So many of us dream of setting off and taking on a new nation, a new language, or a new culture. Traveling is an experience like no other that everyone should feel free and comfortable to do. For many of us, it’s the reason we work as hard as we do—for the vacation and time off.
Unfortunately, it can be challenging and a little bit frightening to travel on your own, but thankfully, enough people have done it and perfected the process to trailblaze a path of insight for those looking to do the same.
3 Tips to Safely Travel Abroad on Your Own
- Legitimate Tours to Sightsee With
Sightseeing is a huge part of the traveling abroad experience, which is why finding a company that is trustworthy and completely official is so significant. Tourists have been known to get scammed, simply because they don’t know any better.
Now, with the help of the internet, plenty of sightseeing companies have the platform for reviews and public feedback that you should keep in mind when deciding who to give your money to.
Legitimate tours are everywhere, no matter how far you may feel! For those considering trekking in Morocco or adventuring throughout Thailand, know that there are plenty of official sightseeing ventures being offered that have vast amounts of information, awareness of the local area, and reverence for teaching others about local history and culture.
- Helpful Safety Apps
Apps can play a huge part in making singular travelers feel more protected and safe. Noonlight, Tripwhistle, Chirpey, and RedZone are just a handful of many apps that communicate “safe” and “unsafe” places for tourists. Using these apps, other tourists report the areas where bad experiences have happened to alert fellow travelers.
Additionally, if you have any friends or family in the area that you are staying with, more recent Apple phones allow you to share your location with them. This is hugely helpful, as it reveals your location entirely on your terms and only with the people you want to know in case something goes wrong.
In fact, you could share your location with friends and family back home to also keep an eye on you, so long as you also provide the information of local authorities’ contact information lest something goes awry.
- Safety Gear
Of course, to prevent pickpockets and robberies, there is also a wide variety of safety gear for travelers that could keep your belongings close. Our top suggestions are safety bracelets, travel locks, and money belts.
Safety bracelets are bracelets that have your personal and medical information on them in case anything happens. Travel locks are portable and help keep your belongings from getting broken into. Lastly, money belts keep your cash, cards, and even passport close to you no matter where you are.
Safety is always the most important thing to keep in mind, and that is even more so when you’re traveling abroad by yourself in an unfamiliar country. Tourists are often the main targets for pick pocketing, trafficking, and more for so many reasons—they are not as familiar with the area, it’s harder for them to get into contact with anyone, those they can get into contact with are not physically nearby, and plenty more.
That is why it is vital that, if you plan to go abroad, you follow the tips we have provided above to better ensure your security at all times. We want your experience in foreign lands to be exciting and thought-provoking above all else. So, pack your money belt, a smartphone, and go forth safely!