Travelling alone can be an incredible experience, but it can also be a little daunting at times. It’s important to take steps to protect yourself when you don’t have someone with you to watch your back. Try to follow these tips to stay safe as a solo traveller, whether you’re off hiking or for a city break.
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Have Arrangements For Your First Night Sorted
You can still travel with loose plans when you travel on your own, but for your first night somewhere, make sure you have your accommodation booked. This saves you from trying to find somewhere when you arrive tired and not familiar with somewhere. Plan how you will get to where you’re staying too.
Choose Your Accommodation Carefully
This is especially important for women travelling alone. Do some research before you book. Choose the location carefully. Look for somewhere that is in a good area of town, and that is close to transport and restaurants.
Read reviews before you book anything. If you use Booking.com, you can filter location reviews for solo travellers to get helpful information for your situation.
Be wary of prices that are too good to be true. If somewhere is very cheap, there is probably a reason for that.
Arrive During The Day
When it starts to get dark, places can feel very different and not quite so welcoming. It can be frightening to arrive somewhere new at night and then have to find your way to your hotel in the dark. If you can, arrive during the day, so you can find your way around without the added threat of darkness.
If you do have to arrive at night, don’t go walking around, even if you know your hotel is nearby. Use a taxi instead. Better still, get your transport to your hotel booked before you even arrive. This will cost a little more, but the peace of mind can be well worth it.
Share Your Itinerary With Someone At Home
Before you go off travelling, give someone at home a copy of your itinerary and your flight details. If you don’t have a full plan yet, a rough idea of where you will be and when is still useful to give someone, such as which hotel you will be in or the dates you have booked Egypt Tours. While you’re away, try to check in with people at home to keep them aware of your whereabouts. You can use messaging or social media so your family or friends will know if you haven’t made it somewhere you were supposed to be and can raise the alarm.
Photocopy Key Documents
Carry a photocopy of your passport. A scanned copy of this and your travel insurance documents saved in Dropbox or in your emails is a good idea too.
Try To Learn The Local Language
You don’t need to be fluent, of course, but a little of the local language can make your trip more enriching and keep you safe. Translation apps can help too.