I’ve always been taught to look over my shoulder, not be trusting of strangers, and travel in groups, or at least a pair for my personal safety. However, it’s not always possible to be with someone, especially when taking solo trips. So how can women exercise caution and protect themselves when traveling?
1. Don’t disclose hotel information. When meeting people on vacation, it’s so easy to start conversations and say “Hey, where are you staying?” Be cautious in revealing where you are staying, especially if you’re traveling alone. It’s all fun and games until you have a stalker waiting for you in your hotel lobby following you around town.
2. Don’t be flashy. While I love designer sunglasses and bags as much as the next girl, it’s best not to be so flashy when traveling. You never know who’s watching and just waiting for you to leave your bag unattended so they can swipe it. Also, always put your valuables (including your passport) in your room’s safe. Better to be safe than sorry.
3. Talk with the locals. By locals, I mean your hotel concierge, restaurant waiters, tour guides, etc. They are used to talking to visitors and giving recommendations for the best places to go and things to do. Most of the time, they’re a trustworthy source.
4. Drink responsibly. It’s always best to drink within your limits on vacation, especially if you’re traveling solo. It’s never a great idea to drink past your limit because your judgment is impaired. Someone may see that and take advantage of you, which brings me to my next point…
5. Never sit your drink down. My Dad always made sure to remind me of this when he knew I was going out with friends. People are crazy and again, you never know who’s watching and waiting for the perfect opportunity to deceive you.
6. Don’t be naive. If something feels wrong, it probably is. Trusting your gut will never steer you wrong!
7. Be safe at night. Would you travel alone down a dark alley at home? Probably not. Use the same common sense and caution whether traveling solo or not.
8. Be Confident. If you learn nothing else from this post, learn that confidence is key. Even if it’s an act, people aren’t usually tested if they appear confident in their demeanor. I do my best to exude confidence every where I go, but especially when in a foreign place. I never want to be a target!
While these tips are aimed at women to use while traveling, I believe everyone can stand to use a little caution when in a new environment. Do you have any tips for women or people in general? Be sure to comment below!