This is the second in my series on overcoming solo travel objections.
We have been told that there is safety in numbers. But, just because you travel solo doesn't mean that you are alone. You can still find safety in numbers. Check out solution #1 and then read on.
- Stay in public. This is my Golden Rule of solo travel safety. Public is always safer than private. People observing the behavior of others has been a social control mechanism since the beginning of time.
- Think about how you stay safe where you live. Whether you live in a city, town or rural area, there is danger of some sort. You avoid it with knowledge. Be informed about your destination.
- Study maps before you arrive so that you know where it is safe to go and where the limits of safety lie. It's easy to walk one more block and end up in a dicey neighborhood.
- Trust your intuition. If a person or place doesn't feel right, leave. Be rude if necessary.
- Keep where you're staying to yourself. Your accommodation should be your safe-haven.
- Carry your address written in the local language on a piece of paper with you so that you can easily tell a cab driver where you want to go.
- Always stay sober, well rested and alert so that your judgment is not impaired.
- Adapt to and respect cultural differences – be polite on your host country's terms as well as your own.
- Dress and act with modesty. Don't flash jewelery, equipment or gadgets of any kind. What you consider cheap could be worth a lot in another place.
- Stay in touch with family and friends. Register your travels with your government before you leave. Have a means of getting help quickly if you need it.
And, keep perspective on what's important: your person, your documents, your money and your stuff… in that order.
By being smart, solo travel is just as safe as traveling with a companion. I hope this allays any concerns you have about safety.