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Safety Tips For Traveling Alone

Aug 5, 2008
There are few opportunities more exhilarating than traveling alone. Although it may seem that you will become lonely or bored, the time you spend with yourself can be exciting and give you a sense of freedom and independence.

However, traveling alone can also be a bit intimidating if you are unprepared concerning how to keep yourself safe. If you know what to do and how to prepare for safety in advance, it will make your vacation all the better.

Planning ahead is imperative regardless of the company you keep on a trip, but it is especially important if you are taking a vacation alone. By checking out the area, your hotel, and transportation for your vacation spot, you will be able to move about with little difficulty. And do this work in advance will result in less stress as you get closer to your time of departure.

Search out the nearest restaurants, attractions, and directions shortly after arrival so you are not standing in an unfamiliar area by yourself.

Also, obtain a map of the local area as soon as you arrive at your destination so that if you get lost you can quickly find your way back to the hotel. Mark the areas in which you plan to visit, and then map out the directions before leaving the hotel so you can move about confidently. People in unfamiliar places who look like they may be lost are prime targets of crime.

Relying on a cab driver to take you to attractions without knowing where you are is not a wise idea because you simply won't know whether the person is taking you to the correct location.

When your point of destination has a different native language, you should either learn the language or have a book of translation with you at all times so you can at least communicate with others at a very basic level. You don't need to be fluent with their language, but you should learn a few common statements and requests.

Another important tip is to remember is to dress appropriately throughout your journey. By wearing flashy or expensive clothes, you may actually alert others that you are a tourist, thus making yourself a target of crime or undue attention. The less attention you bring to yourself, the better off you will be.

On a similar note, don't go to the other extreme and dress down so much that you scream of being a tourist. Try to blend in. It is a great idea to find out what the locals wear and then dress similarly.

Finally, do not wear expensive jewelry or carry valuables where you may be at risk of losing them. Just as you likely wouldn't wear thousands of dollars of jewels around your hometown (right?), consider the same strategy around the streets in a location with which you are unfamiliar. Ignoring this simply invites trouble.

Traveling alone can be an exciting adventure if you plan for safety and know how to handle yourself calmly in the event of a mishap.
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