When it comes to world travel, solo traveling is all about freedom, self-exploration, empowerment and knowledge. But, as I already said on previous posts, it’s very important to travel with responsibility and safety. So, if you’ve never traveled alone yet, you’ll probably find this post interesting and helpful because it’s crucial to be educated and alert while getting the decision to travel without any companion. You’ll find some of my favorite traveling tips for keeping it real and staying drama-free as a single woman on the road.
So, here are 5 things you should know before traveling alone:
1. Don’t show that you are traveling alone!
There is no need to do that, plus it’s dangerous to flaunt your solo status. Be conscious of your surroundings. So, every time you leaving your hotel room, place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door and leave the TV on. These tips give the impression that the room is occupied and that could deter theft.
2. Have an easy access to your money and your documents!
For your money, avoid your regular purse and prefer cross-body bags with zipper tops. Choose a purse top that is harder to pickpocket and keep your passport and key documents under your garments in a hidden security wallet.
Never forget to maintain copies of your itinerary and emergency contacts at all times (but not in your purse)! Upload copies of key documents to a locked site, such as Dropbox and be sure to keep a photocopy of your passport in each piece of luggage.
3. Dress like a Local!
Minimize attention by taking style notes from local women and try to blend into your surroundings. If you can’t pull off a full local look, just try to look like a seasoned expat. If you’re traveling to the Middle East, for example, the U.S. State Department recommends single women to wear a wedding ring. So, before traveling abroad, do your research about local style or about what other solo female travelers have packed.
4. More money for extra safety!
Females who travel alone should have a little extra budget in case they don’t feel completely safe. A fallback fund will enable to call a taxi when you don’t feel safe walking. If renting a vehicle, get a GPS and keep the gas tank above the half-full mark at all times.
5. Have always access to the Internet!
In case of emergency or not, it’s very important to have access to the Internet! It’s the easiest and cheapest way to communicate with local people by using Google Translation (instead of carrying a dictionary), to check the public transit, to navigate through Google Map and never get lost or to check the nearest and cheapest local restaurant. Of course, to check your e-mails and communicate with friends and relatives.
There are also 10 Free Must-Have Travel Apps you may find interesting!
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If you need more tips about Solo-Traveling, you may find interesting this post: Simple Tips for Traveling Alone
Or, if you would like wander in Europe and you want to know which countries are the safest to visit, just check this post: 10 Must-Visit European Cities (for Solo Female Travelers)