Listen up, ladies, because I’m about to drop some truth bombs on how to stay safe while traveling solo. I know you’re strong, independent women, but let’s face it, the world can be a scary place. So buckle up and prepare for some no-kidding tips on staying safe while exploring the world alone.
1. Do Your Research
We’re not talking about a quick Google search. Dig deep and learn about the culture, customs, and local laws of the country you’re visiting. You don’t want to end up in a foreign prison because you didn’t read up on the rules. (Unless you’re a famous athlete, you may be there for a while.)
2. Be Picky With Your Accommodations
Don’t settle for some sketchy hostel that doesn’t have proper locks and security. You deserve better than that, and so does your safety. There are other ways to save money, so don’t skimp on the one place you’ll be quite so vulnerable.
3. Keep Your Valuables Close
Don’t flash your bling or carry large sums of cash. Use a money belt or a secret pocket to keep your passport, credit cards, and cash safe. You don’t want to end up broke and stranded in a foreign land. If you have to carry a large amount of cash with you, keep most of it hidden so that when you pay for meals or trinkets, you only have a small amount in your wallet.
4. Dress to Impress but Not to Stand Out
Skip the flashy outfits and blend in with the locals. You don’t want to be the obvious tourist everyone wants to rob. Unless you absolutely have a reason to bring them, leave your expensive jewelry at home.
5. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Be aware of your surroundings, and don’t let your guard down. Trust your instincts and avoid any shady-looking areas. No shortcut is worth taking if it leads you down a sketchy-looking street.
6. Learn Some Basic Self-Defense Moves
You never know when you might need to unleash your inner ninja. It’s better to be safe than sorry. While you’re at it, learn basic safety measures you should know while walking alone. (It might make you rethink wearing your hair in a ponytail.)
7. Stay Connected
Keep your phone charged and let someone know your travel plans. But don’t be that person who’s glued to their phone and misses out on all the real-life experiences. If you have an iPhone, look up ways you can use it in an emergency. (It can send alerts for you and even sound a loud alert.)
8. Travel Like a Pro
Use licensed taxis and agree on a price before getting in. Don’t be that naive traveler who gets ripped off by unscrupulous drivers. Research ahead of time to find out if there are known scammers in the area and avoid getting caught in them.
9. Meet New People
Join a group tour or take part in social activities at your accommodation. You might make some new friends or find some travel companions that don’t suck. There may be other solo female travelers who want to get together for certain tourist activities that are better (and safer) in groups.
10. Show Some Respect
Respect the local culture and customs, and don’t be that entitled tourist who thinks they’re above the rules. For example, if you’re traveling to a Muslim country, make sure you bring a head covering.
Ladies, traveling solo can be a life-changing experience, but safety should always be a top priority. Go explore the world like a pro, stay safe, and avoid being a victim of travel disasters!
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Demi Michele is a seasoned traveler, turned freelance writer. Having explored most states and ventured internationally, her love for outdoor cafes, new cuisines, and cultural immersion shines through her wide range of articles. Based in Texas with her family and two Scottish Terriers, Demi turns her adventures into captivating travel narratives to share with readers.