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7 Safety Tips For Travelling On Your Own

May 22, 2018

From what we’ve looked at this month, travelling on your own can be one of the most exciting adventures you’ll ever have. There are so many opportunities that you just don’t get in your usual group vacations. But while there are many reasons to take a solo trip at some point in your life, it’s also important to acknowledge that there are some added risks when travelling alone. While there’s no reason to let this scare you off the idea, you should know the risks well and how best to keep yourself safe so you’ll have nothing but good memories from this unique experience.

Do your research.

Regardless of the type of trip you’re taking, thorough research is key. You do research to determine the best values for your trip, the best experiences available and the best ways to stay safe. The safety research is especially important when travelling alone. You want to know how safe the area you’re travelling to is for tourists. If you find in your research that there are safety concerns, take those seriously. Don’t play tough and think it doesn’t apply to you. Take necessary precautions and plan ahead so you can enjoy your adventure with a greater sense of safety.

Know where you’re going.

Part of your research ahead of time should be into how you can get around safely in your selected area. Don’t just go for what seems like the cheapest form of travel because that can come with a lot of risks. Plan how you’re getting to and from the airport as well as on your daily excursions. What areas should you avoid? How easily is it for a solo traveller to get around? And above all know the safest directions. It’s fun to be spontaneous on these kinds of trips but not at the cost of getting lost in a city you don’t know.

Learn the language.

Part of the fun of travelling to new places is allowing yourself to experience a bit of a new culture. A great way to do this is by learning some of the language – and it also helps to keep you a bit safer in a new place. Of course, you’re probably not going to master the language before you go, but knowing some key phrases and being able to read a bit can be a big help. It certainly comes in handy when getting around. It can also help you blend in more and avoid sticking out as a tourist. Plus, it’s fun to be able to communicate with the locals in any city you’re visiting.

Let people know where you are.

While you’re going on your own for this trip, it’s good to keep your friends and family back home updated on your trip. This doesn’t mean you have to constantly be checking in with them but just let them know where you are at given times in your journey. Give them your itinerary before you leave and text them when you’re leaving one place or arriving at another. It’s a smart precaution that not only helps keep you safe but gives your loved ones a little piece of mind.

Don’t put yourself in uncomfortable situations.

We’ve talked about how solo trips offer the chance to try new things. But there’s a difference between expanding your comfort zone and being uncomfortable. Sometimes in these adventurous situations, you want to push yourself to take risks. However, if that means putting yourself in situations where you don’t feel safe, then it’s just not worth it. You can have fun without putting yourself in that position.

Don’t draw too much attention to yourself.

Regardless of what city you’re visiting in the world, tourists are always a more targeted group by criminals than locals. It’s a sad fact that there are bad people out there and they look for the most vulnerable targets. This risk is even greater when you are a solo traveller. Now, this doesn’t mean that if you travel alone you’re guaranteed to be targeted, but it means you need to be a little more aware of your behaviour. As mentioned before, you want to blend in rather than stick out. Don’t be loud or confrontational with people. Avoid the classic tourist giveaways like looking lost. Also, watch your drinking. Too much alcohol not only makes you stick out but makes you even more vulnerable.

Use common sense.

In the end, none of this should discourage you at all from taking a solo trip because you will be safe as long as you are smart about it. As you can see, much of what it takes to travel safely on your own comes down to some obvious common-sense things. Take this approach and you can ensure that any solo getaway is nothing but a good time.

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