Solo travelling can be unnerving for some people, but if you would overcome that fear, it can be the most rewarding things you can ever do. Aside from the opportunity of exploring the world, you can also gain a new set of friends along the way.
Safety is the biggest factor why a lot of solo travellers shy away from taking the leap to travel alone. Agree? Well, you are not alone. Almost all people who are travelling solo (especially females) have been somewhat concerned with safety. But don’t fret! As long as you’re prepared and is knowledgeable about the safety tips for travelling, then you’ll be fine.
Safety 1: Your Family or Friends Should At Least Know Your Itinerary:
It’s better to let someone back home know your itinerary if you are travelling by yourself. You need to update them on designated days, so they’re always informed that you’re safe.
Safety 2: Keep Your Eyes On Your Drink ALWAYS:
We bet that everyone knows this already! When you’re bar-hopping alone, please never lose your sight on your drink at all times (especially for women). Also, take a look at how the bartender makes it and watch it as they hand it to you. This rule is considered as a good and safe travel practice for everyone to never leave your drink unattended unless you’re finished.
Safety 3: Allot Extra Money:
Even if you have calculated already the money that you’ll be spending, it’s 100% safer to bring extra money for unexpected situations. For instance, you are not comfortable walking back to your hotel at night, then just take a taxi or uber instead.
Safety 4: Learn Basic Phrases and Sentences of the Country:
Study a little about the language in the country you’re visiting. It’s awesome to learn some local words as it will always get you some extra goodwill. If you find yourself in a difficult situation and you’ve practiced a couple of sentences, then it will be a big help. While you are practicing them, write them down and keep them with you for situations like that.
Most likely, you won’t be needing them for other stuff than to start nice conversations with locals, but it will become an extra safety when you are by yourself.
Safety 5: Don’t Wander Around an Unusual Place at Night:
This is an obvious one, but sometimes, travellers get swept up by the excitement and curiosity of a new place and just forget all about it. Well, if you’re in a well-lit, busy area with a lot of people then you’ll be fine, of course.
When travelling alone, it’s very easy to get lost in a new city in the dark, not noticing that you’re already wandering already into a rough part of town without even realizing it.
Safety 6: Do Your Research About Unsafe Places and Scams:
This is very important when you’re on a solo trip. Be knowledgeable about potential unsafe places and common scams in the city so you can avoid them. Bring with you a list of emergency numbers (local police, emergency response, and your emergency contacts)
Also, you might want to make a plan on what you need to do in case of any unfortunate accidents, bring extra cash or apply for travel insurance. This is another way for you to be prepared and ready for any unpleasant surprises.
Safety 7: Have an Anti-Theft Bag:
There are a lot of anti-theft bags in the markets designed for travelling that you can choose from, so go and buy one. But if you don’t see yourself spending on one, just use a plain dark-colored bag with no brands or logos, and no visible zippers for your day bag. You will most likely not to be the target if it looks like you’re a difficult one.
Safety 8: Stay in Central Part of the City:
The central part of the city usually have lots of activity, and that’s good. Why? Instead of saving money on booking a hotel in a quiet, residential area, it’s better to stay close to a subway station so you can avoid walking alone too far, especially after dark.
Safety 9: Stay in Backpacker Hostels:
If you are travelling solo, most of the time it’s better to stay in backpacker hostels. Try to hang out in the common area and make friends with fellow travellers who share the same interests/itinerary so you can go together. Travelling alone doesn’t mean that you literally have to be alone. Just put some extra effort and you will surely find like-minded individuals who’ll be happy to go with you.
Ivandrea Ollero: is a writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, one of Australia’s luxury hotels providing accommodation in Parramatta and great historical Sydney experience for tourists. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.