Traveling alone can be very tough and challenging. It can be more challenging if you are a woman. With the media hype, it becomes difficult to stay away from the scary thoughts. Though there are many travelers that claim that it is safe to travel in other countries if it is not the dangerous location. For safe travel, you need to do a lot of research about the place especially if you are traveling for the first time. You need to take some precautions, and you can enjoy your travel even if you are traveling all alone. Your fears can be reduced with common sense and the alertness. We may feel unsafe because of the new locations and the unfamiliar language and the culture. You must always stay confident as it works wonderfully.
Wear appropriate clothes
While traveling, you must wear appropriate and comfortable clothes. Research the country you are traveling to. Check how the local women wear the clothes. In many Asian and African countries, women do not wear the revealing clothes. It is good to cover your arms and legs at such places. You can buy the local clothes when in that country and wear them. You will be part of the locals. Do not wear very branded clothes and jewelry. This can catch the attention of the thieves. Stay away from such risky situations and stay safe. Your clothing does reflect your personality but while traveling choose simple clothes.
Do not get over friendly
You would be in the foreign land. Everyone you meet will be a stranger to you. Avoid becoming very friendly with anyone. Do not reveal the information about yourself to the suspiciously gentle people. Stay away from getting very friendly to the people until you have a good observation of that person. Do not rely on the gender. You being a woman may think that speaking to the other woman would be safe but who knows if the other woman is a crook. You must stay in touch with your country’s embassy in the new country. You must have the local numbers of the embassy. In case of any emergency, you can reach them. They would be your only help in the strange country. Avoid visiting outdoors in late hours. Avoid going to the empty places and at very crowded places in late hours. It is best to carry some safety weapon for yourself. You can carry a pepper spray with you. Do not carry too much cash. Take off all your real metal jewelry. You can wear fake if required.
Do not carry too much money
Do not carry too much money when stepping out from the hotel. You can carry one credit card and some money. Keep your money separately. Do not keep everything in your wallet. You can hide some money in your socks or the under garments. If there is access to the safe at your hotel, it is best to keep your original copy of passport and other travel documents there. Always carry the photocopies of the passport and the documents. Keep everything in the small purse. Buy a purse whose string can be crossed across your chest and shoulders. The purse should be sturdy enough and should not be cut easily. Do not keep valuables in the backpack as it can be robbed very easily without your notice. Leave your ATM card at the hotel if that is the only source of money you are carrying.
Keep your identity card and address of your stay
You must always carry a card that has the name and address of the hotel you are staying in. You can show it to anyone and check in case you are lost at the place. You cannot expect people to know and speak English with you when it is not their language. It is a good idea to keep the small phrase book with the local language. You must be good at map reading as you would not need much assistance and find out your route. Keep the map open when hopping in the taxi. The taxi guy should not charge you more if you know the route. You can question him if you find him cheating. Do not hire the flat fared taxi as definitely he would charge you more than the normal dare. Go by a taxi that has the meter on it and shows you the distance, and it’s fare.
It is good to have the local number with you. It would cost you less than the international roaming number fare. You get this facility in all the countries now. Carry your cell phone as it is the best mean for you to stay connected with family and friends.