QUOTE(gnmf1 @ Apr 14 2008, 10:33 PM)
I've just joined the forum and was about to put up the exact same post! I too am a 25 yr old female travelling solo and am coming to SA in may, landing in Chile and hoping to go to Bolivia, argentina and home from Brazil.
So, having done it, do you have any advice or tips on routes, transport, safety etc?? Did you meet many other females travelling alone?
Welcome aboard! Your trip sounds great too! You know, the best advice is to keep your eyes and ears open and your wits about you and still have fun too! Common sense goes a long
way. It's not fun to travel paranoid and not everyone is out to get you, but the reality is your an easier target for people looking to scam you etc. I'd personally get a good guide book for the areas you're traveling to. Read up on the safety sections and become familiar with common scams in different parts of the world. You could also get info online easily, just google it. This will get your mind more in tune to what you need to be aware of.
You will meet tons
of people, I can promise you that. I met all kinds of people, both male and female. A few I traveled with here and there, some I met in passing and had great conversations with. You'll definitely meet all kinds of like-minded people. You don't have to worry at all about that!
As for routes, to each his own. Start off with some places you know you'd like to see. Check it all out on a map and plan your journey your way. Each journey is as unique as the person. In other cases you'll end up on the beaten track and there's nothing wrong with that either. The beaten track is usually the one full of the top attractions and if you've never been you'll want to see them. Plus, the beaten track can e a nice place for a first-time stint overseas
My most common mode of transport in all those places, I'd say, is bus, especially South America. In SEA, for the longer hauls, I prefer the train. Some people prefer to fly, which is easy and cheap too. Up to you. Just rest assured that everything you need will be accessible to you.
Have a great time