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How to Stay Safe While Traveling Alone
Traveling alone is an incredible opportunity to learn about yourself and make new friends. But since you won’t have the support of a travel companion or group, it’s important that you’re prepared to keep yourself safe. Here are some tips we’ve put together to help you stay safe and have fun while traveling alone.
Be smart when exploring a destination.
Try to arrive in and explore destinations during the day.
Leave the headphones in your luggage. Listening to music can distract you from what’s going on around you (whether it be potential danger or local culture).
Dress appropriately and don’t wear your valuables - staying modest will help prevent unwanted attention. Be sure to research culture and body language before you head out - especially when you’re a solo female traveler.
Maps can be your best friend, but they’re even more useful if you consult them before going out. Having your nose stuck in a map on the street, especially at night, is a strong indicator that you are in unfamiliar territory and could attract unwanted attention.
Be confident - people are less likely to bother you if you’re confident and controlled.
Always keep your bag, purse or wallet on you or in sight.
Bring the right items with you when you go out.
At the very least, always carry some form of I.D. and the number to your travel insurance so you can get medical assistance at any point.
Ideally, you should also bring the address of the place you are staying, the location of the nearest embassy and the phone numbers for a reputable cab company and local emergency services.
It’s never a good idea to carry large sums of money, so before heading out, think about how much you will need for your excursion and only bring what’s necessary. If you have credit cards or an ATM card, be sure to bring only one. That way if your wallet gets lost or stolen, you’ll still be able to access money while you’re waiting for a replacement card.
Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.
Always be conscious of your surroundings. Take note of street signs, business names and the routes you take when exploring.
Most importantly, if you get the feeling that something isn’t right, follow your instincts and take the necessary precautions.
Stay in touch with friends and family back home.
Reaching out to your friends and family while traveling alone can help you stay safe and lift your spirits up if you’re feeling lonely. Get in the habit of updating your friends and family back home whenever possible. If you have the information, it’s a good idea to let them know where and for how long you will be staying in a given location.
Connect with locals and travelers through Tripping.
Local knowledge about trends in crime, transportation and cultural norms can be one of the most important tools to help you stay safe and enjoy your destinations. And what better way to connect with locals than through Tripping!
Try asking members about areas in the city to avoid at night or places where you should be particularly cautious about pick-pockets. Or ask a Tripper to help you learn the local bargaining customs or introduce you to the city’s nightlife!
Sometimes there are things you’ll want to do but really shouldn’t do alone. That’s a perfect time to reach out to fellow travelers through Tripping. They’ll often have a similar mindset and be seeking the same type of support and companionship.