Let’s Get Ready for Takeoff

Safety Tips for the Solo Traveller

Travel can be a little intimidating and stressful, as we all have a fear of the unknown. This is even truer for those who choose to travel solo.

To assist in you in feeling more at ease when travelling solo, I have assembled a list of safety tips which will make the thought of travelling solo a little less intimidating.

 

Whenever you are adventuring out on your own, remember that safety for solo travel and solo adventures always begins before you leave home.

AND WE ARE OFF……

  • Research, research and more research.  Research is the key to safety as a successful solo traveller
  • Choose a destination that is within your comfort zone
  • Arrange travel/health insurance before leaving to your destination
  • Scan passport, credit cards, health card, travel insurance documents, flight tickets. Email all of these documents to yourself so that you have everything on your phone, as well as to a trusted friend or family member
  • Make arrangements to have your mail collected
  • If you will be gone for an extensive period of time (over 2 weeks), make arrangements to have your house checked periodically
  • Research tours and attractions.  Make a list of all of the “must see’s” and “must do’s” and book your “must do” tours in advance in order to avoid disappointment
  • research-tours-and-attraction-before-traveling
    Research tours and attractions prior to traveling
  • When booking your flights, always ensure that you arrive during daylight hours.  Have your transportation to your hotel planned beforehand if possible, otherwise grab a “licensed” taxi from the airport.  Make sure you research the taxi service at your destination
  • Make arrangements for travel to the airport. I prefer to take a limousine or airport taxi service. The last thing I want to do is drive over an hour home when returning from my vacation
  • Research the destination to determine the “safe” areas and book your accommodation in these areas. Always avoid the questionable areas of your destination

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    Avoid dark alleyways

 

  • Once you have your flights, hotels and tours booked, make an itinerary which contains the names of hotels, destinations, events and telephone numbers.  Give this to a trusted friend or family member, as well as email it to yourself so that you have it on your phone
  • Find the contact information for the law enforcement at your destination, as well as your Country’s consulate. This should be stored in your phone and available to you at all times
  • Carry your valuables in your front pocket and store your cash and credit cards in various different places
  • Always carry your passport with you. Leave a photocopy of your passport in your suitcase.  Always have a copy of your passport stored on your phone in the event that your passport gets lost or stolen

Related:  Carry-On Essentials

  • Research culture, religion, dress, etc. of the destination you are visiting.  Remember,  you are a guest and should always follow the culture of your destination.  Avoid drawing attention to yourself….dress like a local
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Dress like a local
  • When touring an unfamiliar destination, stay in the well populated areas and avoid alleyways and secluded areas
  • Never disclose the name of your accommodation, destination, etc. to strangers no matter how friendly they may seem. Be friendly, make friends, but never provide personal information.  Never let on that you are travelling alone
  • Do not explore after dark, unless you are extremely familiar with the area, or have met up with a trusted person
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Be alert,  do not use your cellphone or earbuds unless it is absolutely necessary. Do not become distracted. Sit and/or stand with your back against a wall or barrier so that you are always aware of your surroundings

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    Sit so you can see and are aware of your surroundings
  • Leave all valuables at home and do not to wear flashy jewelry and/or clothing.  Be conservative in your attire
  • Be prepared if you find yourself lost. Ensure that you have a map of your destination installed on your phone or carry a map with you
  • Never, ever get intoxicated or leave your drink unattended
Watch your alcohol intake whenever travelling solo
Limit your alcohol intake whenever travelling solo
  • Post on social media every day or two so that your friends and family know you are safe.  They will also enjoy seeing your photos
  • Exude confidence.  Walk with a purpose and make eye contact. Always smile
  • Be friendly but firm, if need be
  • Always have your cellphone fully charged
  • Listen to your gut! If a situation doesn’t feel right, it likely isn’t. Remove yourself
  • Even though it is recommended that you have an itinerary prior to leaving for your destination, don’t plan every second of every day.  Leave yourself some free time to relax or just explore your local surroundings
  • Try something new that you have never tried before. Whether it be food or an activity or something else, get out of your comfort zone and live!  Have fun!

Related:  10 Tips for the Solo Cruiser

try the food and experience the culture whenever travelling
Try the local food

Although this list appears extensive, the key to successful travel is to prepare, prepare, prepare and research, research, and more research.  I have now been travelling solo for almost 10 years and I still follow this list each and every time I travel or adventure out on my own.

“Traveling alone will be the scariest, life changing, experience of your life.  Try it at least once” – unknown

Related:  Solo Travel – Bursting That Bubble

I would love to hear how you prepare for a successful travel experience!  Leave me a comment or fire me off an email.  I’d love to hear from you!

Safe and Happy Travels!!!

Kelly xoxo

 

 

27 thoughts on “Let’s Get Ready for Takeoff

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  3. Anja

    Very useful. I am always super concerned about safety when I travel – especially safety at home while I am away. I pretty much follow your advice already. So far, I am happy to say no issues rather than a dodgy stomach

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  4. Kristina

    Great tips. Ive never travelled alone, always with family or friends. Ive always been to scared but its something i would like to one day try. Its always important to be aware of dangers while exploring 😀

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  5. coriramos

    I wish I had the courage to solo-travel. For now I enjoy reading posts like yours to take me to the places I dream of going. 🙂

    The pics you shared are gorgeous! And these tips will help any solo-traveler hopeful to start seeing the world.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Cori

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    1. Just One Passport

      Thanks Cori. I’ve been travelling solo for almost 10 years now and I still get nervous every single time. I don’t think that it’s something that you ever get fully use to. But I love to travel and I won’t give it up, so solo travel it is lol

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  6. aniajames

    I travel alone or with just with young kids and first rule is to use common sense, I found America more dangerous than any of Asian countries

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  7. Corritta

    Great tips. We travel as a family but I’ve been thinking of taking a side trip by myself. This article is great for keeping everything straight… I’ve become a little scatter brained these days. Where do you think is the best place to take your first solo trip?

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    1. Just One Passport

      Hmmmm…..that’s a great question. My 1st solo trip abroad was St. Lucia, which is more than a little ambitious lol. Start small, by going to a place close to you where you feel comfortable. You don’t have to board a plane :). It’s the perfect way to recharge, especially with kids still at home.

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  8. cheryltansr

    Im looking to travel solo soon and I love the tips that you post here.
    Any tips on where I should venture to for my first solo holiday?

    P/S: Living in Asia my entire life, I do think that there is a
    cacophony of culture to be appreciated here!

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  9. africawanderlustblog

    You have a lot of valuable tips for the solo traveler. Thanks for sharing. I saw you have on the list to have someone check up on your place if traveling for an extended hour. Leaving the lights on in the bedroom or living room could also do the trick.

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