Incredibly Useful Travel Tips For Female Solo Travelers
✿Monday, March 13, 2017 | 6:40 AM | 0 Students
Ready to tackle the delight of seeing the world solo?
Check out these pointers before you leave and you’ll be ready for any place you might go!
- Travel light
The best way to get yourself mugged is to look like an affluent out of to owner. Keep your luggage simple and compact, so you don’t stand out of the crowd as an easy target
- Never Act Like You Left
If you’re going to be staying alone in a hotel, you never want your room to look like it is abandoned. Always leave the do not disturb sign on the door handle, and if you’re leaving for the day, turn on the TV or radio so it sounds like someone is still in the room. It’s an easy safeguard against having someone rob your room while you are away.
- Never leave your luggage
This may seem kind of obvious, but it cannot be stressed enough; wherever you go, there your baggage shalt go with you
- Learn From Others
The best thing you can do preemptively is to thoroughly research the places you’ll be visiting. Read stories of other solo female travelers who have visited the same areas or stayed at the same places you’ll be staying. You can use the wisdom of others and learn from their mistakes without having to make any of your own.
- Choose a Good Place to Wait
Often times, there will be a few hours between checking out of a hostel and catching the next train. If you have a few hours to kill and it’s getting dark out or the town isn’t that safe, find a nearby coffee shop where you can wait until just a few minutes before the train or bus comes. It’s safer to wait inside than to wait outside at a platform.
The biggest trepidation for many women who travel alone is where they’ll be staying overnight. Safety is a big concern, not only for yourself but also for your belongings. Thoroughly research the places you’ll be staying and only book places that have plenty of positive reviews. If you see even a few negative reviews, pass it on.
- Carry a Whistle
While items like pocket knives won’t make it through security, a whistle is a cheap, safe way to bring some extra protection that won’t get you labeled as a terrorist. You don’t even have to bring a special rape whistle; just a simple whistle from the dollar store will work.
Never Be Alone
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, don’t steer clear of crowds; embrace them! When it comes to utilizing public transportation like a bus or aeroplane, or even just walking down the street, there is safety and accountability in numbers. Always try to sit, stand or walk near enough to others so that you’re not entirely alone.
Make Sure You Have Access to Help
Medical emergencies are a pain enough to deal with in your home country, let alone a foreign country where English isn’t the predominantly spoken word on the street. Register with a reputable organisation like the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers that will help you find English speaking hospitals, clinics and doctors on the road if you need medical attention as soon as possible.
- Make Copies of Everything
Having your stuff stolen can quickly turn your dream vacation into a nightmare of red tape and expensive hassle. Make digital copies of your passport, confirmation codes, and reservations so that you can access them from any digital source.