Solo Travel: How to Up the Enjoyment and Lower the Risk
We know that the world is a wonderful place, packed with amazing things to see and do. Of course, we all want to head off and enjoy what it has to offer, and line our Instagram feed with pictures to make our friends back home jealous – it’s what life is all about!
Miami, New York, Rome, Paris, the Bahamas, Sydney, Thailand, the list goes on and on. Can you imagine the pictures you’ll return home with? Not to mention the tan!
Off on your travels solo? Here’s how to up the enjoyment and lower the risk!
Of course, we need to be realistic here too, because life is about balancing enjoyment with risk. As females, we do tend to have a very slightly higher risk when we travel; you could call it karmic payback for being so downright amazing, but we have to be a little more careful than our male counterparts. If you’re careful however, and if you know what to do and what to look for, solo female travel is just as safe as any other kind of travel.
First things first, you need to know what to do; so, let’s talk about how a girl can travel safely in the world, and cut out that slight risk we were talking about.
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Take a Private Transfer From The Airport
When you arrive at your destination airport, it’s a good idea to book a private transfer, instead of relying on taxis and shuttle buses to get you to your hotel. This has a few upsides, but the main one is safety. You’re tired, you’re grouchy, and you want to go to bed – this leaves you vulnerable, so, getting to your hotel quickly and safely should be your number one concern. Aside from that, who wants to travel in transfer hell when they could be in an air-conditioned private car? No brainer if you ask us!
Look Into Wi-Fi Options
Staying connected with friends and family back home is a great way to stay safe, but also to generally stay in touch and cut down on home sickness. It totally depends on where you are going as to what the Wi-Fi connection will be like, and availability too, and whilst most cafes, restaurants, bars, and hotels have free Wi-Fi on offer, not all do. Check out what your options are before you go, and it might be a good idea to consider buying a sim card for the place you’re going. This means you can top up with a 3G internet package, in case you need it. You could also look into renting a Wi-Fi box like this, which you can take with you within a certain region. Of course, it also helps that you can check your WhatsApp and Facebook page for gossip on the go too!
Now, we are wonderfully fashionable females, and we love to look fantastic – this is totally normal. No-one should ever dull your fashion shine, but if you are travelling somewhere which is a little more traditional, perhaps increase the neck line and skirt/short length just a tad. We’re not suggesting you go around wearing next to nothing anyway, because we’re all very classy, fashionable females around here, but in certain places, our idea of modest and their idea of modest can be quite different. To air on the side of caution, just think below the knee in terms of length and around the décolletage for the neck line. Easy!
Carry a Personal Alarm
Do you remember a few years ago when personal alarms were all the rage? It’s likely you were given a rather bulky device free of charge by someone, to keep in your bag ‘just in case’. Did you ever use it? Probably not, and thankfully so. This could also be because they were quite impossible to figure out how to use, but these days they are streamlined, easy to activate, and don’t take up any room at all. Invest in one, a pink, shiny one if you must. You can buy a personal alarm here.
Consider Your Risks
Now, when you travel, do you leave your brain at the airport, or do you take it with you? Hopefully you’ll be going for the latter, but we’ve all also done something whilst abroad that we wouldn’t have done at home. Why do we do this? Probably something to do with too much sun. The thing is, it’s important to consider your risks even more when you’re away from your usual surroundings, and be a little cynical if you must. Do not trust that handsome stranger, you haven’t met him before, you don’t know what he wants. Say no to that free, bright orange, glittery shot, Lord only knows what is in it. Do not walk around on your own at night, you are not invincible or immune to unwanted attention. See where we’re going with this? Just use your common sense, that’s all.
As you can see, staying safe on a girly solo break is not rocket science, it’s simply about being a bit more careful and keeping safety at the forefront of your mind.