Traveling solo can be both a bit frightening but also truly empowering.
You can go wherever you want to go and do the things you want to do. Plus, you also get to make all the new friends you want. However, while the level of freedom is fantastic, it’s also important to play it safe.
Here are some tips for ensuring you experience safe travels. Knowing how to protect yourself while traveling alone can help ease fears you may have of flying solo, too.
Keep Your Personal Info Private
Along your journey, especially as a lone traveler, you’ll often find many kind, helpful people. While many of these thoughtful folks you meet will be genuinely kindhearted, it’s unsafe to be overly trusting.
Try not to give up too many personal details, like your full name or home address. Some seasoned travelers even suggest creating an alternative email address to give people you meet while traveling.
Make sure your luggage tag is somewhat concealed and any personal documents are stored away.
Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Regardless of where you are, try to always stay alert when it comes to what’s happening around you. Whenever you find yourself in busy, public spaces, note how to locate the exits. Always keep an eye out for emergency personnel that can assist you in case there’s an emergency.
When traveling abroad, try to memorize a few keywords and phrases in the local dialect as well. Also, note what the local emergency number is as well.
It’s important to note that you can’t always rely on cellular service. Make sure you’re able to use your in-room phone to call out if necessary. (You may need to speak to the front desk about allowing outside calls when you check in.)
Keep Your Travel Plans Private
If you live alone, try to not post about your trip on social media. There’s no sense in advertising you won’t be home. It’s fine to post photos and stories when you return, of course.
Secure Your Room and Belongings
Anytime you’re in your room, be sure to put out the “do not disturb” sign and keep the locks secured. When it comes to personal belongings, always keep the most important ones with you wherever you go. (This is why it helps to travel light.)
Use Common Sense & Trust Your Gut
Need help getting around? Ask the hotel or hostel concierge to help you arrange transportation. Also, be sure you know how to get back to your accommodations. Shuttles and taxis may not always be available, and the last thing you want is to be lost and stranded. Keep the phone number and address for where you’re staying with you at all times.
Trust your gut. If you feel unsafe where you’re staying, find other accommodations. If you’re out and about and feel uncomfortable, you can always leave and go somewhere else.