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Traveling Solo: Is It Safe?

Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences that a person can have, no matter where a person travels to in the world. And, in an increasingly global modern society, many people feel the need to travel solo to different places. While safety concerns can vary from place to place, traveling solo can be just as rewarding as traveling in a group. Although it might sound scary and like a recipe for disaster, traveling solo can really pay off and be a rewarding experience, as long as you’re safe about where you go and what you do.

As long as you prepare well, you should be relatively safe (as long as you keep your wits & common sense about you and research/plan as much as possible).There are certainly some myths that go along with traveling solo, but don’t let them scare you away. Traveling solo can be fulfilling and allow you to discover more about yourself, what you think of the world, and how you interact with the world. Without further ado, here are some tips & tricks for traveling solo:

Research is key

    • Choose your destination carefully – check to see which countries/places your government deems as safe for you to travel to or if they have any general travel warnings
    • Don’t travel solo to places in active war zones, especially if you’re part of a group that’s not seen in a positive light (i.e., don’t travel to the Middle East if you’re an American; don’t travel to Israel if you’re Palestinian; etc.) since you’re more likely to be targeted
    • If you’re traveling alone as a woman or other minority, heavily research the place that you’re traveling to to make sure that it’s safe (if you’re LGBT+, don’t travel to a place that has anti-LGBT+/discrimination laws that might allow you to be jailed/hurt/etc.; same goes for if you’re a racial minority or a woman traveling to a place where people participate in illegal slavery/sex slavery)
    • Research the best & safest hotels & neighborhoods to stay in during your trip
    • Keep a map on your person at all times
    • Look up the transit systems before landing or getting to your destination
    • Figure out if you need any new vaccinations before you leave for your trip
    • Research the fashion of the place that you’re visiting & try to conform to it as much as possible so that you don’t stick out (if you stick out, you’re more likely to be a target, esp. if you’re alone)

Be safe

    • Don’t share personal information (i.e., what hotel/hostel/neighborhood you’re staying in, flight info, etc.) with strangers (even tour guides)
    • Always lock your door & keep your luggage locked when you’re out during the day
    • Lock your doors at night when you’re asleep
    • Don’t be overly friendly (this allows pickpockets to distract you & steal from you)
    • Keep your passport, wallet, & other important documents in a safe, locked place
    • Don’t show off excessive amounts of wealth (this makes you an easy target for pickpockets & other criminals)
    • Don’t get wasted/stay as sober as possible (so that people don’t take advantage of you)
    • Stay alert
    • Buy travel insurance
    • Let family members/close friends know your travel itinerary/travel information so that they know if/when something goes wrong if you don’t make it home by a certain date & don’t hear from you (while that sounds paranoid, it’s important in the event that you end up seriously hurt or worse)
    • Keep an eye on your drink (regardless of gender), esp. if you’re out at a bar
    • Keep a stash of emergency cash hidden in your luggage & only use it for true emergencies

If you’re looking for more travel tips, check out our Travel page! And don’t forget to check out our Lifestyle and History pages as well if you’re interested in those subjects.

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Briana Maddox View All →

As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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