15 things to stay safe (even if you don’t speak the language) on your trip

Traveling alone is incredible. But it is also risky. It is no surprise to anyone that there are dangers out there, Especially knowing that we are living in a crazy, crazy world. Traveling alone is clearly not the same as when traveling in pairs or groups, we must avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations AT ALL TIMES.

When traveling alone, you need to take more precautions than ever. Regardless of being a guy or a girl, there are things to take into consideration.  When we are alone, our security depends on ourselves: the places we go and what we do will influence our safety when traveling.

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Traveling alone in Spain… Where my iPod was stolen for not being careful enough!

Ultimately, traveling alone does not have to be dangerous as long as you do it with a little common sense. Here are some tips.

1. Choose a destination suited to your experience.

If this is your first trip alone, the safest bet is to choose a place with a similar culture to yours. If for any reason you have to go to a different place culturally, do your research on what is correct or acceptable, and what is not.

Chewing gum could get you to jail in Singapore. 

2. Make sure your accommodation is located in a safe area.

You will find detailed information on sites like Tripadvisor forums or locals. You can do a google search on the area and see if it looks well-connected, with good lighting and in a good terrain.

3. Stay alert when you walk along the street.

Analyze your surroundings at all times. Take precautions in observing people, you may know if someone had spotted you as a foreigner and therefore an easy target to rob.

4. Trust your intuition.

If an area or situation  does not make you feel safe, go. It’s better when you feel okay about your surroundings and the people you are with.

5. Stay in crowded/busy areas.

Although crowds are also a great way for pickpocketers to get mixed into the people (which means yoiu must stay REALLY alert), it is safer to be in main streets and busy among a group of people.

6. Never tell strangers where you are staying.

This is pretty self-explanatory. Don’t give people the tools to follow you or vulnerate your peace.

7. Sleep well so you can be alert during the day.

When we travel, we all want to party, have fun, and let go of our fears. Choose your days to party, and your days to start the day early to sightsee. Although you’re traveling and all you want to do is go visit places, it’s also important to

8. Be sober.

Getting drunk in a place you don’t know it’s one of the most dangerous things you can do. It leavesdefencelesseless because you are not aware of your surroundings and your belongings. Unless you are traveling with a group of friends or meet friends at your destination, avoid drinking more than you can take.

9. Act with confidence.

Walk the streets like you know what you’re doing at all times. Tourists who seem lost are an easy target for scams, robbery and abuse.

10. Be aware of cultural differences

To better blend in with the locals, try not to stand out or look like a tourist. Find out about any festivities in the area you will be in, the culture and traditions. It wouldn’t hurt to find out about some unusual laws that you might be unaware of.

Flushing the toilet after 10pm is illegal in Switzerland

11. Do not wear jewellery or valuables

Try not to attract attention. On top of it being dangerous, it gives people the impression that you have more where that came from.

12. Be aware of your belongings

Keep your backpack, camera, mobile phone, wallet and other important items near you and pays special attention to very crowded sites to avoid pickpockets and shoplifters.

13. Save your documents

Always stored in a safe place, make copies of all documents and put them in a safe. Keep the copies with you for any misunderstanding r need that may happen.

14. Write down the address of your hotel

Since no one can be careful enough, keep the address written on a card, if possible in the local language, plus a map of the area and a number o call the hotel.

15. Keep diplomatic connections

Also write the direction of the diplomatic delegation from your country in the city you’re in. Embassies, consulates and other associations that can assist you in an emergency.

EXTRA TIP

Not to be forgotten, are the special rules for women. It hurts me to death having to say this, because I am a woman myself and it is clear there’s STILL a lot of fighting to do for equality.

Rape alert: BE aware of the rape rates in the place you are in. Have a plan in case someone gets to close to you. What I usually do (when I don’t have my knife on me – yeah, life has pushed me to a knife), I use a pen and poke people whlo get to close. That is usually enough for them to get the message.

Catcalling: Catcalling is incredibly annoying for anyone. And it’s one thing being told “Hey chica, whatcha doin'”, and another “Hey, pussycat… What a nice ass!” If you are in a comfortable environment, confront them and keep moving. If you don’t feel safe, just move along.

Police assistance: For any harassment or overexposing issue, inform yourself of the police procedure.

Wherever you are, you don’t have to tolerate anything you don’t like.

Have you ever been in a dangerous situation when traveling? Comment below!

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