Alone on the road: Safety Rules for Solo Travellers
By Janet Benoir – July 10, 2021
Traveling solo offers a unique and rewarding experience, and with the right approach, it can be just as enjoyable as traveling with company. In this article, we share some advice, particularly for women who decide to explore the world independently. Keep in mind that tourists are often targeted by opportunists, and it’s essential to be prepared to avoid undesirable situations.
Confidence is key when traveling solo. Maintain a positive and optimistic outlook while remaining cautious. Avoid letting fear prevent you from exploring new places or experiencing exciting things. Walk with purpose, even if you’re lost, and enjoy the unexpected discoveries along the way. When it’s time to return to your accommodation, consider taking a taxi or asking for directions from someone who appears trustworthy.
Learn from local women.
In some countries, women’s attire may be subject to cultural norms and expectations. Observe the way local women dress and adjust your wardrobe accordingly to avoid attracting unwanted attention or aggression.
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Avoid walking alone at night.
This is a universal rule that applies not only to foreign trips but also to your hometown. Stick to well-lit, busy streets and take a taxi when returning to your accommodation late at night. Aim to arrive in new cities and check into hotels during daylight hours.
Keep an eye on your belongings.
When traveling solo, you are solely responsible for your valuables. Always keep them within sight and secure. Avoid flaunting large sums of money or expensive items, and store important belongings, passports, and credit cards in a hotel safe.
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Stay in touch with friends or family members regularly throughout your trip. A simple message updating them about your location and well-being can serve as a safety net.
Be prepared with a story
If faced with unwanted attention from persistent admirers, consider inventing a story about a significant other waiting for you at your accommodation. This can help deter unwanted advances without appearing rude.
Avoid getting intoxicated when in the company of strangers. If you’re at a bar alone, stick to beer and ask the bartender to open the bottle in front of you. Never leave your drink unattended.
Trust your intuition
Women are known for their strong intuition. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, listen to your inner voice and prioritize your well-being. Remember, as a solo traveler, you have the freedom to choose your experiences and surroundings.
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