As someone who has always traveled solo across Europe and plans to do the same in Asia and Africa, I have learned a couple of unique tips and tricks to stay safe. When I first started traveling out of my small town in the U.S.A. I heard people say all kinds of negative things to me. I heard, "You're going to get kidnapped", "If I was your mother, I wouldn't let you go", and even "You're so pretty. You are going to be sex trafficked". There seems to be a negative stigma around women traveling by themselves but there is nothing that holds men accountable for their actions. We keep teaching women to stay safe and be EXTRA cautious but we also need to tell men to respect boundaries too. None the less, I know how important is is for us women to do our best to prevent ourselves from terrible people out there. But, please note that even if you are extra cautious things can still happen and it is NEVER your fault. It will always be the fault of the person who hurt you for being a terrible person.
Here are my 10 tips for staying safe based on my own experiences.
#1 Always carry a cross body purse.
#2 NEVER GO SIGHT SEEING AT NIGHT.
#3 DON'T HAVE SEX WITH A STRANGER YOU JUST MET AT HIS HOUSE OR AT NIGHT TIME
#4 BUY A SMALL LOCK
#5 PRINT A MINIMUM OF 2 COPIES OF YOUR PASSPORT
#6 LEARN A FEW KEY PHRASES OF WHERE YOU'RE GOING
#7 YOU DON'T NEED TO BE POLITE TO EVERYONE
#8 TURN ON GPS TRACKING
#9 MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ACCESS TO A MAP
#10 CONNECT WITH OTHER SOLO FEMALE TRAVELERS
You are a strong woman and I am so proud of you for deciding to jump all in to solo travel. Those are my 10 top tips to stay safe based on my own personal experiences. Don't ever let fear hold you back from traveling. Yes, there are tons of horror stories BUT there are a lot more great stories out there, go create one!
Cienna Richards is the CEO of Your Life Travel Club. The mission of Your Life Travel Club is to empower women to travel the world and live their best lives. Connect with us on social media and through our weekly travel card for information on group trips we host, new blog posts alert, giveaways, updates on YouTube and podcast episodes, and more.