Everyone should have the opportunity to travel abroad and experience different cultures. You can learn a new language, try local cuisine, and make some fantastic memories. However, travelling can also be dangerous, and it’s important to know how to protect yourself. You need to know what to look out for and what to do in risky situations.
Unfortunately, travelling alone can be dangerous for women. Women are seen to be more vulnerable by attackers and, therefore, easy targets. You can have an amazing experience travelling alone – as long as you avoid risky situations.
Here are a few tips on how to stay safe when travelling alone.
Book your tickets early
You need to plan in advance. If you are moving to a new destination, you should book your tickets for transport and accommodation early. You need to make sure you have somewhere to stay when you arrive in the area. You should always know your next move and the location of a safe place, like your hotel room.
For example, you might be catching a train from Wakefield to Doncaster in the UK and waiting in the station for a few hours. Sit in a coffee shop or grab some dinner at a restaurant, instead of hanging about in the station.
Let someone know where you are
Someone should always know where you are in case you go off the grid for a few days. You could share your location on the Find My Friends app with your family members. If you have made a few travelling friends in the area, let them know where you are going for the day. You might be going for a hike or to the local town for a grocery shop. Only share your location with people you trust and have known for a while.
Manage your money
You shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash around with you. If someone steals the cash, you will be left in a financial bind for the rest of your trip. Use a travel debit card for your trip instead – you can freeze the account if the card gets stolen or goes missing. Your funds will be safe. Keep a spare ATM card in your main luggage to use for the remainder of your trip.
Don’t put yourself in risky situations
Trust your gut instinct, and if something feels risky – leave. When you are travelling alone, you have to use your common sense and avoid dangerous areas. Avoid getting blackout drunk at parties with people you barely know. You need to keep your wits about you so you can remove yourself from any bad situations.
Make the most out of travelling and keep yourself safe.