Solo travelers are exploring the world like never before. And being safe when you travel is important. Below are some of the Top Safe Travel Tips for Traveling Alone.  Always remember that no safety tip ever trumps simply using Common sense.

Research Your Destination

Before, you go you want to research where you are going. As in “What’s the Climate? What’s appropriate clothing? What do I want to see or do? How expensive is my destination? What should I be aware of as far as local cultures?” There are so many other important questions, that you need research.

You can find the answers in a variety of different places.

Such as:

  1. WikiTravel
  2. reading posts from Travel Bloggers
  3. emailing Travel Bloggers
  4. Tripadvisor
  5. reading local news sources
  6. asking the staff of your hotel
  7. reading non-fiction books
  8. watching videos on YouTube
  9. reading guide books
  10. following Travel accounts on Instagram

Keep Your  Valuables On You

Keep your valuables on your person (or you can use a day bag), you should really keep your valuables in a safe at the hotel or leave them at home.  But, when you do go out, take items like your camera, wallet (with only the essentials), cell phone, minimal jewelry. (However, it is a good thing to wear a cheap wedding ring, to avoid unwanted attention.)

Only Take What You Need

You don’t want to over pack.  This goes back to your research.

Trust Your Gut Feelings

If something feels off or just not right, always trust your sub-conscience/gut feelings.

Talk to Locals

Locals usually know the best places to visit and eat, that may not be as “touristy” as you might find on the internet or guide books.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

You are more vulnerable, when you get, too focused on the sites. Stay aware of what is going on around you.  Always trust your gut feelings if something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t.




Know Emergency Numbers

911 is common in the states for an emergency number. However, when abroad, that is not necessarily the case.  In Europe you can dial 112. And, you can, also get emergency numbers, from the State Department. You can Enroll in the STEP program.

Get Travelers Insurance

Help protect your trip from the unexpected.  Get protection from canceled/delayed flights, lost or damaged baggage.

Watch your Drinking

This again goes back to being aware of your surroundings.  You can drink to have fun and be social. Drink responsibly!!

Don’t Trust to Quickly

It’s advised that you should not trust people quickly. When you are travelling, or when you have just arrived at a new destination.

Befriending

When you’re traveling in a new destination, or you finally had that homecoming trip you have been dreaming about. And especially, when you’re traveling on your own, it can be tempting to join up and find a tribe or people that appear similar to your culture or way of life. Sometimes these tribes turn into lifelong friendships, but they don’t always. Some con artists have mastered, the art of befriending travellers, getting them to leave their valuables unattended, and robbing them before taking off.

Sources: Adventurous Kate, The Blonde Abroad, Women’s Travel Club and Travel + Leisure

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