Travelling is something so many of us dream of, but so few get the chance. Whether it’s financial concerns, it’s not the “right time” or you’re worried about the effect it might have on your career or relationship commitments. For those thinking about travelling solo, it’s usually a safety concern. I mean, how safe is it really to travel the world alone?
Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that with a little research, planning and common sense, you can safely travel the world solo without running into too much trouble. Something your parents will probably be glad to hear. Here we’ve put together some of the simplest solo travel safety tips.
Get your insurance sorted – now!
Ok, so we have to talk about the importance of travel insurance – are you covered? You’d be amazed at how many travellers run the huge risk of travelling without it, and then pay the price (literally) when things inevitably go wrong. Travel insurance will cover you for trip cancellation, flight problems, lost luggage and lost/damaged luggage. Your travel medical insurance will help you with medical assistance, illness, broken bones, access to medical teams, transportation to hospital and even repatriation. You might not need it, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Walk with confidence
Your nose buried deep in a map, looking around for street signs, scratching your head and wringing your hands in a panic are all tell tale signs that you don’t belong, you’re lost and you’re vulnerable. Making you the perfect target for scams, cons and even theft. If you’re visiting the Eiffel Tower then a wandering tourist is to be expected, but if the busy streets of Cairo? No. If you get lost simply head into the nearest café or bar and ask for help, walk with purpose.
Carry the business card or your hostel/hotel
This one is great if you’re not overly confident with the language yet or the signal or battery on your smartphone has let you down. Showing the business card to a local or even a taxi driver means they know you need help trying to get back to our accommodation.
Take a break
Travelling is incredible and immersing yourself in a new culture and vibe is a once in a lifetime opportunity. But it’s also exhausting and you sometimes you need to give yourself a time out. Becoming overwhelmed whilst travelling is common, so take a day to chill at your accommodation, head to a cooking class, or even take a guided tour of the cities best tourist spots.
Try to avoid flashing your wealth or looking distinctly foreign. If the country you’re visiting is conservative then they might have dress codes you need to adhere to – so do a little research. Be respectful and polite. Things like buying a local paper will help you look more like you belong and it’s a great ice breaker too!