Are you planning on traveling solo? Or maybe you’re heading off across the globe with your closest female friends?
Deciding to take the plunge and go traveling is a huge commitment and it can seem pretty daunting, especially if you’ve never traveled before. There’s a lot to plan and think about before you even set foot on a plane; from researching the best accommodation, to deciding what activities you want to do and what you want to see…the list is seemingly endless!
One aspect of your travels you shouldn’t neglect, however, is your safety and as a solo female traveler, it might be prudent to take a few extra precautions.
Read on for 6 safety tips for the solo female traveler.
Do Plenty of Research
Of course, you’re going to research things to do and places to see at your destination, but conducting research into your host country will make you more prepared, will give you confidence, and will ultimately make you safer.
Making yourself aware of things like local scams or areas that tourists are advised against before you travel isn’t meant to scare you into staying home, but it’s to prepare you for what you might see and how you can ultimately enjoy your traveling experience!
Trust your Instincts
When it comes down to it if you feel uncomfortable, suspicious, frightened, or believe that something is too good to be true then the safest option is to remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible.
Trust your gut feeling and remember that keeping yourself safe is your main priority.
Of course, you should be able to wear whatever you want, but as a guest in a foreign country and potentially one with conservative views it’s important to respect local traditions and dress appropriately.
Do research for everywhere you plan to visit so you don’t make any faux pas or draw unnecessary and unwanted attention to yourself.
Walk with Confidence
Head down, scrolling through Google Maps, getting flustered, and sticking out like a sore thumb. It’s a sure-fire way to get yourself into all kinds of trouble.
Always walk with your back straight and your head held high, walking with confidence is key. Even if you’re completely lost, try not to make it obvious, head into a shop or café and ask for help instead of scratching your head at the nearest signpost.
On the other hand, don’t walk around with so much confidence that you have your headphones in or you’re just wandering with your phone in hand, always be vigilant.
Avoid Travelling at Night
Whether you’re traveling by car, uber, bus, tram, or taxi, always try to align your plans so you’re traveling in the daytime. That way you’ll be able to keep track of your surroundings, you’ll feel more at ease and there will be other people around, which will always give you a sense of security.
Know where you’re Staying
When you reach your accommodation, write down the address and telephone number on a piece of paper or business card. That way if you’re lost you can confidently use it to ask for directions without worrying about the language barrier.
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