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How to stay safe when traveling solo

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How to stay safe when traveling solo


While solo traveling is an exciting prospect, it can also be a very nerve-racking experience. You’re not just traveling by yourself—you’re trusting yourself to get around without assistance, and making sure there’s nowhere for you to run into trouble. If you’re planning on traveling alone and don’t want to end up in jail or dead from dehydration, then there are some steps you should take before embarking on your trip on how to stay safe when traveling solo List:

Factor in new challenges, like the language barrier.

If you’re traveling alone, it’s important to factor in all of the new challenges that come with traveling abroad. One of these is being able to communicate with locals—especially if you aren’t familiar with the language.

If your goal is simply to get around, then having no one but yourself as a barrier may not be a problem. But if your goal is more than just getting from point A to point B (and maybe even stopping by Point C on the way), then knowing how and when to ask for help could make all the difference between getting where you need to go and getting lost forever.

Before embarking on an adventure into foreign lands, it’s wise always to learn some basic phrases in their language. For example: hello! goodbye! thank-you! sorry/excuse me/sorry about that…

Research what the weather will be like at your destination.

Weather can be unpredictable, and it’s important to know what to expect when you’re traveling solo. Plan ahead by researching the weather in advance at your destination and packing warm or light clothing accordingly. If you are traveling somewhere with a lot of sunshine (like Hawaii), pack sunblock! If you’re headed somewhere that is freezing cold, make sure all your clothes have an extra layer or two on. In this way, you don’t get too cold during the night.

Research places with Wi-Fi.

When you’re traveling solo, it’s important to make sure that Wi-Fi is accessible and reliable. Poor connectivity or an unexpected power outage can interrupt your internet access. To avoid stucking in that situation, always make sure to get reliable Wi-Fi.

So how do you find out if there’s free Wi-Fi? Search for “free wifi” on Google Maps or Yelp. You can also go directly to the website of the hotel or hostel where you plan on staying (if applicable). If there appear to be no problems with either method, then all should be well!

Know where you’re going, and how to get there.

Here are some things to keep in mind when traveling alone:

  • Know where you’re going. Whether it’s a city, town, or village, knowing the name and location of your destination can be vital if something goes wrong.
  • Learn some basic phrases in the local language (and if possible, learn some key phrases in at least two languages). If you’re lost or need directions, locals will often be happy to help—but they may not understand English well enough to translate what they say into English for you. However because of their limited knowledge of English many people won’t offer any assistance unless asked directly by an English speaker first!

Practice your verbal self-defense phrases.

You may not know it, but verbal self-defense is just as important as physical defense. If you’re traveling alone, you can’t depend on someone else to protect you. Because what happens if they don’t understand what’s happening or how to react in a dangerous situation?

Here are some phrases that will help you defend yourself if something goes wrong:

  • “No.” This phrase is one of the most common verbal defenses used by women when dealing with men who try to grab their breasts or buttocks (or any other part of their bodies). It’s also helpful if someone tries to take something from your bag or purse—the word “no” works like magic!
  • “I’m not interested.” This especially works well when someone tries to kiss on the first date; telling him/her that he/she should stop immediately makes it clear that what he/she wants isn’t welcome at all times and places.

Create a “safety plan.”

You should also have a “safety plan” in place. This is a list of things to do if you get lost or need help. It includes:

  • Know where the emergency exits are, so you know where to go in case of an emergency.
  • Have an idea about what kind of medical care you would need if something happens and make sure that person knows how to contact local authorities (police, fire department).

Be sure someone knows your itinerary.

Be sure someone knows your itinerary.

This is a no-brainer, but it’s important to make sure that you’re sending out emails or texts with your plans for the trip. If you can’t tell someone in person that you’re traveling, send them an email or text message. This will inform them of where and when you’ll be on their phone. Or even better, have them write down all of this information so they don’t forget!

If there are multiple people involved in the trip (for example: two friends and another friend), then each person should have their own itinerary. This way if any one person gets separated from the group, they’ll know what their next steps should be. This helps in how long things could take before making contact again with other members of their party.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Take advantage of the fact that you’re traveling alone, and don’t be afraid to use it to your advantage. You may not fit into any of the typical stereotypes of travelers—you might be young or old, male or female—but that doesn’t mean people won’t still help out when they see an opportunity.

When I was staying in hostels by myself as a college freshman in Europe and Asia (I’m still trying to figure out what makes me so darned brave), I would always put up my website on the bulletin board outside each hostel with “help wanted” written at the top. So, other guests could get in contact with me if they needed something from me during their stay there. This worked well! Many people would write down their phone numbers within minutes of seeing it posted. Some even said thank-yous for helping them find another place than theirs!

Join a group tour if possible.

If you’re traveling solo, it’s important to join a group tour if possible. This can be done in many ways:

  • Join a travel company that provides guided tours and make sure they’re reputable. You can find this information online or ask your hotel concierge for recommendations.
  • Search for travel agencies in your destination city on Google or TripAdvisor (a great resource!). It’s also possible that you might find one through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but these are generally geared toward couples who want help finding romantic trips together—not necessarily those who want to meet new people while traveling alone!
  • Consider joining an exchange program where students from all over the world live together while attending university or working at an internship abroad—it not only gives you access to international experiences firsthand but also makes networking through language barriers easier than ever before!

Remember that people are good everywhere.

Remember that people are good everywhere.

You may be surprised at how many people will help you on your travels. Especially if they see you are in trouble and need assistance. The best way to stay safe is by being aware of your surroundings, but most importantly remember: people are good everywhere! Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed; they want nothing more than to help others move forward with confidence and ease.

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Safety while traveling solo is an important part of planning. So factor it in thoroughly and make sure you’re prepared for the worst

Traveling solo is a great way to experience the world, but it’s also important to be prepared for what can happen. You might find yourself in a foreign country that has an unfamiliar culture, language or food. Or maybe you’ll meet up with friends who want to show off their new favorite restaurant or bar—and they’re bringing their friends!

Whatever the reason for your trip, safety planning is an essential part of any trip: whether you’re going on vacation or traveling alone as part of an assignment at work (or even something more personal). Researching potential destinations and weather can help ensure that no harm comes to you while abroad.


Although traveling solo can be a challenge, there are many options for staying safe. The first step is to put safety on your list of priorities and think about all the ways you can keep yourself safe when going out alone. Make sure to practice your verbal self-defense phrases, join a group tour if possible, and plan ahead with friends or family members. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if needed!

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