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We’ve compiled a list of tips to keep safe when traveling (solo).
Above all else, use your at-home street smarts, instinct and intuition to guide your decision making.
Just because you are somewhere different does not mean that you abandon common sense and good judgement. If something doesn’t feel right, change the situation so it does.
1. Travel during daylight hours.
2. Understand your accommodation’s check-in window. If it is not all day, arrange in advance the time and location of check-in and key pick up. Consider a place that has 24 hour check-in.
3. Organize accommodation for at least your first night in a new location.
4. Keep the hotel name and location on your person so you are not fumbling for the address when you get into transit or ask someone for directions.
5. If you are traveling to a country that speaks a different language than yours, download the Google Translate app (and the particular language) so you have the ability to converse.
6. If someone you meet is weird/off/strange or is making you feel uncomfortable, you do not have to engage with them or continue a conversation out of obligation. Politely excuse yourself and remove yourself from the situation.
7. If you notice someone following you, pop into a restaurant, bar, shop, hotel, etc. and alert someone. Order a cab and have someone walk you out to the car.
8. If you plan to go out for libations, do not leave your drink unattended and do not get drunk.
9. Do not leave your items unattended, even if a place seems cozy or safe.
10. If you are going out in the evening, notify a trusted person of where you plan to go and when you generally plan to be back.
11. Use public transportation during the day but splurge on taxis, Uber, Lyft at night.
12. Do not hand taxi drivers large bills. Give them smaller bills and ask for the change you expect back.
Attire & Daily Gear
13. Do not wear flashy jewelry or items that draw attention to you.
14. Do not keep large amounts of cash on your person.
15. Do not keep your wallet in your back pocket or your purse behind your body.
16. Always keep some form on identification on your person. We recommend a driver’s license. You can leave your passport at your accommodation (unless the country of travel requires this level of identification or it is required to purchase alcohol).
17. Be mindful of a country’s fashion and cover up if traveling to a more conservative part of the world.
What are some of the (solo) safety tips you pass along to loved ones?
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