More and more people are travelling solo as a way for self-discovery and character development. It's fantastic to explore and see what the World has to offer, but its important to stay safe out there. We know that for some of you, this may be your first time travelling to another country alone. Just to help you out, here are our top 10 tips for female solo travellers. Enjoy! :-)
(1) Only use Official Taxis
Check with the information point, the airport officials or hotel information point and find out where the official taxis are. Do not go into a taxi that you have not called for.
(2) Arrive in the daytime
Arrive in the daytime; there will be a lot more people walking around that can help you. Also, trying to find your way around a city you have never been to is a lot less scary in the daytime.
(3) Learn the places to avoid
Research the city or country you will be visiting in advance. Find out which parts of the city are safe to stay in. Do not compromise your safety just to save money. Make sure you have travel insurance, take the taxi instead of walking at night. Be very vigilant and aware of your surroundings.
(4) Photocopy your travel documents
Losing your passport or flight tickets is a common problem and can ruin your vacation. To avoid this, make sure to have photocopies of your passport, flight tickets and any other important documentation. Put a copy, in your bag, in your purse, in your hotel room or have it saved in your phone. You never know when you might need it.
(5) Avoid giving away personal information
While travelling solo, you will meet a lot of interesting people. Remember to be vigilant and do not let strangers know what hotel you are staying in. Also, do not tell the person you are alone.
(6) Check out travel alerts
Check for any travel alerts in the country you will be visiting and look out for any alerts on wars or any other state of emergency situations. In addition, research the common crimes and scams in the country so you are well prepared and watchful.
(7) Dressing Requirements
Some countries are a lot stricter than others in terms of dressing. Before you travel check on the dressing requirements for that country or city and dress accordingly.
(8) Listen to the Locals
If locals or hotel staff tells you to not go to a certain area because it is dangerous. Do not go. In more nuanced situations, always follow your gut.
(9) Act Confident
Even though you may be unsure of yourself at times. Always act confident and assertive, it will make you less of a target.
(10) Let people know where you are
Visiting a new country or city is very exciting and you can get so caught up in the fun that you forget to update your