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Women Travelling Alone

Women travelling alone often appear more vulnerable than those travelling in groups and need to take certain steps to ensure their safety.  Whether you’re travelling by car, camper van, bike or public transport, personal safety is a vital issue and preparing for the journey can make it a much safer and more relaxed experience.  People travel alone for all sorts of reasons and it’s not necessarily a lonely experience.  Some of us are just loners – we enjoy our own company and find travelling much more interesting when we’re not restricted by the interest (or non-interest) and intentions of others.

How many times have you visited an interesting place or tourist attraction and found it intensely impressive and been hurried on by travelling companions who just aren’t interested in anything other than getting to the next restaurant or bar?  Or wanted to stop and take photos of the stunning sights only to be rushed by somebody needing to find the nearest toilets or gift shop?  Travelling alone can just be more interesting and enjoyable for many people, including many women.

You’ll need to be sensible and here are a few tips that will make travelling alone for women easier and safer.

  • Avoid arriving in places late at night if possible.  You need to arrive early enough to get the feel of a place and have a good look round.
  • Leave all your valuables at home where possible – you probably won’t need a load of jewellery and bling.  As for cameras, ereaders and other gadgets – try to keep them stashed safely in your baggage while travelling, rather than have them out on show.
  • Use a secure money belt of some sort for cash and passports but try to spread your money around within your luggage.  Keep a separate emergency stash somewhere that’s hard to find and if you do lose your wallet you’ll have enough to get by.
  • Leave photocopies of your passport, visa and travel documents/insurance with somebody at home and carry the numbers of your embassy and insurance company in case of emergencies.
  • Keep a mental checklist of your important stuff (passport, money, tickets, bookings, keys, camera, etc) and every time you go out or move on run through the checklist to make sure you leave nothing behind.

If you are travelling alone, it’s a good idea to have somebody back home that you contact at pre-arranged intervals.  This way, if something does go wrong, somebody will be expecting contact from you and will get in touch with the authorities.

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