Classic pick-up line. You tend to get attention when you are traveling alone, especially in certain places. The fact that some of us have Asian-looking may contribute to the curiosity. And then BAM, suddenly a stranger come to you. He only wants to make friends. Yes, whatever. I normally put a straight face, walk faster, ignore the stranger completely. Some of you may argue that you get this a lot in some places in Jakarta, like in Sabang, Kebon Kacang, and Kampung Bali.
2. Somebody trying to cheat on you. The fact that you are a female may encourage some people to cheat on you, like a cabbie, tuk-tuk driver, etc. Happened to me in Bangkok when a tuk-tuk driver tried to rip me off and I totally kicked his ass. Also happened in the Philippines. We are female, not dumb! And for God’s sake, we do read Lonely Planet and did some browsing before departing.
3. You get a special treatment. It may vary from a discounted room to free flow coffee and tea. The staff brings your backpack, explaining a lot of things without being asked, fetching you a cup of tea, and those kinds of things.
4. Somebody inviting you for a drink. This is different with point 1. This somebody at least tries to know you a bit before asking you out. A nice-looking Briton sat next to me aboard flight from Luang Prabang to Bangkok. We actually had a lot of chat about many things from work to books to weird in-flight food we had. He finally asked me to join him for a drink in Bangkok politely. I kinda sorry I turned down his invitation. Then-boyfriend (now-husband), look I was being faithful to you!
5. People think you are lonely. And you are like, “I’m so NOT!” They offer this and that, invite you to mingle etc. I had this experience mostly when I traveled within the country. Never occured to locals that I am alone, but not lonely. And that I travel alone because I enjoy so.
6. You are a writer or on sabbatical phase, like post-divorce or broken heart. A female traveling alone who doesn’t want t mingle must be on one of this phase. That’s what the staff in Tanjung Kelayang Belitung asked me. I’m neither. I just wanted to travel, and I did not care if I did it by myself. It is as much fun as traveling with partner.