If you are a female traveler who enjoys occasionally traveling to other countries alone, then you are well aware of the countless benefits of solo travel. You can take a bit of time to truly enjoy the country you are visiting at your own pace, and you have the opportunity to visit all of the destinations that you desire. Of course, traveling alone to other countries, also means that you need to be a bit more mindful of your own safety. In other words, don’t throw caution to the wind, simply because you are on vacation. Although the best advice for a woman traveling alone is to use common sense, here are a few tips that have helped me during my travels.
Leave any flashy jewelry and gear at home. I know it’s hard to leave your prized possessions at home i.e. designer purses and jewelry, but if you plan on seeing an area as a tourist, you don’t want to set yourself up to attract purse snatchers, pickpockets or anyone else. Just in case your purse is snatched, have an emergency stash of cash in a hidden pocket or one of your socks.
Dress like a local. Although in the States my attire varies, I always opt for fairly conservative clothing when I travel abroad. It’s always a good idea to avoid wearing form fitting clothing that will attract unwanted attention.
Don’t carry a lot of cash. Thieves love cash, so avoid carrying a lot of it when you travel. Instead opt for credit cards, prepaid re-loadable debit cards and travelers checks. My personal favorite option for travel is the Visa Travel Money Card, which is a prepaid re-loadable debit card.
Keep your head up when walking down the street. Always look like you know where you are going when you are in a strange place, and be aware of your surroundings.
Wear a simple wedding band. If you find that persistent men approach you a lot when you travel to other countries, purchasing an inexpensive wedding band is definitely the easiest way to get much of this to stop. It may sound silly, but it’s highly effective!!!
Photo by Bruce Tuten