6 Safe Travel Tips for the Solo Female Traveller
Travelling alone can be an intimidating experience, but travelling alone as a female can be even scarier.
It is important to be aware of yourself and your surroundings when travelling, so you can arrive at your destination safely and without issues. To keep safe during your vacation, here are six tips to keep on hand or share with any woman you love.
1. Plan ahead
Start by checking to see if there’s a travel advisory in effect for your planned destination and obtain information on safety and security, local laws and customs, dress code, health conditions and entry requirements. You will also want to enroll with your government for its travelling abroad program in case of emergencies. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is free for Americans as is the Registration of Canadians Abroad for Canadians and both take only minutes.
2. Stay connected
It is important to keep your communication devices charged when travelling. Carry a portable charger if you need to. This way, should you run into any issues at all, you would have an instant means of communication. A dead phone battery in an emergency can be the difference between life and death, so stay charged and stay connected.
3. Stay amongst crowds
When travelling alone, try to always stay in well-lit areas where there are lots of people. Avoid areas where you will be alone or that are not well lit. On a bus or train, sit next to someone of your own sex. In a taxi, sit in the back behind the driver. Never go walking, jogging, or sightseeing alone in secluded areas, especially at night. When you stay amongst a crowd, issues of assault or abduction are less likely to occur.
4. Keep valuables secure
Carry your purse around your chest and keep valuables out of your pocket. Avoid wearing flashy or expensive jewelry that could be alluring to thieves. When leaving your room, keep valuables in a safe and don’t leave any electronics or jewelry out. You also don’t want to leave out any types of personal or identifying information. As a precaution against loss or theft, leave copies of important travel documents with family or friends and, if possible, scan all your documents and send them to yourself at an e-mail address you can access anywhere.
5. Know important numbers
Before you travel, know any and all important numbers. This would be the hotel manager, local emergency services, local cabs and car services, and other important services. This way should you need their help, you will have their information on hand and not need to fumble for it. It is also a good idea to carry an Emergency Contact Card with the coordinates of your homelands nearest embassy or consulate in your destination country, in case you run into trouble abroad.
6. Travel with confidence
When travelling, look confident. Don’t make it obvious that you are unfamiliar with a place or travelling alone. If your intuition at anytime gives you a scary feeling, trust it. Many times women especially feel they need to be polite and lovely all of the time, but when travelling, trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, do what you need to do to exit the situation. Consider taking a self-defense course for women prior to travelling, if nothing else, you’ll embark on your journey with added confidence.
Don’t be a victim. Instead, keep these travelling tips in mind when you go on your next adventure and you will not only have a great time, but a safe time.
Read more travel tips from Kim over at Tales of a Ranting Ginger