Travelling solo is fun. It allows you to immerse yourself into the culture of the destination more than if you were in a group. It also helps you build confidence since you’re fending for yourself. But it also presents a challenge- how do you stay safe as a woman? Criminals are more likely to attack someone who’s alone. Here are some tips for your next solo trip.
As with any trip research before arrival is key. Know as much as possible about your destination: security issues, crime hotspots, location of police stations, emergency hotlines, the exact routes you’ll be using. Pulling out a map in public just announces to everyone that you’re a visitor. Don’t leave a map that’s been marked with your route sitting around in your hotel room or your rental car.
You might be trying to save your money, but staying safe is more important. Choose well-known hotels under reputable brands. When selecting a room, request for one above the ground floor, near the elevator, and away from emergency exits and stairwells. Try and book your accommodation before the trip to avoid being stranded in a foreign area.
One of the surest ways of attracting undue attention is to let yourself appear as a clueless tourist. To avoid this, walk with a sense of purpose. Don’t loiter. The more you look like you know exactly what you’re doing, the less you stand out. If you have to ask for directions look for shop attendants instead of random people on the street. Keep your valuables out of sight- in the hotel safe is even better. Dress according to local customs and climate.
Keep It Secret
Avoid letting people know you’re alone. If they ask whether it’s your first time there, respond by saying you visit often with family. This keeps off anyone looking for a lone woman as easy prey.
To your inner voice. As women we’re aware when our 6th sense screams “danger!”. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation or place, leave immediately
In The Hotel
There are a couple of measures you can employ to stay safe at the hotel:
- Leave the TV or radio on when you’re gone to give the illusion that the room is occupied.
- When you arrive in your room, check the room thoroughly before locking yourself in. Secure the windows and adjoining and balcony doors.
- Leave the Do Not Disturb sign on the door when you’re gone to deter burglars.
- Don’t hesitate to ask security to accompany to your room at any time.