In my previous article, I was talking about why Solo Travelling is awesome. If you haven’t read it, go check it out as I want to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and experience life to the fullest. Solo travelling is an amazing experience, but it does come with a few cons, especially when it comes to safety. That’s why today, I am writing my Best Solo Travel Safety Tips.
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Do you research before you go
Always research each country before you visit. It’s important. Some countries are more of a risk than others. I know, bad things can happen anywhere, but stay forethought and avoiding dangerous areas is top of my Best Solo Travel Safety Tips. Also, before booking your hotel, AirBnB or hostel, make sure you read the reviews and check the actual location of your accommodation. Try to avoid areas hidden away and know what’s around them. You don’t want to have to walk down a dark ally if you can help it.
Stay in public
Make sure you don’t wander too far from civilisation while exploring; avoid dark, dodgy alleyways and the likes of abandoned buildings. If something happens you want people nearby.
Don’t get too drunk
There is nothing wrong with having a glass or two of wine while solo travelling, but try not to go too crazy and lose self-control or cautiousness. There is no easier bait than a drunk woman wandering around on her own.
Don’t look too lost
Even if you’re completely lost, keep a cool head. Don’t panic, don’t stress and try not to look like a lost lamb, it’s is the worst you can do. Better for you to ask for directions than for strangers to come to you.
Install Life360 App on your phone
Or any similar tracking app. They will track your current location and share that information with the people you’ve chosen to be connected with. They get a notification when you turn it off, get disconnected or the location suddenly changes.
Carry a battery pack for your phone
Keep checking in with your family, partner or friends every now and then so they know where you are or your last location, at least. And always, please, always carry a fully charged battery pack for your phone. Having data-on all the time kills your battery within hours, but having a battery pack for your phone can actually save your life. I am not being dramatic, but in case you think you are being followed, lost or injured how else will you ask for help?
I seriously recommend getting Anker Portable Charger from Amazon for less than £15. I take it everywhere with me and it never ever let me down!
Keep your belongings close
Either using a mode of public transport or walking down the street, always keep your belongings close. Don’t leave them in the suitcase on a rack in the train or bus, leave that to clothes and your other not so important items. You don’t want to be stuck on your own, without your phone, money or passport in a foreign country. Plus, in a restaurant, don’t leave your bag on the floor or the back of your chair. Keep them on your lap or line of sight if possible.
Don’t tell people where you staying
I like to meet and talk to new people, but I never actually reveal where I am staying. It’s my safe place to return to if something doesn’t feel right. I went to Barcelona a few years ago with my best friend Kat and when the guys at the bar asked us where we staying, we simply pointed in the opposite direction of our hotel. Think of the film ‘Taken’ and you will see what I mean.
Don’t trust people too fast
Solo travelling is great for meeting new people, sharing travel experiences or going on walking tours. Sometimes the friendship lasts, and sometimes it wasn’t even friendship. Don’t trust people too quickly, be aware of their behaviour. Don’t share your hotel name, room number or details on your future travel plans. I don’t share personal stuff unless I’m completely sure that they are harmless. I know it sounds harsh, but you gotta protect yourself first. Safety first.
Try to blend in
Try to blend in. Don’t show your valuables, jewellery or purse too much. Try to keep all the important stuff hidden or leave it at home. Also, dress appropriately, research what people wear in certain countries that you are travelling to. The more you stand out, the easier the target you are.
Trust your instincts
My instincts have never let me down. It’s super important that you trust your gut. If it’s telling you that something is off or it doesn’t feel right, it’s time to leave.
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