If you’re tired of waiting for your friends to travel with you, it’s well worth heading out on solo adventures, just ensure to follow the 6 safety tips listed below in order to decrease your chances of encountering a dangerous situation.
6 Ways to Stay Safe While Traveling Solo:
Leave your valuables at home
If you’re traveling solo, depending on the countries you plan on exploring it may be a wise idea to leave valuables such as a pricey watch, expensive jewelry and designer clothes at home. As wearing or carrying around expensive valuable, may make you an easy target for thieves.
Let a trusted friend or family member know about your travel plans
If you have a firm travel schedule, it’s well worth sending it to a trusted friend or family member as that way if you fall behind schedule or go missing, your friend will have a rough idea of the area, which you would’ve been traveling through.
If you’re a spontaneous traveler, who doesn’t like to follow a set itinerary, it may also be worth discussing arranging check-in dates, on which you’ll email, message or call your chosen friend to check in.
Only use trustworthy cab companies or pre-book a trusted shuttle company
When you arrive at your destination it’s well worth asking an airport employee for the name of a trustworthy cab company. When it comes time to choosing a cab, only hop into a cab if you feel comfortable. If your gut instinct tells you not to hop into a cab, simply wait for another cab.
Alternatively, you may want to pre-book a highly rated shuttle company to pick you up from the airport and transport you to your accommodation.
If possible, book accommodation in a safe, centrally located area
While it may be tempting to book a cheap hotel which is located off the beaten tourist track if you’re traveling solo it’s far wiser to book accommodation in a safe, centrally located area. As after a long day of sightseeing, it’s far safer to walk back to a hotel which is located in a safe, busy area, which boasts plenty of street light and foot traffic.
Treat yourself to a new outfit from a local store
As a solo traveler, it’s far safer to avoid sticking out like a sore thumb. One of the easiest ways to fit in and to disguise yourself as a local is to purchase a cheap new outfit from a local store.
Instead of carrying a map around, rely on Google maps
Instead of carrying around an unwieldy oversized map, it’s well worth using Google maps to get yourself orientated with your surroundings. If you don’t plan on using data, whilst you’re traveling, you can use free internet at your hotel and at various public areas to look up directions, which you can then take screenshots of.
So if you love the idea of solo travel, start booking your plane flights for your next adventure. Just remember, to follow the 6 safety precautions listed above, in order to stay safe.