Traveling solo is one of the happiest bliss that makes you feel the freshness independent when you can take all decisions on your own. Doesn’t that sound interesting, yes, it does. The excitement doubles if a woman travels alone; it is like a dream come true. However, discovering a new land alone, without a travel partner is dangerous. It does not matter whether a man or a woman, staying safe is a major priority if you are traveling alone. A destination is never unsafe, but it is the people who make it dangerous.
Let us get to the point and share with you some useful tips to stay safe while you traveling solo –
- Act and Dress like a Native
It is right to act like a local and dress like them. If you really want to blend with them, be sure to keep your eyes open and see what others wearing and follow suit. It is better to go with the follow so that none can make you a target easily.
- Traveling with Confidence
Confidence is no doubt a key to all travelers. As a solo female traveler looking worried and fearful can trap as well as make you suffer badly. Even when you are lost or troubled, try to remain assertive and attentive. No doubt, it is tough and challenging, but it will be okay at the end.
- Avoid Getting Lost
It sounds silly, but it is logical. It is important to have a good grip on English so that you can communicate easily and learn a few common terms in the native beforehand to avoid communication misconceptions. Use city cabs and ignore the use of cars someone whom you do not know. Always have a paper map, since your Smartphone might run out of battery anytime. You being a woman, it is advisable to take less traveled path, dingy lanes, and streets without lamps.
- Abstain from Alcohol Consumption
A drunken tourist is always a big target. Moreover, a drunken female tourist is naturally a prey to anyone. So, abstain from your habit of consumption when you travel alone since people might take advantage if you get intoxicated. Leaving drink unattended in a disc or pub is dangerous, since you never know that if someone mixes anything to it. Do not drink liquors with content that you are unaware of, as heavier content might knock you off your feet.
- Keep Your Closed Ones Informed
Do inform someone close about your trip and whereabouts. And inform someone back home as soon as you enter or leave a hotel. Yes, it is important to leave a trail. You can also use your social media such as sharing an update on check-in to a new location, a quick photo upload keeping friend and family tagged in it.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Travelling solo is fun, but it does come with a set of responsibility. When you travel solo, it is important to keep your eye and ears open and ensure that your belonging is safe. When you are at public place keep the belongings just in front and zips done up at all times. Do not to keep all your valuables in one place. Stop advertising your belongings like iPad or Cameras as it might attract thieves. However, it sounds like a no-brainer, but it is advisable to trust your gut feeling. If your gut tells something is fishy, then ignore and move ahead.
It is good to take precautions beforehand and never let a possible mishap ruin your whole trip. It’s written nowhere that being a woman you cannot travel alone. Living in fear is no way living, so if you want to take up solo travel, try it! However, have you safety mode switched on!
Pavan Rajput is a traveler and writer. He loves to travel to various places. He currently visited Chikmagalur resorts. Besides this I like internet surfing and have craze about social media.
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