Solo travelling is one of the best experiences you can have, as there is no one holding you back from doing whatever you want to do. However, exploring the world as a solo traveller can also be quite daunting, as you have no one to rely on if things go wrong. With this in mind, here are six safety tips for all solo travellers.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is plan your trip carefully. Where are you going to go? How are you going to get to each destination? Are there any travel warnings you should be aware of before you go? Where are the nearest medical centres or hospitals? Every traveller should undergo some careful planning before they set off, but this is even more important when you’re travelling solo.
If you’re a solo female traveller, then you may be in luck when it comes to getting a few extra perks. If you let your airline and any hotels know that you’re travelling alone, then some may offer some helpful extras to ensure you’re safer. For example, some hotels have ‘female friendly’ rooms, which mean that they’re not at the end of a long, dark corridor.
Finding a travel buddy
If you’re really nervous about travelling alone, then you could opt for a travel buddy for at least part of your trip. There are plenty of forums out there that will help you find someone travelling to the same place as you, at the same time. If you do match up with a travel buddy, then make sure you meet in a public space for the first time. Don’t give them any details such as your hotel room, either.
You’re far more likely to become a victim of crime on your travels if you are obviously a tourist. The Secret Traveller blog at 1Cover has a great guide on what you should and shouldn’t do to stay safe while abroad. For example, looking at a map and wearing a travel wallet can be telltale signs for a pickpocket or scammer that you’re an easy target. Try to blend in as much as possible and don’t walk around with all of your gadgets on display.
Keep in touch
This is something I have written about before, but staying safe as a solo traveller often means keeping in touch with loved ones at home. By letting them know where you are, and where you’re going to be, they can raise the alarm in a worst-case scenario. It also helps to give you a sense of security that someone back home has your back.
Finally, if you’re planning on travelling solo, then you’re going to need to keep your wits about you. Common sense is the most essential skill you’ll need on your travels, especially if you’re going it alone. If something doesn’t feel right or seems too good to be true, then trust your gut instinct. Common sense will get you a long way as a solo traveller.
Solo travelling may seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you keep your wits about you and follow the rules of any country you go to, you should be able to stay safe. Do you have any other suggestions for the list? Drop them in the comments.