Looking for the best travel safety tips? Is travelling the world as a solo female making you anxious? Not sure where to begin? Fear not. TW is here to share their tips and advice on how to stay safe and crush it as a female traveller.
Research Your Destination Thoroughly
For many travellers, planning and researching are almost as fun as actually travelling! In between scoping out the most beautiful beaches and coolest cities, take some time to look up safety information for where you are headed.
What are the best neighbourhoods? Are there only certain kinds of taxis you should take? Is there a medical centre in the city, just in case? When it comes to your lodging, how are its ratings for safety? What are former guests saying about their experiences? How are you going to get around? Do you need to rent a car? Do you need any vaccinations or prescriptions? Are there local health issues you should prepare for? Visit a travel clinic beforehand and talk to a doctor or nurse where you’re going.
Keep Your Valuables On You While in Transit
But you shouldn’t bring valuables in the first place! You shouldn’t bring anything you would be despondent to lose: family heirlooms, expensive jewellery, your birth certificate, and the likes.
You should have a day bag where you can fit all of your important items: your passport, your camera, your medication, your jewellery, your credit cards, your smartphone, and any other technology, photography or otherwise valuable equipment. Never put these items into your general backpack. Refrain from putting these items into the luggage hold on a bus. Don’t put any of those items into your checked luggage on a plane. If you let them out of your sight, there’s a fair chance that they could be taken away from you forever.
Watch Your Drinking
This is a travel safety tip that doesn’t get said often enough. It’s applicable whether you’re at home or on the road. When you drink alcohol, you dull your senses and slow your reaction time, which in turn makes you vulnerable to others. That doesn’t mean that you should avoid drinking altogether. Instead, drink slowly. Pace yourself. Eat beforehand or during. Have a glass of water in between each drink (your body will thank you in the morning). Be cognizant of what you are actually drinking, and always take drinks directly from the bartender.
Most importantly, resist the pressure, gentle or otherwise, to keep up with others who might be able to drink more than you.
Blend in as Much as You Can
The more you stand out, the more you brand yourself as someone who is unfamiliar with the location, which makes you more vulnerable to criminal attention. Instead, research your destination in advance, observe how people dress and try to pass as a local or if that’s impossible (like if you’re in Thailand or Mexico and look neither Thai or Mexican, try to pass as a longtime resident.
Get Travel Insurance
Do you really need travel insurance? Absolutely. It could save your life, and in this day and age, with so many online providers, there’s no reason not to get it.
Whether your luggage is lost, you end up in a political coup or natural disaster, or you need to go to the hospital while on the road, travel insurance will reimburse your expenses. If you’re robbed, travel insurance will provide you with the security you need. If the worst happens and you end up losing your life, good travel insurance will allow your family
to bring your body home without the hassle.
We hope these travel safety tips help you embark on safer adventures moving forward. And if you need some more, be sure to check out our latest issue for February where TV personality, Mimi Onalaja shares her travel tips.