There’s a safety concern that comes with traveling alone, often especially for women. So here are super-helpful tips on how to stay safe and have the solo trip of a lifetime.
1. Plan your route. Proper planning means you can tell people back home where you’re going. At the very least you should plan ahead so you know you'll be able to get a taxi from the airport to your hotel, for example.
If you’re arriving late at night, make sure the hotel you’ve chosen has a 24-hour front desk manager, or at least some means of letting you in at an odd hour, as the last thing you want is to be stuck outside at night with nowhere to go.
2. Let people know where you’re going. Whether it’s your family and friends back home or another traveler at the place you’re staying, let people know your itinerary – and if it changes, make sure they know that, too. Know the whereabouts of an Internet cafe so you can check in every once in a while.
3. Carry a dummy wallet. This should contain a few expired cards and a little cash so a thief thinks they’ve got something worthwhile before going on their way. This helps you to avoid having everything stolen; keep the most important documents, cards and cash more closely concealed.
4. Trust your instincts. Use them to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Don’t feel you have to say “yes” to the first person who offers you something, even at the expense of seeming rude. This is especially true for taxis; make sure you book through a reputable company and always ask for the price before you get in the car as many will try and rip tourists off.