Traveling somewhere new is always an exciting time, and there’s something even more exciting about traveling completely solo. As much as it’s liberating and will really go a long way to changing a lot of your perspective on life in general, it’s always important to be smart and take precautions just in case.
In this post, we’re going to share with you some simple things you can do in advance of a solo travel trip to keep yourself safe and ensure you have a trip to remember for all the right reasons.
Do your research:
Although you’ll probably think of researching all the fun things to do on your trip, such as the best sights to see, the best places to get authentic food, and where to meet other solo travelers, it’s equally important to do research on the more practical aspects such as making sure you’re aware of the local customs and laws so you can avoid any problems if you accidentally get on the wrong side of them.
Book accommodation before you go:
Even if you’re a free spirit who doesn’t like to be tied down to a specific place or schedule, even just booking a hotel or hostel for your first night to get some sleep is going to be a good idea. Some countries, such as the United States will actually require this as proof of your trip as a tourist, so instead of just winging it when you get there, book something before you go to save yourself stress and to stay safe so you’re not wandering the streets of a new city in the middle of the night looking for a bed.
Book connections from the airport:
Most airports aren’t exactly the most fun places on earth, and once you’ve arrived in your new destination, then the last thing you want to be doing is hanging around outside one for any longer than you have to. From both a safety and practical point of view, the best thing you can do is book something like a hotel shuttle or private car from the airport to take you to your hotel. This means you’re getting a registered car from a genuine company and not risking getting into an unmarked car or getting ripped off by unregistered taxi drivers.
Take an emergency credit card:
It’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected when traveling, and an emergency credit card can really help with this. You should keep this on you in either a special travel bag you keep on your person or one that you can keep in a hotel safe. Many credit cards will have specific provisions for travelers such as travel insurance and credit protection services that can really come in handy should anything go wrong.
Make copies of your documents:
If you get into any difficulties abroad as a result of losing your passport or having it stolen, it’s always a good idea to have copies that you can go to your embassy with if you need help getting home. Even better if you have these backed up on the cloud so you can access them anytime, anywhere.