Advice,  Safety

8 Essential Safety Tips for Solo Travellers

76% of travellers have either travelled alone already, or are considering taking a solo trip

These days, more and more people are choosing to travel solo. It’s a topic that we covered in our recent article Safety in numbers. In fact, industry figures suggest that 76% of travellers have either travelled alone already, or are considering taking a solo trip. Whilst there’s no doubt that it can leave you slightly more vulnerable than those travelling as a couple or in group, don’t let that stop you experiencing the freedom that solo travel promises. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete newbie, our eight essential tips will keep you safe on your travels.

  1. Location, location, location
    Choose a hotel in a good part of town, close to transport links and places to eat. Do your research and don’t fall for cheap prices – you always get what you pay for.
  2. Lock up valuables
    Put your passport, travel documents, money, cards and valuable into the safe as soon as you arrive. If there’s not one in your room, the front desk should have one.
  3. Travel door security
    For peace of mind and protection, you can’t get better than a door stopper with a security alarm. At £9.95, this one from Epic Traveller is a steal.
  4. Decoy wallet
    Keep your real stash of cash in your money belt or bra. But have a fake wallet with a couple of small notes and coins (maybe an expired bank card) to surrender to muggers.
  5. Share travel plans
    Make sure family and friends know your itinerary, accommodation and flight details. And don’t forget to keep in tough while you’re away.
  6. Go alcohol free
    Don’t take any chances by drinking too much alcohol or risking having your drink spiked. There are plenty of alcohol free choices these days and you’ll definitely be the first to the sun loungers the next day!
  7. Never tell strangers you’re solo
    It’s better to be safe than sorry.  Always say you’re meeting a friend or your partner has gone for a nap. You could try a decoy wedding ring too.
  8. Be confident
    Walk tall and hold your head up high. When you give the impression that you’re confident, you’re less likely to be seen as an easy target.

Got any safety tips that you use on solo trips? Share them in the comments below!

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