There are few things in this world as fun-filled as traveling alone. Especially when going on a tanning vacation, whether you roll over some cozy beach sand or you want to get busy within the middle of the Pacific under the blistering sun. Solo traveling poses as much danger as its promising gay prospects. Traveling alone can be an amazing experience cos you are free to follow or make a few tweaks to your schedule. You may also discover a new thing about yourself on one of your solo travels. It is essential that you consider that salient advice and caution that mum gave us. Adherence to these tips as summarize below might just be enough to make this solo travel much more interesting and less scary.
Here are ten tips you can follow when traveling alone to feel safe
Follow your intuition
In situations where you are alone and have a tongue feeling that something isn’t right it is best you trust your intuition. If it does not feel good to be at a bar, hotel or park leave the place at once. Always follow your intuitions in circumstances that are dicey. It will go a long way to save you ‘ had I knowns’. Just a moment of intuitive actions can help avert an impending mishap.
Do not always be polite
Being polite can sure endear you to lots of people especially in a place where you are not known. It might just require that soft answer or cute smile from you. But if the situations were reversed, say you notice a stranger trailing you with perceived bad intentions being polite would unnecessary. You should know when to put up a stern face, scream and draw attention to yourself and the area you are in. Being impolite at that moment might just be the simple solution to losing that tail. Who knows it might just have saved you from that convocation game.
Minimize the flashy stuff
Wearing the most expensive jewelry may make you look gorgeous but it can also turn you to a pick pocket’s mark. Flashy and expensive jewelry can be left at home to minimize the attention you attract to yourself. Because believe me, even if you don’t get them going after your jewelry, they’ll definitely go after your wallet purse.
Always carry a map
Carrying a map around can be detrimental as it exposes your identity as a tourist and can draw unwanted attention to you. However, it doesn’t undermine the importance of a map especially when you are in a city you don’t know much about the locations and language. In a case that you don’t know the language, you can point to the location and make communication easier. A map also helps you understand the city transit and makes moving around a whole lot merrier. So while going a fishing with your crankbait for bass fishing, don’t forget your map!
Stay sober and alert
Traveling alone can make you feel a bit relaxed and elated. that is wonderful! But it’s important that you reserve some sobriety for the right situation. It is essential that you stay alert even while trying to mix into the luxury of the new tradition, it pays to stay aware of your surroundings. To stay sober, you might want to lessen the quantity of alcohol and drugs you take that might tamper with your sobriety. You wouldn’t want to misjudge or be misjudged by a stranger.
Don’t accept help easily
Locals around your location might be eager to help a tourist in need or a greenhorn in the area. That’s fine. But that might just be another trick on the gas. I won’t advise that you accept just any help offered to you. Scrutinize it and make sure that whatsoever happens you are not endangering yourself.
Try to blend in
A popular adage says, “when in Rome act as Romans”, it will go a long way to help you save yourself a whole lot of stress and danger. Looking like a stranger might just spell vulnerability, so you try as much as possible to blend into the culture of the place you are. This can even help you with a lot of favors when the locals see you appreciating their culture.
Do not jump in to help
Yes! Just as you won’t accept any help that floats across, you should be hesitant to offer one too. If someone needs help, get someone else to go to their aid with you. A local is in the best place to help and protect you should it be a con game.
One more thing, be careful and make sure the local is not part of the con.
Carry card of your hotel
Carrying the business card of your hotel can be very helpful as it can serve as your map if you happen to get confused along the way.
Beware of alternative exits of your hotel
This is especially important if your location is known for robbery and invasions, the alternative exit might be your knight in shining armor in such circumstance.
Furthermore, before you go out ask about safety. When you return at night, ask for an escort to your room if you are nervous. Use the security lock. Lock important items in the room safe. When you leave your room, leave the TV and a light on if possible. These tips, of strictly adhered to, can make you feel very safe while traveling alone.