The biggest issue for many solo travelers is – will I be safe? And are you likely to spend the entire time on the road looking over your shoulder? Will you actually be able to enjoy your adventures?
Well, I’m here to tell you that if you’re sensible and follow some basic rules of safety and throw in a little common sense, you’ll be absolutely fine. I’ve also collected some safety tips for any single solo traveler, so have a look and don’t worry – enjoy your travels!
Look after yourself
Looking after your health is crucial whilst you’re away from home. And staying safe in the sun is imperative. Make sure you pack a pair of high quality sunglasses like these cat eye sunglasses from Eye Buy Direct, that will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays and preserve your vision, as well as a high factor sun cream, plenty of water to keep you hydrated and a sun hat to avoid sunstroke.
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of how impressive your accommodation might be. Or it’s location, but when you’re booking your room you need to keep a few safety aspects in mind. The first, is never choose a room on the ground floor. Why? Because it’s much easier for someone to gain entry to your room via a ground floor window. Opt for a room on the first or second floor instead.
When you enter your accommodation, do some checks. Make sure that the windows and doors close and lock properly. Many travellers take a door stop with them to place under their doors as an extra precaution. Always opt for a room with a deadbolt on the door. And if none of this is present, then ask for a different room. Your safety is paramount.
Be kind, but cautious
You’re going to meet some incredible people on the road and make friends for life. But you still need to exercise caution. A pleasant conversation with someone in a bar is fine, but don’t feel pressured to relay too much information about where you’re staying or where you’re going. If you plan to meet them again the next day, meet in a public place. When checking in at your accommodation, keep your luggage with you and take it up to your room yourself and be wary of your volume when you give your room number to a member or staff – you never know who might be listening.
Don’t go off the beaten track
Don’t be the person who is tempted off the main street down an alley with the promise of cheap tour tickets. Keep your wits about you and if you feel uncomfortable in a situation then leave.
The person wandering down the street, their face buried in a map, looking up at signs and scratching their head is someone who is going to attract unwanted attention. You’ll look vulnerable. Instead walk with confidence and if you’re lost, step into a café or shop and ask for help.