A planned traveling is often associated with fun, adventure and excitement. And who wouldn’t want to experience something amazing like visiting a totally unique location or experiencing another culture? But travelling isn’t always glamorous or convenient – especially when you travel alone. There are countless things that can go wrong even though you’ve planned ahead. Read on to get some practical tips from experts on how to stay safe while travelling solo.
Have a Planned traveling strategy
Have an itinerary or route mapped out before you leave home. It’s important to have your destination in mind as well as the time of departure. You’ll need to know which places to visit, where they’re located, what it takes to get there (like buses, trains, planes), what the weather will be like, how long it will take to get there, if you’ll need to rent a car, etc. Make sure to include any details about how you’ll find accommodation, food, entertainment, transportation, etc., so you don’t miss anything. If possible, make a list of all these items beforehand so that you have everything at hand when needed.
Know Your Budget
Once you know your budget for being away for several weeks, determine the amount of money that you usually spend on traveling. This information will help you in deciding how much money you should save up for this trip. Depending on your needs, this might mean saving extra cash for souvenirs, buying a plane ticket early, choosing cheaper accommodations, not eating out every day, and more. Whatever you decide, do not let yourself become too stressed about spending less than usual because you think that you cannot afford it.
Research the Area Beforehand
Researching the area you plan to travel to beforehand gives you an idea of what activities to expect and whether you’ll enjoy them or not. This makes a planned traveling a success. Check out tourism websites or ask locals to give you their recommendations based on personal experiences. Also look into what services are available locally, such as hospitals, pharmacies, banks, ATMs, grocery stores, gas stations, post offices, tourist attractions, museums, historical sites, public transportation, etc. Some countries do require mandatory vaccinations prior to entering the country, so check with your local health department for advice.
If possible, pack light. You don’t want to carry heavy bags around that weigh you down. Try to choose only the essentials: clothes, toiletries, cosmetics, medications, your purse/wallet, passport, tickets, documents, etc. A backpack or small suitcase should suffice since they’re easy to store and transport. If you’re planning on bringing along someone else, try to coordinate schedules so one person doesn’t need to carry as many things around.
Choose Accommodations Carefully
Depending on the length of your trip, consider staying in air-conditioned hotels instead of hostels. They come equipped with free Wi-Fi, showers, kitchens, laundry facilities, breakfast, internet access, TV programs and other amenities. But don’t feel obligated to pay full price just because they offer better service. The best way to compare prices is by checking online reviews. If you’d rather stay in a hostel, then make sure to book in advance. When booking hostels online, make sure to read the terms and conditions carefully to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Be Aware of Scams Online
One common scam that tourists fall prey to is fake dating profiles. These dating scams often target lonely travelers who are looking for love abroad. These scammers use fake pictures, messages, and even Skype accounts to lure unsuspecting victims. Since most of these scammers speak English, they can easily fool people into thinking they’re speaking to a real person. Don’t respond to anyone who seems too interested in meeting up with you before asking for some form of identification, like a driver’s license, passport, social security card, credit card, debit card, hotel receipt, business card, etc. Even if they seem legit, never send money or provide your bank account information to strangers.
Remember that no matter where you go in the world, there are ways to have fun responsibly and safely! For you to do that you must have a planned traveling plan. Do your research, be aware of scams, and always exercise caution when traveling. Hopefully, this list has given you some ideas on how to prepare for a safe vacation. Good luck on your travels!