Travelling solo is both liberating and often a little nerve wracking. If you’re planning on being a solo travelling female then having a few pre-travel jitters is completely normal. With so much to think about, staying safe whilst travelling should certainly be a priority.
However it doesn’t have to be as complicated or as difficult as you might think. A little common sense and some forward planning means that you’ll be able to enjoy your travels without worrying too much. Read on for some simple safety travel tips.
Keeping your belongings safe
When you’re abroad you’ll be taking plenty of photographs to document your amazing journey – if you’re looking for some interesting ways to display these photographs when you come back home check out hellocanvas.co.uk – so you’ll want to keep your camera, your phone, laptop amongst other items safe and secure. Invest in a good padlock for your bag and anything you use to store your items at your hotel. Avoid displaying your wealth too much in the street as you’ll be a prime target for thieves and pickpockets. It’s always best to leave your jewellery at home.
Dress like a local
Most will argue that you should be able to wear whatever you want. However, when you’re travelling, especially to more conservative regions or places of religious influence you need to be respectful and dress accordingly. You’ll also blend in and won’t stick out like a sore thumb! This means covering your hair when you are required to, removing shoes when entering temples, covering your arms and wearing loose clothing etc. It’s always a good idea to do some research on your destination and find out what the local customs are.
Don’t get drunk
Yes, you’re there to have a great time. But safety comes first. Getting blind drunk whilst travelling on your own is never a good idea. If you want a drink, then go for it. But be sensible. When you know you’ve had enough, stop. And don’t feel pressured into keeping up with others.
If you’re anxious, then join a tour
There are undoubtedly hundreds of exciting things you want to see and experience. But if the prospect of exploring alone makes you feel anxious or worried then consider joining a tour instead. You’ll still get a great experience and get a real taste of your destination; it also means you’ll feel safer and it’ll build your confidence.
Check your hotel room
When you get to your hotel room, it’s a good idea to inspect it first. Make sure that your door has a deadbolt, is sturdy and closes properly. If you have a window, does it lock fully and if you have a balcony with doors, ensure that these lock securely. It’s always a good idea to choose a room on the second floor rather than the first, as it means no one can gain access from the ground, yet if you need to you can escape via the window. Never answer the door to anyone you’re aren’t expecting. Even if they say they work at the hotel. Call down to reception first.