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Traveling alone can be an exhilarating experience. But if you’re going to be exploring unfamiliar places with no one but yourself to rely on, it’s important to stay safe and comfortable. Here are some tips for making the most of your solo excursions:
You should always be prepared to travel safely, especially when going alone. Make sure you have the following things with you:
- A map of the area. You may not be able to rely on technology or even people if something goes wrong while traveling alone, so it’s best to carry a map of your destination and its surrounding areas. If an emergency arises and there’s no one around who can help, this could save your life—or at least give directions to someone who might be able to do so.
- A phone with GPS tracking enabled. Even if you think that using GPS is too much like giving up your freedom, consider that it could make all the difference when trying to find help in an emergency situation; plus, having access to this technology means being able to easily contact friends or relatives for support if necessary!
- Emergency numbers programmed into your phone (and written down/carried on a bracelet). This includes local police departments as well as national hotlines for crisis situations like suicide prevention (1-800-273-8255). Having these numbers handy will allow anyone feeling unsafe at any point during their travels through unfamiliar territory quickly seek assistance from trained professionals who can offer immediate aid until more permanent solutions can be implemented once back home again where they belong.”
Be aware of your surroundings
While traveling, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. While many places are safe, there are also areas that may not be so safe. It is important to stay alert and know where you are going while traveling alone.
If you find yourself in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, do not hesitate to get out of there as quickly as possible by walking directly away from the area or taking public transportation if available. Do not accept rides from strangers; instead call for help if necessary by dialing 911 or informing hotel staff about what happened so they can contact law enforcement officials on your behalf – this will ensure that someone will come check on your welfare with authority backing them up!
Be cautious with technology (we’re looking at you, social media)
While the internet is a great way to stay connected with friends and family, it can also be used to track your movements. If you don’t want anyone knowing where you are or what travel plans you have, keep your location off of social media accounts by turning off “check-ins.”
Similarly, keep posts vague enough that people won’t understand where exactly you’re traveling and when—but still provide enough information for them to recognize the post as yours (e.g., “I’m in Europe! 🇪🇺”). It’s fine if other people know this information; just don’t share it on social media accounts that require location services.
Also beware of sharing photos through messaging apps like WhatsApp or WeChat; some apps automatically include location data with each photo taken using them!
Keep all important documents in a safe place
- Keep it in your wallet. You never know when you’re going to need one copy of your passport, ID, and driver’s license—and it’s better to have them on hand than not have them at all.
- Keep the other copies in case they are lost or stolen. If you’ve got a travel wallet that has extra compartments for each of these documents, keep a copy inside the wallet and another outside of it. That way if your wallet does get lost or stolen (which is unlikely), then you still have access to these important documents.
Traveling solo can be scary, but if you plan ahead and stay aware, nothing will stop you
Traveling solo is a great way to learn more about yourself and grow as a person. You will inevitably meet new people on your travels, some of whom may become lifelong friends. Also, there are many places in the world where traveling alone is the norm—so don’t let fear hold you back from seeing all that the world has to offer!
If you’re someone who likes to travel alone, we hope these tips will help you to stay safe. As always, the most important thing is to be prepared—and don’t forget that if something does happen while you’re on your trip (or when you get back), call the police immediately!
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