This New York Times Article touched on the recent history and risks of females traveling. It had me re-living all my enjoyable adventures with me, myself, and I. There is a beauty in the discomfort of solo travel that’s left me with many lessons and many more stories. Even though sharing experiences with the people I love is more of an interest these day, my days waking up alone in a brand new place and getting to do whatever the hell I wanted will always hold a special place in my heart. Whether you’re on the road alone or not, there always a little homework we can do pre-trip and during just to be extra safe. It’s all fun and games until somebody looses a passport…..
Here’s the LLYOV list of tips for safe travel
1. Know where your embassy is located.
2. Ask your new local friends or Hotel staff about the area. I always ask for restaurant suggestions, any can’t miss spots, and if there are any parts of town I should be weary of. The goal is to not sound like you’re afraid of their part of the world, just curious and interested.
3. Double check for anything questionable in your luggage and make sure there are plenty of pages in your passport. No one wants to be brought to a room and questioned, but it can be extra intimidating as a solo female in a far off place.
4. Let people know where you are (even if its just through social media)
5. Keep half your money and your passport close to your body. Keep a second stash of money and copies of important documents in some secret zipper in your suitcase or a hotel safe.
6. Always search a place for reviews. Yes, some of the best gems cannot be found online but if you’re wanting to play it safe, go to a more reputable place
7. Get a phone: a simple old cell phone and some minutes are usually cheap and definitely worth it
8. Be 360*, aware of your surrounds all the time. You’re much more of a target if your head is in the clouds or in your new/old phone you just bought that has snake on it.
9. Schedule your moves so you arrive in a new place during the day.
10. Stay sober
11. Go above and beyond to blend in by respecting the culture. Do I support women being covered head to toe? Not necessarily, but I don’t think it’s a foreigners right to challenge the trend. The daisy dukes and tank tops that I saw at the temples in Egypt recently SHOCKED me. If you’re unsure of current attire bring options and look for locals.
Your last and most dependable tip…..
12. Trust your instincts,
Remember, even if you follow every tip in the book there are no guarantees, but just like the Times article signed off….
“Bad things can happen, but bad things can happen when you get in a taxi in New York.”
Travel on….. and let us know if you have any personal precautions or safety tips.