Being alone sometimes is immensely therapeutic. You can eat alone and appreciate the food, do a solitary walk to think and travel alone to meet new people and for personal growth. Traveling solo is one in the bucket list of people nowadays. According to survey, many people have traveled alone either for business or pleasure.
For starters, traveling alone is scary, but if you'll get the hang of it, it's addictive. Several solo travelers love the freedom of being on their own in a strange place. They love doing the things by themselves without thinking of any companion. In fact, traveling solo has helped both men and women gain confidence.
But you have to think of your safety at all times, especially for female travelers. When you're alone, there's no one to watch your back. It doesn't mean that you'll be scared, but you have to use you common sense. If you feel uncomfortable, get out of it immediately. Here are some safety tips for solo travelers.
Don't be a Cheapskate
When traveling alone in a foreign land, don't be afraid to break your bank account for a bit. When booking your hotel, look for hotels that are located in the safe area of the place you're visiting. Look for a fancy and popular hotel that is not so expensive. Also, book a taxi ahead to pick you up at the airport when you arrive. Uber is popular nowadays, it's a great app and you can assure your safety. The app tracks both the driver and your location in their system. And paying a taxi at night is safer instead of walking alone in a strange place.
Have a Dummy Wallet
Carrying a dummy wallet wherever you go is a great way to keep a few cash just in case and keep the bigger bills somewhere else. You can keep some of your stash in your bag, money belt or even in your bra.
Stay Cool, but be Aware
When you're going to a vacation, make sure you're aware of the crime rate of the city or town. Don't wander to dark places with less people. Don't flaunt your valuables like in crowd places. Wear lesser pieces of jewelry or wear nothing at all. You don't need expensive earrings or rings when you travel. Also, be aware of your surroundings, don't earbuds and listen to music while walking.
Trust your Instinct
When traveling, it's important to trust your guts or instincts. If your gut tells you that something is off, it probably is. If the situation feels uncomfortable, don't continue, just leave! Always trust your intuition and stop worrying what other people think, just stay safe all the time.
Traveling alone is a bit scary. It's normal to be worried that being alone will make you a target. How will you know if traveling solo is scary or enjoyable if you're not going to try it? Traveling alone can make your intuition sharper, less scary and more fun. These safety tips for solo travelers will help you stay safe and confident. So if ever you feel scared and want to blackout, just remember that there are many solo travelers have survived and had fun doing it and have traveled alone again and again.