I figure this would be a good place to keep useful articles for traveling, since I always get questions from friends about traveling. One of the things about the internet is that everything is available.. finding what you need however is always quite difficult.
6 Safety tips for solo travellers
6 Safety Tips for Solo Travellers
Staying safe is even more important when you’re on your own.
Share Your Plans
Having an itinerary when you’re travelling alone is a good idea. Letting someone know where you’re planning to be could save your life. If you were to go missing, it would give the police a place to start looking for you. Give someone at home a copy of your plans and let them know if those plans change. It’s also a good idea to leave a note in your hotel room or hostel bed. Someone will definitely notice if you don’t vacate your room when you’re supposed to and they may be the first ones to realize it if you were to go missing. Leave a note in a prominent place with your day’s plans on it and be sure to change it every day.
Make ‘Phone Home Dates’
I always make plans to phone home at a specific time when I’m travelling. Usually every few days I will call my parents, and they know that if they don’t hear from me, something is wrong. I also try to get access to the internet every day to send them a quick email or update my Facebook page so they know I’m still okay. It helps alleviate their fears, so they can get a good night’s sleep, and it also makes me feel safer knowing that someone is keeping track of me.
Be Choosy About Sharing Information
Everywhere I go, I always get people trying to chat me up. They’ll ask you where you’re staying, how long you’ll be around, where you’re from ― anything they can think of. I never tell the truth, especially about where I’m staying. While chances are they are just harmless guys looking for some conversation or a nice foreigner to practice their English with, I don’t want to take the risk of having some guy I rejected waiting for me outside my hotel when I return. There is no harm in telling a little white lie to a stranger for the sake of your safety.
Try Not to Act Lost
A lost tourist is a perfect target. Though it can be hard sometimes, try to always look confident, like you know exactly where you are and where you’re going. If you need to look at a map, duck into a bathroom or store to do it. Never accept help from people who approach you. Remember, if you ask directions to a hotel, that person will then know where you’re staying. See above for why this is bad. If you need to ask directions, groups or young couples are a good bet. They are more likely to speak English if you’re in a non-English speaking country and are probably more likely to be harmless.
Don’t Get Drunk!
Think of how easy it would be for someone to take advantage of you in an unfamiliar place. Now imagine yourself drunk in that same situation. The risks are exponentially higher. While it’s okay to have a few beers or a glass of wine with dinner, be very careful not to let yourself have too many. It will impair your judgment and let your guard down more than you would probably like. It’s especially important not to get so drunk that you can’t find your way back to your hotel or need assistance with things like walking and standing. And never accept drinks from strangers.
The dangers of travel are much like the dangers of normal life, only heightened. You’re in an unfamiliar place, maybe you don’t speak the language and you’re thousands of miles away from anyone who knows you. This is what makes safety especially important while travelling. All of these things make you an easy target for petty crime like pick-pocketing or worse things like rape. Be careful not to become so safety-obsessed that it ruins your trip. It’s important to strike a balance between being wary and adventurous. If you label everyone you meet as a rapist, you’ll never make any friends or meet any local people, which is half the fun of travelling. Just keep on your toes and never be too trusting. Trust your gut. If a situation just doesn’t feel right, get out of it.