Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

The people who have never tried Solo Traveling before are probably shit scared of the concept. Personal safety is one of the reasons you have not given solo traveling a try. Well anything can go wrong anywhere. You can get mugged in your own backyard or in Colombia. But You can take certain precautions to avoid your solo trip turning into a movie plot of ‘Taken‘. It is all about being aware of your surroundings and following some basic safety tips. If you love traveling, then you better not stay at home with a pepper spray in your hand.

Be in touch with Family:

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Always keep in touch with your family. Let them know where you are going. If you are staying in a local home-stay let your host know when you will be back. Stick to a communication schedule. If you are hitching a ride, take a pic of the number plate and send it to your family. Get a local SIM and remain connected to your world.


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Study up on your destination. Do not follow what the media projects about a place. Better read blog articles of travelers who have been to these places. They can give you a better first-hand information about the place than the stupid media who keep showing you bullshit just for the sake of TRP. Learn about the local culture so that you won’t piss off the locals.

Act Confident:

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You are bound to be nervous on your first Solo Trip. But showing the nervousness outside can make you look like an easy target. Live and act like a local. Do not show off that shiny wrist watch or your favorite necklace and project yourself as a dumb tourist. Just blend in and don’t appear like you are traveling alone.

Watch your belongings:

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Keep a lookout for snatchers and pickpockets. Do not leave your backpacks unattended. Do not let it lie around loose. Keep your hand around one of the straps. Lock up your bags when travelling. Ensure that your hostel/hotel have secure lockers. Keep your cash in the front pockets of your pants. And don’t keep all your cash at one place. Keep some in the backpack or side-bag. Keep some back at the hotel for emergencies.

Stay Healthy:

One of the best part of traveling is the local food. But it is advisable not to eat a lot of street food. That does not mean you have to splurge all your money on high end restaurants. The science of street food is that, the more you eat the more your body gets adapted to it. But when you are travelling you are not likely to spend enough time to get adapted. So google out the popular local food joints. They maybe a bit crowded but it is safer. Also keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. All trouble starts with alcohol. Travel along with your regular medication.

Carry your ‘weapons’:

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Always keep your ‘weapons’ handy. The best weapon is your common sense. Try to avoid any tricky situations in the first place. Pepper sprays, Hiking sticks, Selfie sticks, a whistle, a pen etc can come in handy.

Bring out your Ninja side when needed:

If you get cornered then it is better to throw your possessions away from you and run. If you are aggressively approached by a man then go for the ‘quick and strong kick to the groin’ move and disappear. Women usually won’t resort to physical violence. They will try the seductive way and spike your drink which you can easily avoid. If you are being followed, then don’t move into an isolated alleyway, do not stop walking. Get into a more crowded place or the first restaurant you come across.

Connect with everyone but Don’t trust everyone:

Meeting new people is one the best parts of Solo Trip. But at the same time it makes you more vulnerable. Scammers are the ones who may be over-friendly. It is OK to talk but not to trust them with your personal info or valuables. It is OK to be open minded but keep your guard up to ensure your own personal safety. Always trust yourself. If your internal alarms are going off, then better trust them.

32 thoughts on “Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

  1. Great tips – and I’m all over the ninja part! Now I just have to book a solo trip for myself. I might start with weekends first and work up to longer trips!

  2. I think you have some really good tips! One I give to most people is to blend in as you say. Avoid carrying cameras or shiny objects and always avoid dark empty streets.

  3. Great list of keeping safe, we do most of them, but had not thought of weapons, will keep that one in mind! Really anything can be used as a weapon. My handbag always so full probably could wack someone with that 🙂

  4. good tips! especially the stay in touch one. so many people get caught up in the moment that they forget to ‘check in’ with friends and family at home. When I traveled solo (or even now at night), I always do the new yorker thing — carry my keys between my middle fingers (one poking out on each side) – great to jab someone’s eyes out and your key is ready when you get to your door 🙂

  5. I love the advice. I often travel solo and am not scared but I actually would not choose certain countries to travel alone (e.g. Colombia). Always good to have some reminders about security.

  6. You have compiled a list of really good suggestions. My favorite is to act confident. I think that alone would deter many people from the get go. I have never really done any extensive travel alone because I always enjoy someones company best. Still, quite admirable when you have to go it alone.

  7. Great tips! It’s always a good idea to stay informed and safe while you travel. Keeping in touch with loved ones is especially a good idea. Also, doing research is a great idea! Thankfully, bloggers help so much with that! 🙂

  8. Great tips. You’re right – it can be scary the first time that you go away on your own. I will send this over to anyone I know who is heading for a solo trip in the future!

  9. Even if you are used to traveling alone, it’s always good to have reminders on how to stay safe. I remember traveling solo for the first time and it was a bit daunting. These tips are good for seasoned travelers as well as those going it alone for the first time.

  10. I agree that it is better to learn from the fellow travelers who have been to our planned travel destinations than trust the bullshit of media broadcasting. Some places is not as terrible as media portraits, and we just have to be confident and brave to go outside and explore it on our own. And what I learned about solo travel all these years is to always always trust our instinct. It is never go wrong.

  11. You have listed some of the very important tips that every traveller needs to remember while travelling. I might just add not to test your alcohol limit if your doing a night out, unless you are sure the people around can be trusted. Also do not carry too many expensive items and try to blend with the surrounding with your outfit choices as much as possible.

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