For those of you who are worried about traveling alone, it’s not as scary as you may think. People who have travelled alone describe their first travels alone as the some of their best experiences. Solo travel can be the ultimate in self-indulgence; there’s no one there to tell you what to do or where to be at any certain time. Traveling alone allows you take in new surroundings unfiltered by any prejudices, tastes, or preferences from any traveling companions.
While single traveling can be a big safety concern for some, with a little bit of preparation and common sense, you will easily make it through the rough spots.
Without a companion to watch your back, you are more vulnerable to criminals and scam artists. The saying “safety in numbers” isn’t necessarily true, as a solo traveler can blend in more easily than a group, and not drawing attention to yourself as a tourist is one way to stay secure. Make sure not to draw any attention to yourself, such as wearing flashy clothes or jewelry, or wearing clothes that appear as touristy.
Don’t be afraid to a lie a little when you are alone. When asking questions, tell them you’re meeting a friend. Make sure to leave an itinerary with a friend or family member at home, and stay in touch regularly. If you don’t have an exact itenary, send them information on where you’ll be staying.
When traveling alone, make sure to have a list of your emergency contact information that is readily accessible. The list can include your own personal information as well, in case you need help and can’t tell someone the information yourself. Having contact information for things such as your credit card company is smart too, in case your card is stolen or the bank froze your account for suspicious purchases (the fact that you’re card is being used out of the country).
Traveling alone can sometimes be frightening, but as long as you plan ahead and think right, your travels will be safe and easy. There’s nothing better than being able to experience a place for yourself, with the peace and ease of running at your own pace.