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Safety Tips for Women Travelling Solo

July 19 2018

Solo travel can be as safe as it is fun

Traveling solo is empowering because it reflects that you’re independent and living life on your own terms. In spite of what you may have heard, it is possible to be a woman and safely travel the world on your own. You just need to keep a few things in mind.

Research Well Before You Leave

Research is the norm for any travel plan but it’s especially necessary if you’re travelling solo. You want to know which are the areas you should avoid in the city that you’re travelling to, how their local transit works, the hospitals close to your lodging and whether the night-time situation changes. Read as many reviews as you can online about lodging and the places you want to visit.

Don’t Get Friendly Too Quickly

When you’re travelling all by yourself it will be tempting to join the tribe of friendly fellow travellers. While some such connections can turn into valuable friendships, others can end up with you being conned. You should not trust anyone easily and be alert and cautious while interacting with strangers.

Don’t trust someone you’ve just met with your bag that has your money and passport while you use the restroom. Don’t give away information about your lodging location or share your detailed itinerary.

Keep Your Valuables Safe

Prepare a day bag to include all your important belongings - wallet, medications, passport, and anything else you cannot imagine misplacing. Keep this bag with you at all times. Don’t check it into luggage at the airport, don’t leave it behind in your hotel room when you’re exploring the city, don’t let it out of your sight for even a minute.

Be Ready for the Worst

Don’t keep all your money in one place. Always keep an extra stash of money hidden away in a sock or some other inconspicuous area of your main luggage. Build a financial cushion to be safe in times of contingency.

In case your flight lands later than scheduled in the night, have the money to take a taxi to your lodging rather than walking alone in an unknown neighbourhood. While travelling solo, you should prioritize investing in your safety.

Stay in Touch

At least one person back home, whether it’s a friend or family member, should have your itinerary and schedule. Constantly check in with them and let them know about your whereabouts, so they have a general idea of where you’ll be at what time. Fix in advance a rough time and way of checking in, whether it’s through text, Skype or emails.

In spite of these safety tips there some inherent risks that come with solo travel due to the uncertain nature of life. However, most of them can be easily eliminated by getting a travel insurance. Don’t plan your next trip without one!

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