So, you really, REALLY want to go traveling. Solo traveling that is. Your friends are busy, strapped for cash, or dare we say it, just plain boring? Hey, no judgement – that makes you the fun one. (BTW – wanna show them why solo travellers are so badass? Look no further). But don’t go without having these Travel Safety Tips!

The problem is, you’ve spent numerous hours listening to horror stories on a scale of Ted Bundy to Saw, probably from the more conservative of your friends or maybe your mom, dad or other? We’ve all been there – we bet even Bear Grylls got the third degree from his mother.

The bottom line is that, as a sensible, sassy and independent woman, you want to make sure you’re being as safe as you can. Yesss, you go glen coco (sorry). Here, you’ll find the ultimate collection of the hottest tips specifically for young ladies such as ourselves spread over the internet, plus a bit of hard-learned, hard-earned advice of our own.

Yay, trawling through a sea of common sense polluted with obvious tips (otherwise known as your one-stop Google search) stops here!

9 Travel safety tips - travel facts for women

Travel Safety Tips #1
Clever girls are having a moment…

Numero Uno. Do you research. Hey, it’s traveling not the history of the sandwich, you can do this. This should include..

  • Where you’ll stay and how you’ll get there. Make sure you find out whether there are dodgy areas here – it goes without saying, but we’d recommend avoiding those 😉 Think TripAdvisor and so on.
  • If you’re thinking of going for an Airbnb or couch surfing, only go for places with a lot of good reviews.
  • Wherever you stay, learn the name and address of it and write it down to hand to a taxi driver if necessary. We’re not about judging your language skills but better safe than sorry!
  • Asking friends. And it’s not official unless it’s on Facebook – make a fancy colourful post and find out who’s been and what their advice is.
  • There’s nothing to stop you asking people when you get there. Be nice to female hotel staff and they might just clue you in on what not to do.
  • Check out some travel blogs or podcasts? Here’s our favourite (and thrifty) podcaster-blogger! Otherwise check out our top 9 travel bloggers of the moment here.

Travel Safety Tips #2
Strut that stuff

Work it giiirl, exude that confidence. When you’re walking down the street it an unfamiliar place, it helps to blend it and look like you know what’s what. So dress like a local or a long-term expat and consider leaving those shorts in your suitcase, the tan’s not worth it.

If you need to read Google Maps (or even a real map), nip into a coffee shop or plan before leaving your accommodation. There’s no need to paint that red target on your forehead just yet.

And while we’re on the subject, leave your valuables at home. Home-home that is, not your hotel. Anything you absolutely must bring, try to keep it in safes or hidden on your person. Mind out though, in some places such as Argentina, it’s better to avoid having anything on your person (especially visibly – think necklaces, rings or brand names) as muggings are very common. Number 1 comes in here (research).

Travel Safety Tips #3
Valuables

Nope, still not done on this one.

  • Pack light and make use of lockers/safes.
  • Try to keep valuables at home (home-home)
  • Don’t keep all your money in one place – you’ve heard about what happened to that one basket of eggs, right? Make sure you have an emergency cash spot (emergencies only mind you!)
  • Consider hanging a ‘Do not disturb’ sign on your door and keeping your TV on when you’re out if you are worried about a flimsy door and break ins.
  • Get travel insurance and while we’re at it print out any relevant documents and store them online in your email.

Travel Safety Tips #4
Feeling safe out and about

It’s all very well acting confident, but what about feeling it? Some great tips include:

  • If you are ordering room service or someone knocks at your door, don’t let them know that you are alone. Say something like, oh my friend is coming right back.
  • Before you get in a taxi take a snap of their registration plate. Great if you lose anything and great for peace of mind if you send it to someone (just in case). In fact, when you’re in the taxi, consider making a real or fake call to someone saying ‘I’ll see you in five minutes’ to give the impression that someone is meeting you there. Follow the taxi on Google Maps to ensure you’re going the right way.
  • Self-defence products like Mace may make you feel safer. Keep in mind that you are unable to bring this on your carry on, but should be allowed to pack it in your check in bag.
  • Wearing headphones while not listening to music can both discourage unwanted advances and allow you to listen to people’s conversation if you are worried it is about you. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Carry a doorstop to wedge under a weak looking door.

Travel Safety Tips #5
To make friends or not to make friends

Alright, obviously it is nice to make friends. BUT, be careful and trust your instincts.

New friends and local ones at that are great for showing us the area and giving us all those hot tips. They might even be useful in terms of safety and helping us avoid dodgy areas etc.

Our advice is to look on Facebook groups like Girls Gone International or websites like the Go Girl Travel Network to find some like-minded mates.

Need more info on making friends abroad? Here’s a whole bunch of tips on making your solo trip sociable!

Travel Safety Tips #6
Alcohol is not (always) your friend

Yes, yes, we said nothing obvious would be here. We lied (Oh, is there nobody left to trust!) But seriously, alcohol – though fun, granted – is undeniably bad in big doses. Traveling solo means you haven’t got your tried and tested trustees watching your back.

So take it slow, place yourself and (our favourite technique) drink a glass of water with every cocktail/wine/shot/beer.

Travel Safety Tips #7
Schedule a Skype

Or you know, a FaceTime, whatever you crazy kids are using these days 😉

Seriously though, a regular scheduled call to let your family know where you are will keep you safe as well as happy.

(It’s definitely also sending them or a friend your travel itinerary too though.)

Travel Safety Tips #8
In transit

Avoid empty train carriages and try to pick spots with other women nearby. Really try to avoid night trains and absolutely avoid sleeping on the train, which can be dangerous for you and your belongings.

Travel Safety Tips #9
Trust your gut

Never ignore your gut feeling. If you want to say no, say no. Your body tells you things for a reason and it is never a good idea to ignore it simply because you feel like it could be awkward to say no or it might hurt someone’s feelings.

Once you’ve got these little tips and ways to stay safe down, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a serious solo traveller. Not too serious we hope.

All that’s left is deciding where to go. Europe seems like a safe start to your solo travel journeys. And here’s the 10 most beautiful (and budget friendly) spots.

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Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them then on a postcard?

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