Safety Tips When Traveling Alone
Before we give you some safety tips on when traveling alone you need to ask yourself this question first. Why do I want to travel alone? If the answer to this question is one of the following then you might want to consider actually going solo.
No travel companion nagging you! If you would like to take the day and sign up for an art class you are free to do so without someone sitting on the side line bored out of their minds. The ultimate self-indulgence; you can go see what you want; when you want and by any means you want! Another benefit is that your mistakes are your own, and with this your triumphs are all the more exciting!
Sound like something you would love? Great, now let’s get to the safety part:
Before getting out of a vehicle, do a quick scan up and down the street to ensure no unsavoury characters are trailing you. Don’t make yourself a target by walking down the street talking on your mobile. The more alert you are the less chance you have of being the victim of a snatch and grab.
Keep others informed of your daily itinerary
Let people know where you are going and what time you are expected to be back on a regular basis; this includes friends and family at home as well as your innkeeper.
Keep your credit cards and passport in separate places
When sightseeing, make sure to only carry a copy of your passport’s data page whilst keeping your passport locked in your hotel safe. Keep some of your money in your wallet and some in a money pouch, preferably leave the majority of your cash in the hotel safe and work on a daily budget.
Inquire about the open and close times of your destination to avoid sleeping in your car or worse! Nobody likes sleeping in the streets.
Trust your gut
You are your own best counsel, if something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it! Keep to open and public places, especially at night. Exude confidence and walk purposefully. Avoid appearing like a tourist. Don’t walk around with your face in a guidebook as you make yourself look like a target.
Don’t draw attention to yourself by wearing flashy clothes or jewellery. Keep it locked up safely at your hotel room.
There you have it. Follow these tips and your chances of becoming a victim of crime will decrease dramatically. If you have any more travel safety tips let us know in the comment section.