Travelling can be one of lifeâ€™s most fulfilling and thrilling adventures, and many of us enjoy hitting the road alone. Women, in particular, are choosing to journey solo. Women who are travelling on their own, though, are often more vulnerable than lone men. If you are heading out alone, itâ€™s worth reading through these tips about the few extra precautions solo women should adopt when travelling abroad to keep themselves safe.
Keep Your Travel Documents Secure
When travelling abroad, youâ€™ll obviously need your passport and other important travel documents. Make sure you keep these in a secure and protected place. Leaving them in your accommodationâ€™s lockable safe is an option or you can carry them around in the inside pocket of your bag with a zip. Be wary of pickpockets, though. Iâ€™d also recommend scanning a copy of your driverâ€™s licence, insurance policy and passport, and emailing them to yourself. You could also forward them to a responsible friend or family member.
Meet and Greet the Locals
Travelling abroad is a great way of discovering new cultures and meeting a fabulously eclectic variety of new people. Offering a smile to a stranger may start a conversation and enhance your experience as the locals provide you otherwise unknown insight into their city. They may also warn you if youâ€™re in a vulnerable situation or reach out to help you if they see that youâ€™re in need.
Keep Details Private
You should be cautious of not being overly friendly though. Remember to keep certain details to yourself, particularly the address of where youâ€™re staying. If someone asks, give them a vague response without seeming rude.
Stick to Your Plan
Though one of the joys of travelling abroad is being spontaneous, itâ€™s worth dropping a text message informing someone back home of your whereabouts. Let them know where youâ€™re heading and confirm when youâ€™ve arrived. If something does happen, at least one person will know where to find you.
Arrive During the Day
If youâ€™re backpacking and changing location relatively often, make sure you arrive at your new location by mid-afternoon â€“ itâ€™s much easier to find a hostel or hotel in daylight. Youâ€™ll also have time to assess how safe you feel in your chosen area and find somewhere else to set up camp if you are uncomfortable.
Keep Things Local
The best way of experiencing the culture and heritage of your holiday destination is to mingle with the locals and support their local economy. Eating at local bistros or food markets, purchasing local crafts and souvenirs, and staying in locally-owned hostels or hotels is the most effective way of ensuring your money goes directly into the localâ€™s pockets. Itâ€™ll also make your experience more authentic.
Many women find immense pleasure in travelling abroad solo, as it makes them feel stronger, more confident and independent. While exploring the wonders of the world itâ€™s nevertheless important to always remain sensible, respectful and aware so that you keep yourself out of harmâ€™s way wherever your adventures take you.
Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveller and insurance expert with the team at Let's Go Insure. Ethan’s passion is to inspire his clients to go just that little bit further, deeper and higher on their travels and he loves to share his expert knowledge and tips for travelling abroad. If you're looking for the best travel insurance, Let's Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer a range of competitive insurance without compromising on cover.
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