In the recent years, there has been a considerable rise in the number of women travellers travelling solo both for pleasure and work. With women travelling solo, the first question that pops in the head is about their safety. So is it possible for a woman to travel alone and be safe? Yes, it is.
We bring to you some basic safety tips that will ensure you enjoy your trip to the fullest and come back home safe:
1. Do a bit of your research
So websites like TripAdvisor and Hostelz have genuine reviews of both the hotel and neighbourhood. So, research well and see the if locality you will be staying in is safe for woman and in general or not.
2. Look for a local friend
There are lot of ways to connect with fellow women travellers around you. Make a local friend out there. Even if you don’t want to hang out together since it’s your solo trip , you can always ask them about the local regulations and things to do in that area. Although, it won’t be a bad idea to hang up once in a while if you are going to be travelling alone for long, who knows you may end up finding a new best friend.
3. Share your itinerary with someone back home
Share your detailed itinerary, flight details, the hotels you will be staying in and where all you will be travelling to at least one person back home who can get in touch with you in case something goes wrong.
4. Keep a backup of your documents
Keep photocopies and scanned pictures of all your documents like tickets, vouchers, passports and driving licence with you. Also keep a backup of these on cloud or google drive to have them easily accessible anywhere you want. That way you won’t be in a total mess if you lose the originals somehow.
5. Take a local sim
If you don’t want to spend too much money, take a few international calling cards or take a local sim with basic plans to be in touch with people back home. It is important to give this emergency contact number to someone back home who can contact you in case of an emergency.
6. Do not neglect travel insurance
For a reasonable fee, travel insurance not only covers your emergencies and medical bills but also reimburse you for baggage lost or flights cancelled.
7. Stay in touch
While you may want to stay secluded and not disturbed by anyone on your solo vacation, it is important to stay in regular touch with people back home. Schedule a daily check in with them – Skype, WhatsApp or a phone call, whatever is suitable.
8. Pack light
Yes. Packing light is also an important safety measure as lot of luggage is a definite attraction for someone to rob you. You will also be more mobile if you do not have four large suitcases wheeling on the road in case you need to move quickly.
9. Allocate your money in different places
If you are carrying huge chunk of cash, do not keep it all together. Put some in your wallet, some in your bag and some in your locker in the hotel room.
10. Try to dress like a local
In order to avoid unwanted attention, dress in non-flashy clothes closer to what the local culture is. If you don’t look like an obvious tourist, you won’t be the first target to pickpockets. Not looking like a tourist also has the perk of better bargaining opportunities in local markets.
By Disha Dethi