Solo “women travelers” — safety tips you need to follow
Women who go on solo tours consider it an exhilarating experience. It feels so liberating to visit all the places you have ever dreamt of on your own and make fabulous memories. I know safety is a big issue and most females fear traveling alone.
Here are a few safety tips that will ensure you travel safely and enjoy yourself.
Research and research
It is important to learn about the places you plan to visit. The culture and dressing norms, political situation, climate, unsafe areas, and weather are some of the primary things to study. Visit online forums, check websites,and blogs to gather information. Talk to solo female travelers to know their experience.
Plan your trip
Make all the arrangements like getting tickets, booking accommodation, and creating your itinerary. Create the plan in such a way that you can cover the tourist spots within the day. Return to your hotel before it gets too dark.
Is this your first solo trip? Start with nearby locations like cities and states. Once you gain confidence, plan international vacations.
Stay aware to travel safely
Always be on your guard when traveling solo. Pay attention to the people around you so that you will know if someone is stalking you. Keep an eye on the cars that are driving past you. It is a good idea to not use your headphones when walking. Don’t flaunt your valuables like jewelry or mobile. Wear simple clothes according to the culture of the place. If that means not wearing shorts or sleeveless, follow it. There is no need to attract attention. Dressing up like locals will be an added advantage for you.
Keep your documents safe
Your passport, tickets, credit cards, and cash need to be stored safely. Get a pouch to store them. Don’t go out with the passport all the time but carry photocopies. Save photos of the important documents in your mobile and a cloud server like Dropbox which you can use to authenticate your identity.
Use an international phone plan
Having an international phone plan will give a lot of confidence as you can talk to your loved ones whenever you want. Always share your travel plans with your family and drop a message when you are going out.
Don’t share your location on social media
No matter how tempting it is, don’t share your current location on social media. Share photos only after you have left a place. Being careful will save you a lot of trouble. Apart from these tips, there are a few things you must remember like don’t drink or share personal details with anyone. If you feel uncomfortable, leave that place immediately.
Follow these tips and you will be safe when vacationing alone. Follow your dreams and complete your bucket list. Be a proud solo traveler.