How To Stay Safe When You Travel As A Solo Female
When thinking about travelling solo, the primary concern is your safety. Your friends and family will tell you that as a female, the risks are too high and will probably try to convince you that it’s a bad idea.
Whether you are a man or woman, staying safe while travelling is the most important factor. Gender really doesn’t have anything to do with it. Being well prepared and using common sense to key to staying safe and having the time of your life.
1. Gather as much reliable information as possible about where you are thinking of going. Online searches for solo traveler forums such as the Thorn Tree are packed with valuable information.
2. Become a local. Take note of how the women are dressed and follow suit. You don’t want to stand out in the crowd. Try not to draw unwanted attention.
3. Sure, it’s great to wing it and go where the wind takes you, but it is a better to plan your daily itinerary. Be diligent in knowing your surroundings, where you are going and how to get back to where you are staying.
4. Even though we know it shouldn’t be this way, women are still thought of as the weaker sex. Play it safe and trust your gut feeling. If something doesn’t feel right, follow your instincts.
5. Register with the US Consulate as a traveler. This makes it easy for you to be found if you happen to need assistance.
5. Don’t be afraid to say no thank you. While tempting to have another round with the locals, you need to stay sharp. Politely refusing will help you stay safe.
6. Don’t travel alone at night. There are countries where it is safe to do, but there are definitely others where it is not. Call a taxi and get dropped off at the door of where you are staying to ensure your safety.
7. Take precautions. Being overly cautious will ruin your vacation, but you do need to stay at the top of your game. Take note of your surroundings and landmarks. Carrying a „dummy“ wallet is a good idea as well. Keeping your money in the bottom of your shoes is an excellent way to make sure nobody steals it. Keep in mind that being robbed has nothing to do with your location. It can happen just as easily in your own neighborhood.