Exploring the world alone has become more popular in the past ten years. Traveling solo is a way to get to know yourself as well as to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You are able to go where you want, when you want, and you do not have to worry about keeping your travel partner happy. It is especially important to make sure you keep yourself safe if traveling alone. Here are a few tips on how to do so.
First of all, plan ahead. This does not mean that you have to plan every single detail of your trip before you leave, but you should have a rough itinerary and let somebody know where you are going. This could be family, a friend, or even the hotel concierge. Try to keep connected even if its just a text message or an email every couple of days to say that you are doing well. This means that if something were to go wrong, it would be noticed quickly and help could be sent your way.
When traveling alone, you dont have a partner to help you out if your possessions are stolen. You should therefore stash your IDs and cash in several different places just in case this happens. You could also use the convenient purse pouch as seen on TV to keep your valuables safe. It is also recommended that you photocopy the data page of your passport and even leave a copy at home so that if it is stolen or lost, you could still be able to get home. The last thing that you want to happen is to be alone with no cash; it can be very dangerous. Always keep your wits about you, and if this happens, contact home immediately to ask for help. It may be worth asking your bank if they offer any specific support when traveling abroad.
Make sure that you do research before you go. If you are clued up on the area, then you are more likely to use your time wisely and also stay away from places that are not as safe. For example, try to stay in busy areas after dark and know the local emergency number. It is worth researching the lodgings that you are staying at as well. Do they offer any group tours or support for those who are traveling alone?
As well as the area itself, it is important to know what dangers may be a threat in the area. For example, what animals are native to the area, and do they cause harm? This could make you aware to bring bug spray or even just to stay away from certain parts of the area.
There are some companies that charge a single supplement that could make your travels even more expensive than someone traveling with a partner. Make sure to research ways round this problem because there are some companies who offer last minute deals or alternatives.
Stay safe and have fun!