While solo travel isn’t for everyone, there’s certainly plenty to like about it — you’re travelling on your own terms, don’t need to make compromises, don’t need to wait on anyone, and don’t need to visit places you don’t want to. So, it’s little surprise why so many enjoy exploring the world on their own, with women making up the largest demographic of those seeking out solo adventures.
1. Carry your accommodation address with you at all times
Preparation is key when travelling out on your own. These days, most people rely on their phones for everything — from banking to emergency calls. But what if your phone dies while you’re out sightseeing and all of your accommodation information is on it? Bring a card with information about and directions to your lodging, so you may return safely. If you’re travelling to a country where you don’t speak the language, this is crucial.
2. Share your location with loved ones and utilise solo travel apps
While you’re away, family members can easily keep track of your whereabouts to make sure you’re safe when you share your GPS location with them. Google Maps, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger are all great options for setting this up.
For those exploring a new city on their own, apps like maps.me might be a lifesaver. Based on your current location, it will recommend restaurants, attractions, and even places to avoid.
3. Fake it till’ you make it
Never let anyone you meet on your travels know that you are alone. Pretend you have a friend staying with you or that you are catching up with them in a few hours whenever you meet someone new.
One excellent piece of advice, especially for those staying in rented accommodations, is to purchase a pair of men’s shoes and put them outside the door. This will give the impression that someone is home at all times, which may deter potential intruders.
4. Perfect that grimace!
Too much friendliness and politeness to strangers makes us easier prey for thieves. Practice your ‘nasty face’ instead. This should stop people from misinterpreting your kindness as a sign of weakness.
Another tip is to strive to fit in with the locals as much as possible. Have difficulty finding your way around? Keep your cool and don’t make it obvious that you’re lost.
5. Spend the extra money on staying safe
It is critical to spend somewhat more than intended to ensure safety. If it costs more to fly during the day, pay for it. Or drop a few extra dollars for accommodation in a better neighbourhood/area. Consider purchasing a transfer that will drop you off at your accommodation rather than in the city centre. It literally pays to be safe in this case.
6. Bring these with you
Get yourself a fake wallet and fill it with fake cash. Keep your money in your bra, money belt, or wherever else you feel safest, but be aware that if someone asks for money and you don’t have any, they may become aggressive.
You can also add an extra layer of security to the door of your hotel room, Airbnb, or single-room hostel with a portable door lock. It works on all inward-swinging doors with a bolt between the door and the jamb. Be sure to also read our hotel safety tips for women.
7. Pack light
Okay, not exactly easy for everyone. Keep in mind that you should only pack what you will need. When you travel alone, there is no one to keep an eye on your possessions if you need to take a break or run elsewhere.
It is vital that your luggage be lightweight and easy to transport. Cash, credit cards, a passport or ID card, a camera, travel-sized toiletries, and clothing are all required. Aside from the added mobility, light luggage will save you money.