Travelling solo is not only empowering, but you also get to learn a lot about yourself and do that against beautiful new surroundings. There has been a continual rise in the number of solo women travellers around the world. Increased self-reliance and independence and the urge to explore uncharted territory is making women opt for solo trips. The best part about travelling solo is that you get to do things on your own terms.
1. Try to dress like a local
The best way to be safe in a new country is to not get any unwanted attention. If you look like a tourist you are likely to be the target of pickpockets and swindlers. So, the best way to avoid attention is to dress up like a local.
2. Be watchful and alert of your surroundings
If you sense that you are being followed or if you are being observed, try to walk along with a group and remain low-key. Most importantly, you should not look as if you are lost and avoid walking around with a map and instead act as if someone is expecting to meet you soon.
3. Use a slash-proof bag
If you are planning to reside in group accommodations or hostels and you have costly electronic items such as a camera or a computer, a slash-proof bag will keep these items more secure. It will also make you feel more comfortable leaving your possessions while you venture out and explore.
4. Stay connected
You must keep your loved ones informed about your travel plans and talk to them at least once every day. You can also keep others updated about your movements through social media. You can also share the itinerary with someone and inform them about it if you make any changes.
5. Make a local friend
Even if you are not planning to stay in a place for long, it is always good to make friends with local people. They will tell you the places that you must avoid. There are places where you can join a walking tour. It will help you find your way around a new place. Many solo female travellers should also get themselves acquainted with local women as they tend to look after each other.
6. Choose your place of lodging carefully
Although it may be appealing to go for cheaper options, do not compromise on the place you choose to stay especially when you are alone. You must consider various factors such as location, trustworthiness, security and more. One way to be always on the safer side is to verify the hotel online and check the reviews before booking. At some places, you will also get lodges exclusively for women.
7. Drink in moderation
People often get into trouble when they have no control over themselves. If you are alone, you have to be extra careful. Try to avoid drinking alcohol excessively, rather drink only in moderation and know when to stop.
8. Board a train or a bus which has other passengers inside
You will feel safer with others inside a bus or a train as muggers and pickpockets will think twice before attacking you.
Having wads of money in your wallet or in 10 different pockets of your clothes or baggage isn’t the best way to safeguard your money. Except for a few thousands in local currency, avoid carrying cash.
Opt for a good travel credit card instead. This will not only protect your money but also help you earn more points, miles or cashback even on your holiday. Don’t make typical credit card mistakes such as paying in Singapore dollars instead of the local currency abroad, though! There are several credit cards that also give free travel insurance, which would be of great help if you are in any sort of trouble during your trip.
10. Avoid using earphones on both ears
Music can help you get over the boredom when you are travelling, but if you are in an unfamiliar place, you do not want to get lost in the music. You must be aware of your surroundings and blocking out all noise around you will not help.
11. Carry a safety device that you are comfortable with
Whether it is a whistle or a cat keychain, make sure you have some sort of safety device with you that can draw people’s attention when you are in trouble.
So, get out there, travel the world but always make safety a priority along with exploring, experiencing and seeing the world.