It’s Fearless Friday! One of the concerns I hear most from people (especially because I’m a woman who often travels solo) is concern for my personal safety. This goes for both women and men, though. Here are a few tips for staying safe no matter where you are, and why you really shouldn’t be worried.
1. Be aware of your surroundings.
This one seems like it should be obvious, but when you’re jet lagged and in an unfamiliar place, sometimes it’s good to be reminded! Don’t walk around with earphones in, keep your bag, phone, and money near you and not easily accessible to the casual passerby. Practice common sense, and look like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t!
2. Have a plan.
Look at a map and ask for directions before you even leave your accommodations, and know what you want to do and see. This doesn’t mean you can’t be spontaneous, it just means you’re not going to be wandering around like an easy target all day.
3. Be organized.
Ladies, do not put yourself in a situation where you’ll be digging around in your purse. Bring a purse with you that has zippered pockets and a cross-body strap. Nothing is absolutely thief proof, but you can take certain measures to make stealing from you as difficult as possible for the bad guys! Keep your bag closed and against your body at all times, and the same goes for your phone–keep it on your person or safely tucked away where you know where it is!
For more on staying safe, check out The Ladies’ Guide to Traveling Solo and 5 Reasons to Travel Solo!