Traveling alone may open you up to unprecedented experiences in new places. Take full benefit of these opportunities while keeping your safety.
Things You’ll Need:
- Local Guidebooks
- Wedding Rings
- Postage Stamps
- Practice Personal Safety
Step by Step Instructions::
Step 1 Consider learning basic self-defense. For instance, by striking the eyes, nose, throat, groin or knees, you can disable an assailant.
Step 2 Research the destination so you’ll know what to expect regarding attitudes toward foreigners and, if you’re female, women.
Step 3 Request a room that isn’t on the ground floor, which can offer easy access through a window.
Step 4 Avoid opening your door to people who are unknown to you or who do not identify themselves.
Step 5 Become familiar with the characters at your hotel’s reception desk, and inform them of your comings & goings. Give them emergency numbers of relatives or friends.
Step 6 Get to know the area where you’ll be staying, and trust your intuition; avoid places that look risky.
Step 7 Dress like a local resident, or at least try to look inconspicuous in your dress and behavior.
Step 8 Walk with trust. If you’re feeling nervous, seek out a fellow adventurer as a temporary companion or stay close to another pedestrian so that you don’t appear to be alone.
Step 9 Stay sober, or at least know your limits when drinking.
Get Comfortable on Your Own
Step 1 Follow some of the routines you have at home: Drink a cup of coffee in the morning, take an afternoon jog, visit the market in the evening.
Step 2 Create a short home, if you are staying more than a several of days, by decorating your room with familiar objects, such as pictures, lights, and flowers.
Step 3 Go to a restaurant and bring a book, journal or materials for writing letters. You might also bring a guidebook or map to help plan the next part of your trip.
Step 4 Become a routine: Visit one shop consistently or have meal at the same café each morning, and get to know the people who work there. They can give you helpful advice about the area and, when you need it, provide support, which can be especially important in an emergency.
Step 5 Meet other passengers through classes or tour groups. They can share travel tips with you and even become temporary travel companions.