Whether you are an avid explorer, business person or casual traveller you may find yourself travelling on your own. Safety is always the top priority but isn’t something we think about often, especially as adults, when doing familiar tasks. I had the opportunity to be a guest on the Wellness Simplified Podcast with my good friend Suzi Fevens to share my Safety Tips for Female Travellers.
You can listen to the podcast episode here or continue reading for a brief summary of my Safety Tips for Female Travellers:
As a seasoned traveller I was delighted to share my tips with Suzi on the Wellness Simplified podcast. I get into some little things that I do without thinking, but some of you may have never considered doing…
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PACK ONLY WHAT YOU CAN HANDLE
Beginning at home – have you ever considered your luggage and how much you pack as a safety item? Do you think about what you are wearing as jewelry or on your feet as a something that can make you a target especially when travelling abroad?
Packing the amount that you can personally handle makes it much easier for you to handle yourself in any situation from getting in and out of transportation (taxi, trains, airplanes, etc) to taking all of your items to your hotel room with ease and so on. Believe me, when you begin travelling with small children you will be thankful you’ve mastered packing light and being able to handle all of your belongings (including your children) on your own.
I have been wearing fake, modest wedding bands for as long as I can remember when travelling alone. It mights seems a bit odd to do, but you would be surprised the amount of pestering a simple little ring deters. Also, if you are in the habit of wearing large flashy jewelry you may reconsider when travelling abroad as this will certainly gain attention, but not always in a positive way. This tip applies to men as well in some areas of the world where watches are in high demand and can be re-sold easily.
GET DROPPED OFF AT YOUR FINAL DESINTATION
Get dropped off EXACTLY where you need to go. It’s simple but what that really means is take a cab or better yet a limo. When you are by yourself it is not a great time to be experimenting with public transit or getting dropped off blocks away from your final destination. Consider the additionally $5-$10 of cost as your personal insurance policy to make sure you get to where you need to go efficiently and safely.
There are a few things to keep in mind at hotels:
DON’T ANNOUNCE YOUR ROOM #
When you checked in the receptionist did NOT say your room number out loud for a reason… it is a bad idea to turn around and immediately announce your room number to a colleague/friend. Also, it is unfair to your colleague/friend for you to ask their room number out loud while still in the lobby where lurkers could easily be listening in on your conversation.
CHOOSE A ROOM CLOSE TO THE ELEVATOR
Most people ask for a room with a view and as far away from the elevator as possible due to the noise. I do the exact opposite. Staying as close to the elevator as possible allows me to avoid walking down a long deserted hallways by myself regardless of what time I might be returning to my room. I think we can all agree that even if you’re not fearful for your safety following someone down the hall until one of you finally stops at your room is SOOO awkward! The bonus for this tip becomes apparent if you choose impractical footwear (as I often do) when returning to your room you have less of a walk making your feet a little happier.
PAY ATTENTION IN THE ELEVATOR
Pay attention to where everyone is going and if someone seems to be following you. If you think they are choose a different floor or fake you forgot something in the lobby and simply go back and start over. Usually if your gut is telling you “something is up”, something is up.
USE THE DEADBOLT TO LOCK YOUR DOOR
You never know who was in the room the night before you, maybe their key still works, maybe the cleaners are trying to come in and you’re still sleeping… in the podcast I go into detail about something that happened to me and why I’m thankful I was using the deadbolt, but in summary – lock your door!
TALK YOUR WAY HOME
Walking after dark is never a great choice regardless if you are in a big city or in the countryside. Ever since university my besties and I have been “talking each other home” to ensure we arrive safely. That means when it doesn’t make sense to take a cab (Example: the restaurant you ate dinner in is 1 block away from your hotel) but it’s dark outside we talk on the phone until the person travelling is safely in the hotel, up the elevator and has made it into their room.
WEAR RUNNING SHOES
Suzi recommends wearing running shoes when you’re travelling. I agree with her since they are the shoes that will allow you to “get away” the fastest and they also take up the most space in your luggage. In the podcast episode Suzi elaborates about a time she was thankful to have her running shoes on while travelling (listen above).
If you have additional safety tips for female travellers to share, please do! I love learning new tips to safely travel the world 🙂
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