Safe Solo Travel

Travelling alone can be a highly enjoyable experience. You get to do virtually whatever you want, without having to compromise based on who you’re with. You get the opportunity to make new friends, both with locals and other travellers. However, travelling alone raises new safety concerns. Below are some tips to ensure that your experience travelling alone is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

  • Know where you’re going! Before you even leave home research where you’ll be travelling extensively. Figure out the neighbourhoods, and what areas you need to stay away from in addition to researching what stuff you want to do
  • Give your friends and family an itinerary, and keep them updated regularly during your trip
  • Sign up to Smart Traveller before you leave – that way if anything happens in your destination the government can help track you down
  • Book accommodation in secure neighbourhoods, closer to the city – it often makes the commute home shorter and safer on a night out
  • Always carry identification; although be sure to keep it hidden
  • Carry personal items (e.g. wallet, phone) close to your body – it minimises the chance of it getting stolen by a pickpocket
  • Dress casually, and avoid wearing flashy or expensive items
  • Avoid walking around alone at night, especially if you’ve been drinking – take a cab to the front door of your accommodation wherever possible
  • Always be alert of your surroundings
  • Learn basic phrases in the local language to help you get around easier, or carry a piece of paper with common phrases translate
  • Make friends! Whether this be with locals or other travellers, making friends means you’ll have someone to explore your destination with. After all there is safety in numbers!

4 responses to “Safe Solo Travel

  1. Thanks Unravel Travel for this useful list. Travelling alone is a scary thought for many young Australian’s, or anyone in general too. Providing people with guidelines about what to do and what not to do is a fantastic way to ensure you stay safe when overseas, as we all know the world is an exciting, yet sometimes frightening arena and safety must always come first. The point about signing up to Smart Traveller is definitely a must do when travelling overseas, whether solo or in a group. It is definitely a useful site about whether countries you are entering are experiencing dangerous conditions and should be avoided – a definite must do on your list!

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