Traveling is an exciting thing but when you are planning to go solo, it can turn into a daunting task. While the entire aim of traveling solo is to step out of your comfort zone and discover the world on your own terms, it is important that you remember to trust your gut at all times. It is better to be safe than to be sorry.
Here are some practical tips for staying safe on your solo travel:
1) Do basic research on your destination
Know your surroundings, and always be prepared! Before going somewhere, always do some research! What are normal taxi rates? Where should you take the taxi from at the airport? Check the reviews on genuine websites before you check into your place of stay. For offbeat places, check forums and blogs.
2) Secure your valuables in your day bag
Certain valuable belongings like your passport, cash, credit cards, phones, medication, camera etc should always be by your side. Never leave your valuables in the checked luggage. Keep the items with you wherever you go.
3) Have an identity card with you at all times
Always carry one identity like passport, ID with you. You never know when you might need to verify your identity. Better be safe than sorry!
4) Keep at least one person regularly informed about your plans
Do keep your family and close friends well informed about where you’re planning to travel to. Always keep a person in the loop. Keep at least a friend informed of whereabouts, and discuss anything that feels suspicious or not right.
5) Don’t Trust People Too Quickly
It can be tempting to join up and find a tribe when you’re traveling to a new destination. Sometimes these tribes turn into lifelong friendships. But they don’t always. Some con artists have mastered the art of befriending travelers, getting them to leave their valuables unattended, and robbing them before taking off.
6) Your safety is of the utmost importance
Don’t hesitate to spend a little more on your safety and health. Stay in a hotel which has better ratings. Have an easy access weapon with you. Dress conservatively. Shun unwanted flirtatious behavior that can ruin your aura of safety.
Well! There are plenty of other tips but these tips will serve as a solid foundation for the future.