Travelling on your own can be an exciting and exhilarating feeling. Whether you’re backpacking in Thailand or you’re sightseeing in the United States, going it alone gives you the freedom and opportunity to explore at your own pace – but it’s not without risks. Below, we’ve put together five ways that you can stay safe.
Don’t let people know
When you meet people on your travels, don’t let them know that you’re alone. Doing so can open you up as a target, and make you more vulnerable as you travel through the streets or spend time in a local bar. If you don’t feel comfortable, use phrases like “we come here often” and “my friend will be here soon,” and people will be more likely to leave you alone.
Have regular contact
One of the most important things that you should consider when travelling alone is regularly touching base with friends and family at home – and having a direct line in case of an emergency. Here at Planet Numbers, we make calling from abroad affordable, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team if you’d like to find out more about how we can help you. Ensure that your phone is topped up, fully charged and that you carry essential telephone numbers in your backpack in case your phone is lost or stolen. The Consumer Reports website has put together a handy guide to protect your smartphone, with tips that are especially useful to holidaymakers.
Choose the right accommodation
Backpacking solo can give you the freedom to turn up wherever you want and spend the night. However, for your own safety, you should stick to chain hotels that have good safety records. On top of this, make sure that you lock up any personal possessions in a safe, or using a padlock on your suitcase. For added security, ask the receptionist for a room above the ground floor and away from an elevator, and don’t be embarrassed to ask for an escort to your room if you’re feeling unsafe.
Leave the good stuff at home
Expensive clothing, watches, designer handbags and gadgets are great – but you should leave them at home when you’re travelling. Take only the items that you think you’re going to need on your travels, and keep your credit cards and cash hidden and out of view. To prevent yourself from being mugged, hip pockets, socks, money belts and shoes are the best places to keep your money.
Wherever you go, it’s important that you stay vigilant and alert at all times – especially when you’re in busy places like markets, concerts and other tourist attractions. Check your surroundings, keep your eyes peeled and never go somewhere you don’t feel comfortable or safe.
There you have it – five ways that you can stay safe when you’re travelling alone. Wherever you’re headed, have fun!