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Savannah, Georgia is a beautiful, historic city full of southern charm. It landed on my travel list immediately after my first trip to Charleston, as there are similarities between the two cities.
I enjoyed checking this destination off of my list last fall.
Have you wondered about solo travel to Savannah? Wonder no more! I have all the info about exploring this city on your own.
Preparing for Solo Travel to Savannah
As with any solo adventure, begin with research.
What are the best areas to stay in? Does the city have a historical downtown? What activities are most important to you? What public transportation does the area have? Do you want to take any tours?
I started with a notebook and Google. In researching the best accommodations, I looked for a unique hotel in the historic district. A map, either online or a paper version, was valuable for pinpointing the accommodations and seeing what’s of interest in the area. I also read hotel reviews and blog posts by other solo travelers who have visited Savannah, to see what they recommend.
Hotel Indigo perfectly fit my needs. You can read about this fun hotel HERE.
Once I knew where I was staying, I made a list of activities I wanted to experience, tours I wanted to take part in and restaurants that offer vegan options. I booked three tours before I traveled. And carried my list of intended activities and restaurants to try with me.
Safety Tips for Solo Travel to Savannah
Is Savannah safe for solo travelers…and especially female solo travelers?
The simple answer is yes! I found the city very safe and never felt afraid or uncomfortable, exploring on my own.
Use the following safety tips for your solo adventure to Savannah.
Know the City
Use the map to get familiar with the streets, squares and landmarks near your hotel. I took my fave illustrated map of Savannah with me. Although I had practically memorized it before I traveled, I still studied it every night as I planned the next day. Actually walking in the city helped me to clarify what I could see on the map.
I selected my hotel based on its location to River Street and the historic district. And I chose the restaurants based on their location to the hotel.
I took an Uber from the airport to the hotel. My driver asked if I was traveling alone or meeting someone in the city. When I shared I was a solo traveler he gave me some advice. “Stay within the historic district and DO NOT cross Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and you’ll be just fine.” And he was right. I was.
Make Use of Public Transportation
My first day in Savannah, I rode the hop on/hop off trolleys. These tours are valuable for two reasons. They provide historical insights about Savannah and they give a wonderful overview of the city. The hop on/hop off trolleys cost a minimal amount. You can pay to ride for one day or up to three. One day is usually enough for me.
The rest of my stay in Savannah I explored on foot. Or, if time was tight and the distance I needed to cover was great, I rode the free trolley that Savannah provides. My illustrated map included these trolley routes. I also picked up a schedule from the visitor center.
I didn’t require a taxi or Uber while in Savannah, until my ride back to the airport. However, I’ve used these to get back to my accommodations after dark in other cities.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Get Where You are Going
Speaking of time, give yourself plenty to get to your activity, tour or restaurant, especially when walking.
I did a trial run, walking to the location for a night time ghost tour. I wanted to make sure I arrived on time to board the tour bus. But also, I wanted to be familiar with the route since I’d walk back to the hotel in the dark. Familiarity eases fear and reduces stress so note landmarks. And I arrived early for my lunch reservation at the Olde Pink House so that I could explore Reynolds Square and take photos without feeling rushed.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings at All Times
Awareness is important. I’m not talking about paranoia here. Rather, use common sense and your other senses to stay aware of your location and what’s nearby and who is nearby.
Keep your head up as you explore, rather than head down with eyes on your phone, unless you are using GPS. Note landmarks and read street signs. Also, obey any signage that you see.
If something makes you nervous, move away from it. Carry a cross body bag with your phone tucked into it or an under the jacket security bag.
If you are out after dark, walk in well lit areas and join a group of people walking in the same direction, if possible.
My only after dark activity was the ghost tour. I familiarized myself with the location of the start and stop point, which was on River Street. I walked back to my hotel completely at ease. River Street is busy in the evenings so it is well lit with many restaurants and shops lining the street. Because it is 40 feet lower than Bay Street, where Indigo Hotel is located, it’s necessary to climb stairs to reach the upper street. Thankfully, on a trolley ride, the driver “just happened” to point out an outdoor elevator that goes between River and Bay Streets. It was well lit at night and kept me from having to climb steep stone steps in the dark.
For me, trust is a big part of solo travel. Thoughts are energy and what we think draws more of the same. I trust that all will go well and that I am safe. And I do not allow myself to give in to fear.
I have a couple of wonderful examples of how trust and following my intuition helped me in Savannah.
My first morning, as I walked to the Visitor’s Center to catch the hop on/hop off bus, I approached MLK Jr Boulevard. I remembered what my Uber driver said. Suddenly I felt I should turn left at the corner rather than walking on to the boulevard.
Immediately I spotted a kiosk for the hop on/hop off trolley! It was stop number three and it turns out it was located a block and a half from my hotel.
And on my last full day in the city, I enjoyed a long walking tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. The tour guide picked up guests at their hotels, which is a wonderful service. After the tour, I knew I wanted to see the last few Savannah squares on my list. I also knew those final three squares were far from my hotel. As the tour guide headed back into Savannah from the cemetery, he turned to me (I was riding in the front of the van with him) and asked if he could drop me off somewhere other than my hotel.
Wow! I felt so grateful. Tim dropped me off close to one of the squares and from there I easily found the other two AND had time for a leisurely walk down beautiful Jones Street.
Don’t Hesitate to Go and Do
Just because you are traveling solo, don’t miss out on activities, tours and dining out. Go alone. It boosts confidence to set out alone, eat alone or join a group tour as a solo.
People talked to me on the hop on/hop off and the ghost tour and I talked to them. I got invited to join a table of ladies for a meal so I didn’t “have to eat alone”. I thanked them, assuring them that I enjoy dining alone.
A woman, or man, who dines alone or goes to movies and other activities alone can accomplish anything! Trust me. And go do the thing you want to do…alone.
Savannah is Safe for Solo Travel
If you are thinking of a solo trip to Savannah, I encourage you to go for it! Do your planning, follow the safety tips, trust that all is well and that you are capable and then, have fun. Go see what you want to see and do what you want to do.
Take lots of photos. And as with any travel, have a contact person at home that you stay in touch with, so your family knows you are doing well.
Do you have any questions about solo travel to Savannah? Ask in the comments below.
Vegan? Check out Vegan Eats in Savannah
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