There are lots of female travelers who love to travel solo and create memories. But this is also a fact that traveling alone for a female is not safe anywhere. They are actually in the eye of everyone and they have to take care of themselves more. But this doesn’t mean that you should not travel alone. Trust me, go ahead and make memories, good friends.
So, when traveling alone, keep these tips in minds to be safe and secure:
1. Pack your luggage accordingly: When planning a solo vacation, keep in mind to pack fewer items. If you pack light then you can travel easily. Remember, don’t carry things which you do not need.
2. Dress Like a Local: Try to dress like the locals of the place you have gone. Plus, wearing revealing or tight-fitting clothes is a no-no and can be seen as rude in some cultures. And that’s not the first impression you want to give if you want to connect with the locals.
3. Carry a weapon: Be alert and always try to protect yourself. Carry a pepper spray with you if you can. Remember, however, that some countries outlaw pepper spray products and chances are, you won’t even be able to go past airport security without taking it out of your bag. So always check the regulations on traveling with pepper spray.
4. Pretend You Know Where You Are And What You’re Doing: It’s great to do extensive research on a place before visiting, but I really love figuring things out as I go. So what do I do when I arrive and I don’t know the place in any way? I act as I live there. As a solo female traveler, the worst thing that you can do when you’re lost, alone, and scared, is to act like you’re lost, alone, and scared.
5. Stay in Touch Via Social Media: Letting people know where and when you will be traveling is very good. While friends or family at home may be limited in what they can do, leaving a breadcrumb trail of your travels on Facebook or a blog is a great way to reassure everyone that you’re safe and enjoying yourself. As you meet fellow travelers, becoming friends on Facebook is a great way to keep in touch. I’ve met so many people throughout my travels that I still talk to regularly because of it.
6. Research about your destination: It is always worth checking to see if men in the area are particularly forward or have a tendency to approach female travelers. Knowing the typical tourist scams of a particular destination is also important to look into.
7. Always know your limit when drinking: Enjoying a drink with someone you have met during your journey. If I’m traveling alone I never get drunk. Even in a party situation. It’s one of the riskiest situations you can put yourself in as a solo female traveler. Drink in moderation and always be aware of your surroundings.
8. Be alert: Last but not the least, always be alert and pay attention to what is happening around. Enjoy but know what is good and bad. If you are getting strange questions or want to get out of a conversation, it’s easy to say something along the lines of, “I am here with my boyfriend or husband. Great to meet you! Bye!”
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