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A big concern for women living abroad is safety. Will I be able to travel safe alone? How do I go about convincing my family and friends that I will be okay? Will I make any friends?
Good news is, yes! You will be safe while living and traveling abroad. Following these simple rules will keep you safe.
Look up for the Local Emergency Numbers
Before you depart, search online for local emergency numbers of where you will be staying. Most probably you may never use them, but it’s better to be prepared just in case you require them.
Make local Friends
In this digital era, many networks assist female travelers to connect all over the world. You can inquire about things and customs to do in the area, or better still plan to meet.
Give Someone your Itinerary Back at Home
Make sure that a family member, friend or your fellow traveler is aware of your itinerary as well as where you are to at a given time. If there is a change of plans in any way, let someone know. Internet cafes are easy to trace, and affordable SIM cards ($20 USD or lower) are readily available in most countries.
Consider Travel Insurance
Get travel insurance, if your insurance does not cover you while overseas. You don’t have to head back home or pay the cost of medication upfront when injured from abroad.
For US citizens register yourself with S.T.E.P. (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program).
Make Copies of your Documents
Make copies of relevant documents such as a passport and other identification. You should as well keep safe electronic copies, in case the paper copy gets lost.
Additionally, take quite a numbers of photos of everything you are traveling with, then upload to cloud server. It helps in proving you own the item just in case a claim with the travel insurance is necessary.
Avoid walking Alone During the Night
Avoid walking alone at night at all cost, due to safety and security reasons. If you find yourself in this situation, slightly walk behind a couple or group. It may sound creepy, but no one wants to stand out walking solo. In most instances, the couple will get the message with a smile.
Stay in Lit Up and Public Areas
If you feel uncomfortable, switch cars, trains, or walk into a busy area like a restaurant. In case you sense someone is following you, stop and request for help from security personnel or the public.
Be Smart With Your Drinking
Getting too intoxicated can lead you to dangerous situations. Having a drink in moderation is okay, but only a couple drinks if alone. There is an increase in violators everywhere; you don’t want to be a culprit due to extreme intoxication as your inhibitions are lowered. It’s okay to have fun at times, but be cautious.
Never Leave Your Drinks Unattended
Whether in a restaurant or at a party, don’t leave your drink unattended anywhere. You don’t know the motives of people around. Also, never let anyone buy you a drink not in your view.
Don’t use Unregistered Cabs
Be sure to use cabs registered with the city. Avoid the “private cars” and get cabs that are authorized and recommended to work as cabs.
TIP: Keep money in various places. In case some of the money is robbed at least you don’t get stranded.
Lock all your doors and windows; keep everything safely inside and also keep locks on for your belonging always.
It’s easier to blend with other people when you dress like them. It helps in earning the respect of the people you are interacting with, also, respect their customs as well as modesty levels.
Trust Your Gut
If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, say no or walk away – there is no shame in doing that. If your gut is warning you of something that isn’t right, relax and listen to it. This natural sense heightens over some time. Surprisingly, listening to that inner voice can steer you in the right direction.
What tips do you have to travel safe as a solo female traveler? Let me know in the comment section below!
About the Author
Ella, Content Manager for trekbible, is a writer and content specialist with a predilection for learning and exploring new places and cultures around the world.
With family scattered throughout the U.S. and South Korea, she loves to see cross-cultural influences around the world. Her favorite thing to do on her travels is to taste the local cuisine of each destination.