You must be often told that females should not travel alone since it is not safe. Well, you shouldn’t let that fear stop you. If you’ve set your mind to travel, done your research and found some of the best destinations and have it all planned out, then you surely need to go ahead. Travelling will boost confidence in you as you will be taking care of your own self and it is also believed that travelling helps to discover your inner self. It is no surprise that any girl feels anxious before their first solo trip, however, the challenge is to overcome it and go enjoy. It is also vital that you pay attention to some of these tips before you head off to an unknown territory.
It is extremely vital that you do your homework before you step into the country. If you don’t know their culture, you might end up offending the locals and getting into trouble. For example, in some parts of the world, thumbs-up gives a whole different meaning. Also, it may be inappropriate to talk loudly in public so you might have to lower your volume. If you are entering a muslim country where women wear the hijab, it is better if you avoid revealing clothes too since that may offend their culture. Learn some common words of the local language so that you can easily communicate with locals. Stay updated with the current affairs of the country. For example, if there are elections going on, special festivals etc.
Keep emergency contact information
You never know what can go wrong, whenever and wherever. Hence it is vital that you learn the emergency numbers of the locality since 911 won’t work everywhere and research travel precautions. It is better to save them all in your phone before you go or right after you reach. Ask someone for the specific numbers since in some countries, there are different lines for different purposes such as crimes, medical emergencies etc. Write them down somewhere too in case the battery of your phone, dies. Also write down family contact numbers so you can call them up and let them know you are fine.
Plan your itinerary
.Knowing where you are travelling before you set off is very important. There is always great appeal in planning as you go as most travellers are free like a butterfly but this makes it difficult to let others know where you will be travelling on what dates. Looking for tips from travel bloggers on the internet to get inspiration before you jet off means even if you do change your track there is at least a good understanding of the original plan of your travel.P
Stay around people
Some may believe that taking a room all for yourself is much safer than sharing accommodation, however that can be wrong at times. It is always safer to stay with a few more travellers just like you. Hostels shared Airbnb rooms, host families etc. will not only keep you safe, but also let you meet new people and even lower your cost.
There are many tourism businesses around when you travel, these places will usually always have someone that speaks multiple languages which might make you feel safer as well.