I was originally going to make this post specifically for women but in reality, the tips that we are going to be sharing are the same for anybody, regardless of gender. Let’s get straight into it…
- 1 1. Do Your Research
- 2 2. Tell Somebody
- 3 3. Have Copies of All Important Documents
- 4 4. Separate Your Money
- 5 5. Dress to Fit In
- 6 6. Carry a Portable Door and Window Alarm
- 7 7. Carry a Personal Alarm
- 8 8. Never Let Others Know You Are Traveling Alone
- 9 9. Look Like You Know Where You’re Going
- 10 10. Be Careful With Your Drinking
1. Do Your Research
Before you go on your trip you need to take the time to do some research and find out as much information as you can about the area as well as the hotel that you will be staying in. Sites such as TripAdvisor make this step a lot easier as they have real reviews from real people that have been there. The good thing is that many people can be brutally honest, especially when they have paid to stay somewhere.
2. Tell Somebody
Never go out on a solo trip without letting someone back home know exactly where you will be and when you will be back home. This will help should they need to contact you for any reason and it is a good idea to arrange a specific time each day that you will contact them to let them know you are OK. Don’t cause unnecessary worry by failing to call when you say that you will.
3. Have Copies of All Important Documents
Have photocopies off all of your important documents such as passport, ID, plane tickets, etc, and keep them in a safe place. Physical copies are better than digital in case you have your computer stolen or it become lost.
4. Separate Your Money
Foreign travelers are often a target for criminals as they do not know their way around as well as a local would. For this reason it is a good idea to not keep all of your money in the same place. Keep some in your bag, some on yourself, and some back at the hotel. If you get robbed you won’t be totally screwed.
5. Dress to Fit In
Another good way to avoid becoming a target and looking out of place is to dress like the locals. The more that you stand out, the more that you show yourself as being someone who is unfamiliar with the location, which makes you more vulnerable to criminals.
6. Carry a Portable Door and Window Alarm
7. Carry a Personal Alarm
If someone tries to rob or attack you, a personal alarm will make a loud enough noise to draw attention to what is happening. It is always better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
8. Never Let Others Know You Are Traveling Alone
No matter how friendly they may seem, never let them know you are traveling on your own.
9. Look Like You Know Where You’re Going
It is a good idea to appear like you know exactly where you’re going, even if you haven’t got a clue. Don’t carry a guidebook and stop every five minutes to thumb through it. You should study your route while back in your hotel room. If you do get lost and need to use your smartphone or map to find out where you are, don’t check it in the street. Head to a cafe and check it in there away from prying eyes.
10. Be Careful With Your Drinking
Alcohol is very good at dulling your senses and slowing your reaction times. This does nothing but make you more vulnerable. Now, I’m not saying that you can’t have a drink and enjoy yourself, of course you can but do so in moderation and pace yourself. Never leave your drinks unattended and only take your drinks from the bartender themselves.
What tips can you share for solo traveler safety? Let us hear them in the comments below.