Planning on taking a trip by yourself this year? Why not? Ever since I read ‘Eat. Pray. Love‘ it’s been on my mind. My cousin recently told me she was interested in visiting Egypt. She’s heading out this summer despite not finding anyone willing to take the trip with her.
If you do decide to hit the road solo, here are a few safety tips to consider:
- Pack light. Don’t let your luggage bog you down. The last thing you need is to have to rely on strangers to help you get to and from transportation. Bring what you need and make up for what you don’t. The less you bring, the easier you can maneuver through the town.
- Dress appropriately. Don’t call unwanted attention to yourself by dressing provocatively in a country that perhaps frowns on the attire. Think about your surrounds and respect each country’s unspoken rules.
- Don’t let everyone know you are traveling alone. We all get excited. We all start to jabber when we are giddy with excitement. But did you see the movie ‘Taken’ with Liam Neeson? If not, it’s a must see. Two young girls told a handsome guy they were traveling alone and in a matter of minutes they were kidnapped. Sure this is an extreme case – but better be safe than sorry.
- Try to sit near families. Are you taking public transportation? Head on over to an area where a family is sitting. It might look like you are part of the group. Make conversation with them. You will become less of a target once someone else on that bus is connected to you.
- Take part in a walking tour. Instead of venturing out into a foreign country by yourself, consider first signing up for a tour group. This will allow you to get a high level understanding of your surroundings and help you choose which areas you should return to and visit on your own.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share about traveling alone? I would love to hear them.