Ready to embark on a new journey? Planning to travel by yourself? See how staying safe traveling solo can be an easy thing to do. You don’t have to be afraid to set out on a grand adventure just because you are on your own!
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The Key To Staying Safe Traveling Solo Is To Know Before You Go
I have always said that knowledge is key. And that applies to travel, both as a group or going it alone. While it is fun to be spontaneous, it really is best to plan ahead of time. Things to do include: checking for travel advisories for the country you are headed, verifying that your planned itinerary is still what it is supposed to be, even registering with the STEP program.
Find out if you need immunizations, make sure you have your medications that you will need. Is it safe to drink the water where you are at? By checking on these things before you head out will help you stay safe when you are out there traveling alone.
Let Someone Know Where You Are Going Before You Actually Go
Make sure you leave your travel itinerary with your family members before you head out on your great adventure. Things like:
- Copies of your passport & driver’s license
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of the places you are staying
- Flight times
- Sightseeing spots
Another great thing to do is to set up a time for a quick video chat or phone call, just to make sure you’re safe and still on track with your planned trip. If you can’t fit that in, maybe a quick text message or photo can do the trick.
Staying Safe Traveling Solo When Flying
Generally when I fly, I am with my husband. He never sleeps on a plane, so I know he is always looking out for me while I sleep. But what happens if you are flying alone? Here are a few things to consider:
- Avoid the window seat. If someone sitting with you is making unwanted advances or even getting grabby-grabby, having an aisle seat will make it easier to get away from the situation so you can find a flight attendant.
- If you can afford it, purchase a seat in the early rows. There is always someone going by that you can flag down.
- Avoid drinking or using medication when flying. Let’s face it, airplane travel can be hard on some people, and they may have to medicate. If that is the case, see if you can postpone your travel until someone is available to be with you. You don’t want to be in a situation where you may not be as alert as you should be.
What You Need To Know About Traveling Solo On A Cruise
If you happen to be traveling solo on a cruise, there some things that are unique in cruise ship safety. You tend to be more relaxed in a setting like this, but when you are by yourself, you need to be more aware of your surroundings.
When you first get to the ship, check for the nearest stairwell or elevator. Get to know your room steward. Avoid wandering the ship alone during the early morning or late evening hours. You may want to invest in a travel door alarm for your cabin door.
Bus Safety Tips You Need To Know
Traveling by bus can be very economical if you are going it alone. Here some tips for staying safe traveling solo on a bus:
- When you are traveling solo on a bus, it is best to sit up near the driver.
- When entering the bus, acquaint yourself with the location of the emergency exits and also the hammer used to break windows, in the event that the emergency exits are blocked.
- When you arrive at the bus station or stop, try to wait in a well-lighted area. The majority of crimes occur in areas that are dark and deserted. It’s also a good idea to carry a small can of mace, provided it’s legal in your state(or whatever country you are traveling in).
- Have a general idea of what the bus route should be. If you are going in an area that doesn’t seem right, be extra vigilant.
- Don’t wear headphones. Or if you do, make sure you can at least hear what is going on around you.
- Make sure to pack a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your carry-on bag. Use each time you touch public surfaces in the interior of the bus, such as the seat in front of you, the bus railing and all surfaces in the bathroom. Certain germs have a long lifespan. The last thing you want to do is to spread them even further.
- If you’re going on a long trip and plan to get off the bus at restaurants etc., take note of the bus number in case there are other buses (from the same company) in the parking area. You definitely don’t want to make the mistake of getting the wrong bus.
Staying Safe At Your Hotel
Staying alone in a hotel room when you are traveling can be a daunting task sometime. Especially if you are in a foreign land and may not be familiar with how things are. There are a few things you can do to make your hotel stay safe & enjoyable.
These things include:
- Stay in the nicest place you can afford in your budget. While you may be tempted to save as much money as possible, your hotel budget shouldn’t be one of them.
- When you get to your room, there are several things you can do to help to ensure your safety. First of all, block open the door with your body or a heavy suitcase and look around the room.
- Check the shower, the closet area and behind the curtains before you close the door. You can easily go one step further and request that a staff member accompany you to your room to perform the check.
- Pay close attention to the door lock. Make sure it is fully functioning. Don’t stay in a room that doesn’t have a deadbolt. Always use the deadbolt when in the room.
- Invest in a door wedge to use at night or when you’re in the shower. Many criminals wait until they hear water running to try to break into a room.
- Keep a flashlight near your bed. In the event of a power outage, this makes it easier to navigate an unfamiliar building.
Here is one more thing to consider when you are staying in a hotel by yourself:
Each time you leave your room, ask that your valuables be put in the hotel safe. If the hotel doesn’t have a safe, consider making reservations elsewhere. Always carry your passport with you if you’re using one.
So there are just a few tips for how to stay safe when traveling solo. It may be an intimidating process, but with a little planning ahead of time, you can have a fun AND safe trip.
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