How to Stay Safe as a Solo Traveler

Traveling solo can be an intimidating experience, But, the reality is that this is the most rewarding and amazing adventure you could get in life.  Traveling Solo shouldn’t stop you from going anywhere. It  is one of the most incredible gifts We can give Ourselves in life. The unknown is very scary, but you aren’t the first person to travel the world, and not the last one. Make sure to learn new things for others who already did some of that. It is a really great idea to do your research, about this subject, before going into it and be blindsided. Here are some tips that I came up with, some rules I always try to follow.

  • Travel during the Day whenever its possible, and try to go with the bigger crowds instead of smaller options (like train or bus instead of mini buses). If you really want to go out in the evening, do it smart. Get dressed up and go to the opera or cinema but make sure your way back to your accommodation is planned out and safe. Evenings are the most challenging time for Solo people. You would be better staying-in, catching up on some reading and planning the next day.
  • Stay in Touch with your Family and Friends very regularly. Make sure there is always at least one person who knows where you are and where you are going to.
  • Its ok to be Alone. But Sometimes its better not to disclose your Solo status. If you need to get out of unwanted situation, its good to mention that “someone is coming to meet you soon” or “you are going to meet up with others” . If someone approaches you and you feel uncomfortable, do not worry about being rude, just get out of that situation.
  • Be Cautious. Be Aware. Look Around. Make sure you are not in any dangerous situation or place, and no one follows you. Keep your belongings locked. When leaving your room make sure your door is securely closed, close your windows.
  • Do not accept food or drinks from strangers, and never leave them out of your sight. Don’t wake up hungover with stolen passport and all your things, ain’t nobody there to blame but you.
  • Drink to enjoy yourself, not to get drunk. As a solo traveler you don’t have as much freedom in “Parting” as you would like to think you have. Enjoying a drink with someone you’ve just met is great, but you have to remember you don’t really know their motives. If you are feeling uncomfortable at any point make sure to tell someone about it. The bartender or waitress can be a good person to inform.
  • Try to learn a local language. Even a little. Being able to communicate if you are in danger is a huge plus.
  • Research your destination, especially Law and Customs. Make sure you are not offending locals with your ways.
  • Scan all your documents and email them to yourself and a friend or family. If you lose your passport, it makes getting a new one much easier.
  • Money: never flash big bills to anyone, and make sure you have small change, in easy to get place. Hide rest of the money very well.
  • Be very Aware in City Public Transportation of pickpockets and scammers.
  • It often helps to introduce yourself to the bus driver and tell them where you are going. Sometimes it will help you to stay safe and they will inform you about your stop or destination.
  • If you need to find your way,  it is safer to get inside a store and ask for direction. As well If you need to look at your map, never do it in a street. Looking like a tourist is not always beneficial.
  • Never wear your Earphones while walking around. It make you less aware of your surroundings and puts you on display as easy target.
  • Trust your instincts. You will probably encounter situations you don’t like.  Be smart and follow the same protocol you would at home.
  • Avoid Travel Scams.

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