Travelling alone can be a daunting experience, but also a hugely rewarding one. However, it’s important to remember that being by yourself makes you responsible for your own safety, and sadly means that you are potentially more at risk than people travelling in a group. Don’t worry though – follow these simple solo safety tips and your travel experience will be one to remember for all the right reasons.
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Research the area
Before you even set off on your journey, try to do some research into your destination. Check out which areas are known to have higher crime rates, and if anywhere sounds particularly risky be sure to make a mental note and avoid it. Keep in mind that while certain hotels may be slightly more expensive than others, it might be worth paying that little bit extra to ensure you are staying in a safe area.
Let family know what you are doing
Although travel is often about independence and proving that you can cope on your own without family or friends, it’s still important to let them know what you are doing. Give somebody a copy of your schedule, and let them know roughly when you will get in contact with them. This way, if you get in trouble, somebody at home will know something is wrong and can send help.
Check your taxi
It might be tempting to hop in the first taxi you see, but if it’s not a licensed vehicle steer well clear. Unlicensed taxis can be driven by anyone, and it’s likely that they haven’t passed the required safety checks and tests that licensed cars and drivers have. Research the reputable taxi companies where you are staying beforehand, and note down their phone numbers so you can call for one if you need to.