I am grateful I have the opportunity to do this journey. But I am especially grateful that although I am on a budget, I do have sufficient funds to be able to afford safe accommodation every night.
I am a member of a Facebook group where solo female travellers post looking for someone to host them for a night or two. Most are just travellers looking to save money and/or connect with a local, but sometimes the messages are genuinely scary - young women looking for someone to offer them a safe haven because their previous place ended up being a scary situation or they are trying to avoid spending a night at a bus station or wandering the streets.
While I do look for budget accomodations, I know that I could throw money at the problem if I had to to keep me safe. That's reassuring thought.