Many of the joys of traveling is to explore the beauty of a particular country and the people who live there . With a companion on this adventure to share , is not always possible or desirable. Alone can be liberating and self-insure . With passport in hand , and common sense the way I keep myself safe by the same set of guidelines , if my travel myself to Newton , Kansas or Nairobi, Kenya.
Before leaving, be sure that you have a mobile device that service in that part of the world in which you have to travel. Know-how to use the local phone system to place as both local and long distance calls and to contact emergency services .
Call a friend
Always make sure that someone of your itinerary, flights , hotels , meetings, or scheduled tours are aware of. If your trip is less structured , pre -schedule the date and time to communicate . Texting , calling or shooting off a quick e-mail lets people know that you are good and an important aspect of personal safety.
Arrival in Daylight
If it is at all possible , arrive at your destination as long as it 's still light . If air and ground transport service does not allow it . Before planning your ground transportation from your arrival to your destination location Can recommend many hotels shuttle or private car services that are safe and reliable. If none of these options are possible, stay near the airport and head to your destination in the morning.
Go with confidence
Go with a purpose - head up, eyes forward , confident - even if you have no idea where you actually drive . If you need to refer to a card, do not pull it out on a street corner and seem obviously lost. Duck in a store or restaurant and ask for it. Always circling your hotel on the map and use that as a reference point. If your hotel is not on the card, write the name and address on the map as a reference if you need directions.
Before straying too far from your hotel / hostel or bunk house , take a photo of your environment. Start with your room number when the number is no longer in the majority of hotel key cards . Pick up a business card for the hotel at the front desk and plug it in your wallet. If the public transport, take a photo of the train station or bus stop , where you board.
Get a Sense of Direction
Apply a small compass or hand - navigation system and note the location of the hotel in relation to the city , the mountains, clock tower and other attractions . If you have a navigation system, pre-programmed with the airport and hotel addresses. In this way , if you are tired or disoriented to remember if you are booked on the northern or southern location, it's all at your fingertips.
Hire a driver
As a lone female traveler , you need to depend on the kindness of strangers on your journey. Follow your gut. If you get a particularly good and secure feeling of a driver , ask him for his card. Many drivers , especially the airport - are based , offer special half , full or multi-day offers for tourists. In addition, if you " locals " look for your personal safety and security have , they will usually keep you free from danger. They also minimize the possibility of becoming victims of crime across as you are , again observed by someone who has your best interest at hand. Remember , the local driver wants to end the "Tour " paid! Taking a chance on a gut feeling has repeatedly improved my travel experiences and provided me with a much more authentic look at my goals , people and traditions of the country .
In some countries, Western women as promiscuous because of the way we dress ourselves be seen . Do your research before packing and take a look around when you are on the floor. I always pack a scarf or cotton "wrap " be prepared. Note that if all women have their heads covered , you should too. If you are the only exposed shoulders for miles , reveal . Knees must be under lock and key , and finally , exposing toes with open-toed shoes may not be acceptable . (They are not really in certain religious buildings or government agencies allowed if any of these body parts are exposed !) Selection of children children's song "Head , shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes ... " and you are not sure to offend.
Bags, purses and ownership
Wearing a cross-body hip bag keeps your valuables safe and secure. Large bags are easy to get into and items can easily disappear , especially in crowded areas. Shoulder bags can be cut and handbags can be discontinued and forgotten. Alone is not the time to wear your finest jewels or even carelessly expose latest electronic device without mounting to your wrist or belt.
Alone is not a time to test the limits of your alcohol or controlled substance use. Overindulging can lead to a whole series of difficult or dangerous situations. You can easily victimized as unwanted advances poor judgment reduces your control over a situation . If you want to partake in an adult beverage , buy it yourself and keep it in your eyes . This is true whether you are at a coffee bar in Amsterdam or the hottest new club in Cuba !
Obtaining or avoiding men
If you want to restrict unwanted male advances , try wearing a simple wedding ring. Do not make direct eye contact as this simple gesture is often seen as a sign of aggression or sexual advance. Do you know what the social norms for the area in which you will be traveling. In many areas of the world, single women are not allowed at night unaccompanied. Simple social knowledge can be serious security flaws in the female solo traveler.
Alone makes you approachable, less intimidating and is the best way to increase self-confidence . Each trip I . Bring a good book and an open mind I return safely home to share my experiences with those that I love, and by following these tips, you will as well.