When you are traveling solo, you will want to be careful, especially if you are a woman. Solitary women travelers are often the target of criminals, and you do not want to get into trouble while you are enjoying your trip. The following safety tips can allow women to have a fun and safe journey.
Try to stay in safe areas
It can be fun to explore new places, but you will want to make sure that these places are safe. You should do your research to find out which areas are dangerous and might be best avoided. Be especially careful when out at night since a lot of areas are fine during the day but become problematic once the sun goes down.
Avoid wearing a lot of flashy jewelry
While you are traveling solo might not be the best time to wear your $6000 diamond necklace. Bring the pretty yet obviously fake bead jewelry instead. Flashy jewelry can make you an attractive target, and that is the last thing you want to be while traveling alone. You also might want to only take the money and credit cards that you feel like you need and leave the extraneous things at home, as well.
Consider carrying mace
Some women like to keep mace or another pepper spray in their purse or pocket. If you do get attacked, that can help fend off your attacker. Make sure it is secure and can’t get opened by itself.
Consider hidden pouches for money and items instead of a purse
Snatched purses are one of the most common crimes against women tourists. If you can, you might want to try to avoid a purse all together. If you go to a travel store, you will find many items that allow you to hide your money and personal items in more secure places. They have thin waist sacks that can fit under your shirt, wallet armbands and even socks with pockets.
Be very careful with strangers
No matter how charming someone might be, you should always be wary, especially when someone seems to be acting strange or coming on too strong. Be careful about going somewhere with someone you do not know. If you are having drinks with someone, be careful about leaving them alone with your drink (for fear that they could put a date drug in it). Even if these precautions seem like a hassle, they can go a long way towards safeguarding you while you are traveling alone.
By being careful, a woman can enjoy a fun and safe trip. She should be careful in all that she does to create a great experience.