Traveling alone is on the rise. As transport, roads, and technology improve, it’s now easier than ever before to travel for business and pleasure. And traveling alone is no longer just the realm of the traveling salesman. Women, as well as men, are breaking away from convention to make this big beautiful world a little smaller.
That said, there are practicalities and safety issues to be aware of. They needn’t hinder you, but it’s important that take heed of them.
- Alert Friends And Family
Before setting off, it’s important that someone is aware of your whereabouts. Even if you intend to travel around, leave a copy of your itinerary with someone you trust and make sure they have a means of contacting you.
- Arrange Check-Ins
If you’re traveling remotely, where communication is difficult, it’s important to establish regular check-ins with people at home. Therefore, if something happens and you miss a check-in someone will be aware of it. They can then take the appropriate steps.
- Securing Your Possessions
Securing your possessions is important regardless of who you’re traveling with. But, if you’re alone, it poses additional risks. There’s only you to keep an eye on it. And, if a bag is lost or stolen you could be in a sticky situation if no-one else has a hotel pass or extra money. So, take extra precautions and be vigilant. Opt for secure luggage that is lightweight and lockable. A good approach is to read through reviews before making a final choice. And make sure that any vital documents, money, etc. are kept secure. If the hotel has a safe, make use of it. Whenever you leave the hotel, make sure you have enough cash with you to make a phone call or get a taxi back to your room.
- Eating Alone
Eating alone at a bar or restaurant can feel a little uncomfortable, but it’s something you get used to. Pack a book or magazine, or scroll through your smartphone. Depending on your destination, you’ll probably find that people will come over and strike up a conversation. But a note on this; sometimes attention can be unwanted. Make sure you learn some key local phrases to politely decline and discourage attention if it is unwanted.
Long flights can seem endless if you’re traveling by yourself. Make sure you take plenty of books to keep you occupied and make the most of the in-flight entertainment. Load up your MP3 player in advance with plenty of tunes and podcasts.
If you’re renting an apartment, make sure you’re in a well-populated area. There’s an advantage of staying in someone’s home through a service like Airbnb as you’ll be immersed in the culture, rather than staying in a tourist area. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to mix with the locals.
If you’re staying at a hotel, when checking in make sure you’re not overheard. Ask the receptionist to write down your room number, rather than saying it out loud. It’s just an extra precaution to avoid giving away the location of your room to strangers.
- Choose Wisely
When deciding on your destination, choose the locality wisely. If you’re an extrovert and mix well with other people, it’s likely you’ll feel at home anywhere. However, if you’re more of an introvert, busy, vibrant cities might be a better option. They will allow you to be surrounded by other people without the necessity of being overly social.
Traveling alone is a unique and rewarding experience. Being aware of a few simple precautions will enable you to stay safe and enjoy your time away.