Safety Tips for Solo Female Travelers

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Most solo female travelers are concerned about their safety. Although this is a valid concern, it should not hinder you from traveling alone. Here are safety tips that every solo female traveler should consider when going on a trip to protect herself. 

Exercising Hotel Safety 

When checking in at a hotel, consider a room next to the elevator. That way, you won’t have to walk a long distance to your room. This is very important, especially if the hallway is poorly lit. When it comes to filling out the guest registration form, use the first initial rather than your name. Don’t include Mrs. or Miss in the forms. What’s more, ensure that the clerk doesn’t say out loud your room number. That way, the people in the vicinity won’t know much about you. 

Blend in With the Right Clothing 

Dress conservatively to blend in. Dressing like the other women at your travel destination will enable you to avoid unwanted attention. This doesn’t mean you have to put on traditional dresses. However, you should dress modestly. If you want to wear a skit, make sure that it reaches to your knees or even longer. Bare shoulders, arms, and legs may be risqué in some places. Therefore, take your time to research carefully before traveling to know the best ways to blend in. 

Know When to Make Friendships 

Having company can make you feel safer. It can also make your travel experience more enjoyable. However, you should not go befriending every stranger you come across. Instead, make friends when relaxing in a hostel or a hotel balcony. These are some of the best places to meet like-minded travelers. You can find women-only waiting rooms or sections in train stations. These are also good places to meet new people and befriend them. 

When traveling alone, your safety is largely your responsibility. Follow these safety tips to ensure your safety when traveling alone.