While many of us usually scout new destinations with our family and friends, it’s not uncommon to see solo travellers nowadays. Solo travel gives you the freedom to plan your trip solely according to your preferences. It also enables you to soak in your surroundings more deeply than if the chatter of your loved ones surrounded you.
However, travelling alone may make you more vulnerable to danger abroad – so, it’s best to stay prepared. With that said, here are five tips on staying safe during your trip.
Do your research
Before embarking on your trip, make sure to take note of the duration and rough costs of transportation services in your destination. Pay special attention to these factors around areas like your accommodation, the airport, and attractions that you want to visit.
Being alone in a foreign country means that you may not be aware of the “ideal” fares to pay for a taxi ride or meal. Hence, you may come to realise that you’re paying more than necessary. As such, always confirm the cost of your ride and make sure it’s similar to what you’ve researched before hopping in the cab.
Keep an eye on your valuables
Backpacks may seem practical and comfortable to carry around for the entire day. However, they’re targets for pickpockets as they can be easily opened without you noticing. Opt for cross-body bags that can be worn at the front so you can watch it at all times. Be sure to also hide valuables like your wallet and phone in inner compartments or in a waist pouch under your clothes.
If possible, avoid carrying important valuables like your passport out with you while you’re exploring the city. Instead, place them in a safe if your accommodation provides one.
Prepare for medical emergencies
While the chances of facing a medical emergency are low, it’s important to have emergency hotlines taken down before you embark on your trip. In case of a serious accident or health emergency, medical evacuation may be necessary.
Medical evacuation includes transportation back home or to a healthcare centre with suitable facilities. For situations where critical care is needed or a commercial flight isn’t feasible, an air ambulance is used. An air ambulance has the capacity to travel long distances while providing the necessary care.
List down your emergency contacts
Along with medical coverage, having an emergency contact list is also handy should an emergency situation arise while you’re alone overseas. Include your own contact information and those of your emergency contact back at home.
For your own reference, it’s also wise to have a list of contact numbers you may need in unforeseen circumstances. For instance, taking down the number of your credit card company in the event that you lose your wallet overseas or the number of your local embassy in case your passport is stolen.
Although travelling solo may seem intimidating for first-timers, it provides an opportunity and self-discovery as long as you take the necessary steps to keep yourself safe. Solo travellers have loads of fun. Go forth and embark on your next overseas adventure solo!