Traveling poses enough dangers by itself, but even more so when you are a woman traveling alone.
Some of the dangers can be related to the journey but the rest can happen when you are in a foreign land with a different culture.
Some places also have higher crime rates than others, so tourists need to be more careful.
However, fear should not stop you from exploring the world, nor should the need for a companion. After all, solo travel is more than just the new trend, it is an opportunity for you to learn more about the great big world and discover yourself as well.
When it comes to safety, there is no 100% assurance. Security in road trips is easier to manage because you can bring your gun along with you. Just make sure you check the state laws of your destination.
Traveling to other countries is of course a different matter since bringing a firearm is not allowed on planes, which poses a different problem.
Being prepared can reduce the risk significantly and allow you to have a great time on your trip. Just follow these tips and be confident that you can discover the world in safety.
Do Your Research
Some people prefer to just make basic arrangements and research before the trip, preferring to do the legwork when they arrive at the destination. While this might be more exciting, it is actually also more dangerous. Research is very important not just in finding the best deals, it helps you plan your trip as well so that you have a safe travel.
When booking a hotel, it is vital that you find out about the neighborhood where your place is, to ensure that it is in an area where you can walk along the streets at night. You should also research where the airport or train station is, and how to get from there to your accommodation. Read about safety, public transportation, and even health risks before flying.
Know What To Do With Your Valuables
At best, keep most of your valuables at home and do not bring them with you. This way, you reduce your luggage and keep them safe from damage or loss. But since it is impossible nowadays to travel without your basic gadgets, make sure they are with you when you are in transit. Never put them in checked luggage.
When seeing the city during the day, just bring a little bit of cash and a debit card, keeping the rest in your accommodation’s lockers or safes.
Don’t Trust Strangers
Making friends while traveling is part of the experience, but remember what your mom says about strangers. You may talk to them, travel with them and dine with them, but it does not mean you should start trusting them with your life. Traveling with new friends is fun, but do not be desperate enough that you would take a risk being with someone who may potentially be a criminal.
Watch Your Drink
Getting drunk is the easiest way for criminals to find you. They can see from a mile away if you are too drunk and therefore, a target of robbery or rape. Staying away from alcohol will keep you safe. You should also always keep an eye on your drink, to make sure no one is putting anything on it.
Try Not To Stand Out
Checking the local clothes stores is always a great idea to find pieces that will make you mix into the crowd. Blending in is vital so you do not stick out in the group. You can also be sure that you will not turn into a target of crime. A plus is that you might even score local prices (in some places, there are higher “tourist” cards.)
Spend Money On a Safe and Other Measures
If you have the money for it, rent a safe or invest on items that will keep your valuables safe. You should even decide to splurge this money on yourself. For example, if you are in a seedy location and walking home seems dangerous, then splurge on that taxi. Or simply pay more for a hotel that is not in the scary part of the city. It might seem costlier at the beginning, but your safety and peace of mind are actually worth it.
Have A Backup Plan
Even if you just have a clumsy moment and lose your wallet, this is already a disaster if you lose all those valuable things inside, like credit cards etc. You need to be prepared for the worst case scenario like health problems, lost valuables or simply running out of money. Keep a hidden compartment with copies of your IDs and cards and most important, emergency money.
Get Travel Insurance
The little amount you spend is nothing compared to the thousands of dollars you might need for hospital bills, for example. The more comprehensive it is, the better insured you are. Even your valuables might be included, so just get one and you will never have to fear being robbed of your laptop.
Look Busy and Well-traveled
Solo travel is not for the wide-eyed innocent. Standing in the middle of the street with a huge map of the city screams “Rob me!” in some countries. To look normal, do not loiter or appear lost. If you are going somewhere, do your research and do not look like you are traveling solo.
Check In Regularly
Make sure you have a schedule to always check in with family and friends. Inform them of your travel plans, so that they can keep track of you. Instruct them on what to do just in case you are unreachable so that they know when something is amiss and what to do in this situation.
Trust Your Instincts And Say No
You can hone your gut instincts here, helping you avoid perverted people. If you are a woman traveling solo, use it to gauge every stranger you meet. If you don’t feel right about someone and he invites you for coffee, then do not hesitate to say no and go back to your safe zone.
Just because you are a woman, it doesn’t mean you should stay at home and stare at the ceiling. Traveling can still be a memorable, safe, and wonderful experience if you follow these 11 steps for a worry- and hassle-free trip.